UNCP Hires Veteran
Leader for Outreach Programs
Collie Coleman is not a man to shy away from a challenge.
As Associate Vice
Chancellor for Outreach at UNC
Pembroke, he will lead one of the university's fastest moving enterprises.
Dr. Coleman will seek out new ways for the university to enroll students
in the region, state and around the globe. And he will lead UNCP's efforts
to uplift the region's slumping economy.
Dr. Coleman brings
a distinguished career in higher education to his responsibilities guiding
UNCP's Regional Center for Economic, Community and Professional
Development, distance learning, on-line and off-campus programs.
He reports to Provost
and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Roger Brown.
is a rare combination of high-level executive skills and world experience
together with a real feel for the needs of average people," Dr.
Brown said. "He was reared in a region in need of economic and
professional development, like ours, and he knows first-hand the life-changing
effects of university education and training."
"I am very
bullish on the future of UNC Pembroke's Outreach division under his
leadership," the provost said. "I have no doubt that Collie
and Annie Coleman will be wonderful new colleagues and neighbors in
the UNCP community."
A former Peace Corps
volunteer and training director who grew up in a small rural community
in Nash County, Dr. Coleman earned South Carolina's "Order of the
Palmetto" for his work turning around Allen University as its president
He said he would
take the same approach to continue growing UNCP's outreach programs.
to be here in a growth environment," Dr. Coleman said. "UNC
Pembroke is a well-kept secret, and we're going to help fuel the dynamic
process of letting the cat out of the bag."
Dr. Coleman most
recently served as executive vice president and chief academic officer
for Voorhees College (1999-2002) and vice president for academic affairs
for Shaw University 1994-1999.
As president of
Allen University in Columbia, S.C., he led a revival of the finances
and enrollment of a failing 122-year-old private university. Under his
leadership, the university gained accreditation, tripled enrollment
and planted the seeds for building a $3.4 million endowment with help
from alumni and the business community.
"I will use
my experience as a university president and chief academic officer to
create new markets and to make UNCP more visible in the region, the
state and around the globe," he said. "Marketing and visibility
is the key to getting our substantive and high quality programs to the
At the Regional
Center, which will break ground soon on its new headquarters at commerce
and technology center (COMtech)
near the university, Dr. Coleman will build alliances with businesses
and community groups. He will also add to the growing number of on-line
course offerings and satellite campuses throughout the region. The Center
recently announced the launch of an array of certificate programs in
information technology and professional development.
is the stepping stone for economic development, and technology allows
us to deliver programs nationally, even internationally," he said.
"One of our first priorities is to address the growing teacher
shortage by taking programs to where the teachers are located, consistent
with the requirements of the State Department of Public Instruction
and regional and national accrediting bodies."
Dr. Coleman's career
began in the Peace Corps and later with the Medical School and Upward
Bound at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He worked with
the U.S. Department of Education and for a community college before
becoming a university administrator.
Growing up in tiny
Bailey, N.C., Dr. Coleman said he learned early in life that "education
is the great equalizer." He graduated from Shaw University and
earned a Ph.D. in higher education at The Ohio State University.
He is married to
Anne H. Coleman, who is a librarian at UNCP's Sampson-Livermore
Library. They have two grown children, Kyle and Connie, and one
grandchild, Kayla Anne.
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