Admissions & Aid

Meet the Admission Staff

Lela Clark

Lela Clark
Director of Admissions
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"Having worked at and attended a number of colleges, I've seen first-hand what makes UNC Pembroke special. Our small classes and reasonable tuition allow students to receive a high quality, private school experience at a public school price. I am fortunate to work for an institution that offers opportunity for so many to pursue their dreams. A UNCP education can take you wherever you want to go. All you have to do is join us for the ride."

Clark is responsible for providing the leadership in recruiting and admitting undergraduate new students to the university. Her areas of special responsibility include oversight of support staff operations and recruitment publications coordinator.

Clark is a 2004 graduate of Old Dominion University with a Master's in Higher Education Administration. Lela joined the admissions team in February 2003.

 

Tony LewisTony Lewis
Associate Director
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"As a Native of Robeson County, the rich traditions and history of UNC Pembroke have always been a distinguishable quality and point of pride.  Growing up, I recall many stories told to me by my parents of how UNC Pembroke has been a beacon of hope to so many throughout the region and state. For me, attending UNC Pembroke was an obvious choice. It is more than just an educational institution; it is a place where every student has an identity and can excel because of the remarkable care the faculty and staff take to ensure their success and growth. As an alumnus, I can attest to how my life has been transformed through the education received at UNC Pembroke.  I encourage you to visit campus and discover the opportunities that await you. GO BRAVES!!"

Lewis is responsible for oversight of the Assistant Directors and all recruitment staff operations. His territory responsibilities include a special emphasis on transfer students. 

Lewis is a double graduate of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He earned his Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Public Management in 2014 as well as previously earning a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. He joined the admissions team in June 2011.

 

 

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Associate Director
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Territory responsibilities include a special emphasis on International recruitment. 

 

  

Kristen Sharpe

Kristen Sharpe
Assistant Director
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"Growing up in Guilford county, I knew that I wanted to go away for college to a new environment that would help me grow as an individual. After visiting the campus, I knew UNC Pembroke was the school for me. After getting involved on campus, UNCP quickly became my home away from home. College is exactly what you make of it - Ultimately the choice is yours. There are so many ways to get involved in and out of the classroom which will only enhance your experience and give you the foundation you need to be successful. Good luck as you begin this new journey for yourself. I invite you to visit our campus so you can see firsthand all the opportunities UNCP can offer you. If I can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to let me know."

Sharpe's territory responsibilities in North Carolina are the counties of Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes, and Yadkin as well as the state of New Jersey. She is also the Student Ambassador Co-Advisor.

Sharpe is a 2008 graduate of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a Bachelor's in Sociology. She joined the admissions team in September 2008.

Adam HardinAdam Hardin
Assistant Director
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"Growing up in Robeson County, I developed a strong sense of pride for UNC Pembroke. With an open-mind, I toured several college campuses during my high school tenure to explore not only what other institutions had to offer, but how they fit me as an individual student. It became pretty evident that none could compare to UNC Pembroke and the personal attention the professors apply to every single student. I made the decision to attend UNC Pembroke and it truly was an outstanding college choice. Our faculty literally go the extra mile to ensure not only your success but growth as an individual scholar through personal teaching. We can help you attain all of your goals in life, you just have to give us the opportunity! I invite you to visit our campus and see for yourself why we are the best kept secret in the southeast. GO BRAVES!!!"

Hardin's territory responsibilities in North Carolina include Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Hyde, Jones, Martin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Perquimans, Sampson, Tyrell, and Washington counties and the state of Virginia. He serves as the athletic liaison.

Hardin is a 2006 graduate of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a Bachelor's in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration. He joined the admissions team in September 2007. 

Ashley PryerAshley Pryer
Assistant Director
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"Deciding where to go to College can be a very stressful process. But when I first learned about UNC Pembroke, they took the time to help me and handed me tons of important information, fast! As my freshman year progressed, I made many new friends, learned so much and realized UNCP really had become my second home. UNC Pembroke offers students so many wonderful opportunities to take advantage of. The small classes that UNC Pembroke offers lets students connect with their professors easily and they know you as your own name, not as number in a class. UNC Pembroke truly turns young individuals into today’s bright leaders. Throughout my four years here and now as an alumni, I have experienced the UNC Pembroke personal touch and I welcome you to do the same!"

Pryer's territory responsibilities include the North Carolina counties of Ashe, Avery, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Iredell, Lincoln, Madison, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanley, Swain, Union, Watauga, and Yancey. She is also responsible for the state of New York. She is the Student Telecounseling Co-Advisor.

She is a 2011 graduate from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a Bachelor's in Mass Communication. She joined the admissions team in May 2011. 

Jamee Hunt Freeman
Assistant Director
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“ONE Team for Student Success” is the driving force behind the positive outcomes that UNCP extends to our students.  At UNCP it is easy to get involved, and not to just be involved, but to be a leader and innovator.  I was awarded opportunities that I would not have received at other institutions, all because of the personal attention I was given from faculty and staff.  I will never forget attending my first Native American Student Organization Pow-Wow on campus, and the welcome reception I garnered from other American Indian students just like me.  It solidified UNCP as my home. The moment I was crowned Miss UNCP and went on to represent UNCP at the Miss North Carolina Pageant was so rewarding. I received 1st Runner Up to Miss North Carolina. The excitement was pivotal! Another special time included opening the mail to find a personal handwritten note from the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs congratulating me on my academic merit. At the end of the day, I am thankful UNCP chose me to be a student and gave me the tools to flourish as a productive citizen. I am more thankful that I'm now employed with UNCP and can assist students with experiencing the "Pembroke personal touch." I encourage you to be BRAVE, and get to know and visit this campus, even if it is in your backyard neighborhood.  Your successful future is only “One Team” away!  

Freeman's territory responsibilities include the North Carolina counties of Anson, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Columbus, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, McDowell, Polk, Richmond, Robeson, Rutherford, Scotland and Transylvania. Also, Freeman is responsible for the state of FL as well as all other states not represented by a recruiter. There is a special emphasis on American Indian recruitment. She is also the Student Ambassador Co-Advisor.

She is a 2008 graduate from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a Bachelor's in Health Promotions. She joined the admissions team in March 2014.  

 

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Assistant Director
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Territory responsibilities include the North Carolina counties of Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Gates, Granville, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Lenoir, Nash, North Hampton, Orange, Pitt, Vance, Wake, Warren and Wilson. Out-of-state recruitment: South Carolina. 

 

 

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Vacant
Assistant Director
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Territory responsibilities include the North Carolina counties of Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, and Moore. Out-of-state recruitment: Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Connecticut.
 
 

Wendy Wong
Assistant Director- Transcript Evaluator 
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Tracy DialTracy Dial
Data Coodinator
Phone: 910.521.6621
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LaRhonda DarnellLaRhonda Darnell
Application Data Processor
Phone: 910.521.6264
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Rip TurnerRip Turner
University Switchboard Operator
Phone: 910.521.6000
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Amy Cox
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 910.521.6356
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Celestine Hunt
Administrative Assistant

Phone: 910.521.6263
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Melissa Gainey
Receptionist/Campus Visit Coordinator and Web Information Coordinator
Phone: 910.521.6262
 
Angela Thomas
Inquiry Data Processor
Phone: 910.521.6199