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UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees

Kellie Blue

Kellie Hunt Blue '93, Chair

Pembroke, N.C.
Occupation: Business Executive 
Board of Governors appointee through 2019

 

Kellie Hunt Blue, a resident of Pembroke, N.C., was appointed to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Board of Trustees by the UNC Board of Governors in 2011 and reappointed in 2015. Mrs. Blue was re-elected chair of the Board for the 2016-2017 academic year and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund. She also served on the 2009 and 2015 Chancellor Search Committees. 

Mrs. Blue studied accounting at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and the Institute of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is the finance director of Robeson County and has worked as an internal auditor with Southern National Bank in Lumberton, N.C. She has served on the Southeastern Regional Mental Health Board and the Federal Credit Union Advisory Board, was President of Exploration Station Children’s Museum, and is a former member of the UNC Pembroke Foundation Board.

 

Michael HolmesMichael Holmes '72, Vice Chair

Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
Occupation: Business Executive 
Board of Governors appointee through 2017

 

The UNC Board of Governors appointed Admiral Michael Holmes to the UNCP Board of Trustees in 2013. He serves on the Audit and Ethics and Student Life and Athletics Committees, and chairs the Finance and Administration Committee. Admiral Holmes was re-elected vice chair of the Board for the 2016-2017 academic year. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund.

Admiral Holmes is a 1972 graduate of UNCP. He served 32 years as a Naval officer before retiring in 2005. He held five command tours including that of Commanding Officer, Patrol Squadron Thirty (VP-30), the largest aviation squadron in the U.S. Navy. As a Flag Officer, Admiral Holmes commanded the Navy’s eight Pacific-based patrol and reconnaissance squadrons located in Whidbey Island, W.A., and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Holmes’ final command tour  was commander of the Navy’s Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, stationed in Norfolk, V.A. This command consisted of 16 P-3 Orion squadrons and a work force of more than 11,000 sailors and civilians.

Currently, Admiral Holmes is a vice president for L-3 Communications in their Platform Integration Division. An aerospace company, L-3 Communications is the nation’s sixth largest defense contractor with sales of $15 billion annually. 

 

Don MetzgerDon Metzger, Secretary

Lumberton, N.C.
Occupation: Retired Business Owner
Governor's appointee through 2017

 

Don Metzger was appointed to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Board of Trustees by Governor Pat McCrory in 2013. He is a member of the Audit and Ethics, Educational Planning and Personnel, and Finance and Administration Committees. Mr. Metzger is also the Board representative for the UNCP Foundation, Inc. Board and served on the 2015 Chancellor Search Committee.

Mr. Metzger was born and raised in Kansas City, Mo. He attended the University of Missouri where he received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a master's in Construction Management. After graduation, Mr. Metzger worked as an engineer for several Ohio companies before starting his own consulting engineering company, Site Consultants, Inc. In 1974 he started an industrial construction company, Progressive Building Methods, Inc. He served as president of both companies until selling them in 1980, at which time he moved to Lumberton, N.C. and, with a partner, bought F.R. Bray Construction Company (Construction Systems, Inc.). Mr. Metzger sold the business in 1999.

Mr. Metzger is a member of several professional organizations and has remained actively involved with the local community for over 30 years. He has served on various committees and boards to include the Committee of 100 (which he helped found), the Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Robeson Community College, and the steering committee of the National League of Cities Community and Economic Development Committee. Most recently, Mr. Metzger served on the Lumberton City Council representing precinct one.

Mr. Metzger is married to his wife, Linda, and they have six children and 13 grandchildren. In service to the university and community, he and his wife established the Linda and Don Metzger Endowed Scholarship in Business to help students dedicated to furthering their education achieve their goals.

 

Wiley BarrettWiley G. Barrett '69 

Southern Pines, N.C.
Occupation: Retired Educator
Board of Governors appointee through 2017

 

Wiley G. Barrett, a resident of Southern Pines, N.C., was appointed to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Board of Trustees by the UNC Board of Governors in 2012, to fulfill an unexpired term. Dr. Barrett serves on the Educational Planning and Personnel Committee and the Finance and Administration Committee. He is also an at-large member of the Board's Executive Committee and chairs the Nominating Committee. Recently, Dr. Barrett chaired the 2015 Chancellor Search Committee.

Dr. Barrett graduated UNCP with a bachelor's degree and earned a Master of Arts in education administration from Fayetteville State University. He holds an Education Specialist degree from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a doctorate in education from Campbell University. Dr. Barrett has spent over 30 years in the Moore County public schools as a teacher, coach, or principal. Throughout his career, Dr. Barrett has received numerous awards, including Teacher of the Year, Wachovia Principal of the Year, and the Young Educators Award.

