Charles P. (Chuck) Oxendine, '87
Chuck Oxendine is a success story with a long history. Married
with two children, he has an important job with a great company.
Like so many hard-working and successful families in Robeson
County, the history of the Oxendine family is woven into the fabric of
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Chuck's uncle, the late Dr. Herbert G. Oxendine, was a long-time Dean of Faculty, and the Oxendine Science Building proudly bears his name. Chuck's father, James Arthur Oxendine, is a 1952 graduate. His wife, the former Sandra Locklear, is a 1991 graduate.
And Chuck is a 1987 graduate who says UNCP prepared him well for work at Buckeye Technologies, Inc. "I felt I could get a good education close to home that would build a good foundation for future growth," Chuck said. Growing up a mile from campus, UNCP was in the blood, so to speak. "The decision to attend Pembroke was an easy one for me" he said. "I've always felt family ties to the university. Attending college wasn't really an option - it was an expectation that I felt my parents had for me, so I placed it on myself."
Growing up in the shadows of the university got Chuck oriented to college,
but, as the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a
success story. "I was always interested in science and math, but my high school biology teacher, Vicky Lowry, probably influenced my decision to major in biology more than anyone else," he said.
Chuck's career began at Alpha Cellulose (predecessor to Buckeye) in 1986. He excelled at both the scientific and management sides of the business. He worked in various roles over the years, including production, research, lab, environmental, and management. In 1992, he was promoted to Technical Services Manager, responsible for quality assurance. In 1993, Chuck assumed responsibility for environmental operations at the specialty cotton pulp processor.
Located on the banks of the Lumber River in Lumberton, Buckeye
has a self-contained wastewater treatment facility. Chuck's position is critical to the company that exports 40 percent of its products. In 2000, Chuck was promoted again to operations manager of a newly installed manufacuturing operation.
"Working with Buckeye has afforded me the opportunity to travel all over the world," he said. "We export pulp that is used to make fine paper and other specialty products to Asia, Europe and South America." And everywhere he goes, he carries a little bit of Pembroke with him. "The degree I received at UNCP has afforded me the knowledge and education needed to be successful in a global enterprise," Chuck said.
Chuck's sons, Jarrett, 7, and Luke, 2 , inherit a long legacy of educational achievement and family success. Add a lot of hard work to that mix and success can't be much farther down the road than UNCP was to the Oxendine family home.
Updated: Thursday, September 2, 2004
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