He has devoted his time to many civic organizations, serving on the boards of the Moore County Parks and Recreation, National Alliance on Mental Health, First Tee of Moore County and Moore County Educational Foundation. Dr. Barrett has also served as chairman of the Moore County School Board and president of the Moore County Principals Association. He has spent many years refereeing numerous basketball and football games throughout North Carolina, including nine state championships. In May 2015, he was awarded the Golden Whistle Merit Award in recognition of leadership, service, character and time dedicated to officiating in North Carolina.

Dr. Barrett and his wife, Dianne, currently reside in Southern Pines. They enjoy attending shows at Givens Performing Arts Center and cheering on the Braves at various sporting events. In appreciation of the time spent as a student-athlete at UNCP, Dr. Barrett and Dianne established the Wiley and Dianne Barrett Endowed Basketball Scholarship to recognize a member of the men’s or women’s basketball team with a demonstrated commitment to getting an education and improving their future.

 

Bob CatonRobert E. Caton

Lumberton, N.C.
Occupation: Retired Business Executive
Board of Governors appointee through 2019

 

Mr. Robert Caton was appointed to the UNCP Board of Trustees in 2011 and reappointed in 2015 by the UNC Board of Governors. Mr. Caton is a 1959 graduate of Florida State University and served as president and CEO of Eagle Distributing Company in Lumberton, N.C. for 30 years. As a trustee, he serves on the Public Affairs and Advancement Committee, as well as the Student Life and Athletics and Nominating Committees.

 

Pat CorsoPatrick Corso

Pinehurst, N.C.
Occupation: Business Owner
Board of Governors appointee through 2019

 

Pat Corso was appointed by the UNC Board of Governors in 2015 to serve on the UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Audit and Ethics, Educational Planning and Personnel, and Nominating Committees, and chairs the Public Affairs and Advancement Committee.

Mr. Corso came to Pinehurst, N.C. in 1986 and was named President and CEO of Pinehurst Resort in January 1987, a position he held for 17 years. He oversaw the restoration fo the resort and helped recruit major championship golf events, including the 1999 and 2005 US Open Championships.

His community involvement has included chair of the NC Travel & Tourism Board, as well as serving on the NC Economic Development Board, the Moore County Chamber of Commerce, and the board of the Boys & Girls Club of the Sandhills. In 2003, Mr. Corso was named one of 40 North Carolina Tourism Leaders of the 20th Century by Appalachian State University.

Mr. Corso is a graduate of Ball State University and a member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland. He is Executive Director of Moore County Partners in Progress and a franchisee/partner of Pinehurst Donuts, LLC.

 

James Jones

James Jones

Hampstead, N.C.
Occupation: Retired Physician
Governor's appointee through 2017

 

Governor Pat McCrory appointed James (Jim) Jones to the Board of Trustees of UNC Pembroke in 2013. He serves on the Finance and Administration Committee, and chairs the Educational Planning and Personnel Committee.

Dr. Jones is the first Native American to graduate from Wake Forest University and the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He went on to complete internship training at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Following a brief service as a medical officer in the US Navy, he established a private practice in Jacksonville, N.C. Dr. Jones was instrumental in establishing the school of medicine at East Carolina University and founded its department of Family Medicine, for which he served 20 years as chair.

In 1994, Governor James Hunt appointed Dr. Jones the Director of the NC Health Planning Commission to reform medical practice in the state. He has been elected to the position of president of both the state and national Academies of Family Physicians. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including an honorary doctorate from UNCP, the Tar Heel of the Week by the News and Observer, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Gov. Jim Martin, a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Wilmington Business Journal, and the National Indian Physician of the Year Award. He holds professor emeritus status at the ECU and UNC schools of medicine.

 

George LittleGeorge Little

Southern Pines, N.C.
Occupation: Business Owner
Governor's appointee through 2019

 

George Little was appointed to the UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees by Governor Pat McCrory in 2016, to fill an unexpired term. He serves on the Educational Planning and Personnel and Public Affairs and Advancement Committees. In addition to his role with the BOT, Mr. Little is a member of the UNCP Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund and Joint Investment Committee.

Mr. Little is a former secretary of the N.C. Department of Natural and Economic Resources, and was a gubernatorial candidate in 2004. He has worked with various civic, business and nonprofit organizations in Moore County and throughout the state. Mr. Little previously served as president of the N.C. Association of Community College Trustees and currently serves on its executive board. He has served on the board of trustees for Sandhills Community College since 1981, and the last ten years on the board of trustees for Western Carolina University.

His community engagement includes serving on the boards of the Sprint Mid-Atlantic Telecom, N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry, N.C. Free, and Sanford Association of Financial and Insurance Advisors. Mr. Little is also a member of the Sandhills Area Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club of the Sandhills and Southern Pines Elks Lodge. In addition, he is a member of the board of directors for Partners in Progress, the economic development organization for Moore County, and chairman of the Pinehurst Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Mr. Little has received numerous accolades over the years, including the Cornerstone Award from the United Way of Moore County, Outstanding Trustee for the U.S. Southern Region by the Association of Community College Trustees, the I.E. Ready Award from the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges, and an honorary doctor of law degree from Sandhills Community College.

He is president of George W. Little & Associates and a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill. Mr. Little resides in Southern Pines with his wife, Wanda. They have two daughters, one son, and seven grandchildren.

 

Alphonzo McRae Jr.Alphonzo McRae Jr. '74, '85

Proctorville, N.C. 
Occupation: Retired Higher Education Administrator
Board of Governors appointee through 2019

 

Alphonzo McRae Jr., a resident of Proctorville, N.C., was appointed to the UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees in 2015 by the UNC Board of Governors. He is a member of the Public Affairs and Advancement Committee, and chair of the Student Life and Athletics Committee. Mr. McRae also serves on the UNCP Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund and Joint Investment Committee.

Mr. McRae graduated from UNCP with a Bachelor of Science in physical education and a minor in biology. He earned his Master of Counselor Education from East Carolina University while working as a summer coordinator for the Upward Bound Program at UNCP. He then went on to work for over 30 years in various roles within the Public Schools of Robeson County. In 2009, Mr. McRae left PSRC to become vice president for Institutional Services at Robeson Community College - a position he held for more than seven years.

Mr. McRae maintains strong ties to the community through various athletic and civic ventures. He serves on the Southeastern Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees and is an official with the Southeastern Athletic Officials Association. Mr. McRae was inducted into the Pembroke State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981 as a member of the men’s basketball team. In 2012, he was named an honorary co-chair of UNC Pembroke’s 125th Anniversary Committee. In May 2016, he was awarded the Golden Whistle Merit Award in recognition of leadership, service, character and time dedicated to officiating in North Carolina.

 

Lorna Ricotta

Lorna Ricotta '01, '08

Fayetteville, N.C. 
Occupation: Higher Education Administrator and Business Owner
Board of Governors appointee through 2017

 

A native of Lumberton, N.C., Lorna Ricotta was appointed to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Board of Trustees in 2009 by the UNC Board of Governors and in 2013, was reappointed to a second term. She serves on the Public Affairs and Advancement, Student Life and Athletics, Executive, and Nominating Committees.

Mrs. Ricotta earned a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Business Administration from UNCP. She is active in community organizations serving as board chair of the Partnership for Children of Cumberland County and the Restore Warehouse board. Mrs. Ricotta is also on the Executive Committee of the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant Organization. In addition, Mrs. Ricotta is executive director of the Fayetteville Technical Community College Foundation, Inc. She also owns Ethos Creative Group, a boutique, design and event firm launched in 2009.

 

Newy Scruggs

Albert "Newy" Scruggs '94

Arlington, Texas
Occupation: Sports News Broadcaster 
Board of Governors appointee through 2017

 

The UNC Board of Governors appointed Albert “Newy” Scruggs to the UNCP Board of Trustees in 2009, and reappointed him in 2013 to a second term. He serves on the Finance and Administration Committee as well as the Student Life and Athletics Committee. 

Mr. Scruggs studied broadcasting at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, graduating in 1994. A successful sports broadcaster and television personality for nearly 20 years, Mr. Scruggs’ work as a sportscast anchor, a radio talk show host and color commentator for college football and basketball games has earned him several Emmy Awards. He currently lives near Dallas, Texas, where he is sports director for the NBC affiliate and hosts a national sports radio show. In addition, he created the Newy Scruggs Sports Broadcasting Scholarship in 2003 for students who are building careers in sports media. In 2007, Mr. Scruggs established the Dr. Sylvester Wooten Scholarship for fellow Chi Mu chapter members of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. 

 

Larry StoneLarry Stone '77

Lumberton, N.C. 
Occupation: Business Owner
Governor's appointee through 2019

 

Governor Pat McCrory appointed Larry Stone, a resident of Lumberton, N.C., to the UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees in 2015. He serves on the Educational Planning and Personnel and Public Affairs and Advancement Committees, and chairs the Audit and Ethics Committee. In addition, Mr. Stones is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Endowment Board and Joint Investment Committee.

Mr. Stone is owner and president of several business ventures including Pawn Plus, Inc., Tom Stone Farms, Inc. and RMC Holdings, Inc. He is also a licensed real estate broker and insurance agent in North Carolina. Mr. Stone earned a bachelor's degree from UNC Pembroke and a Master of Education from Campbell University. 

 

Logan JohnLogan John

SGA Representative
2016-17

 

 

Logan John currently serves as student body president at UNC Pembroke. Prior to this appointment, Mr. John served as vice president and Senate president at UNCP.

Mr. John is a senior Philosophy and Religion major, and a member of the Theta Alpha Kappa national honor society for religion and theology. In 2015 and 2016, Mr. John was the recipient of the Reverend Doctor Jerry Lowry Scholarship.

Mr. John is actively involved on campus through his membership in the Esther G. Maynor Honors College, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity, and Model United Nations club.