The portrait of Chancellor Emeritus Joseph B. Oxendine was unveiled Monday, Sept. 18 during the Alltel Champagne Gala at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
UNC Pembrokes portrait collection of five former chancellors was debuted in its new location in the Chancellors Dining Room of the James B. Chavis University Center.
We felt this is a more appropriate home for the portraits because every visitor to the university comes through here, Chancellor Allen C. Meadors said. This is a truly special moment to have with us Chancellor (Paul R.) Givens, who served the university from 1979-89, and Chancellor Oxendine, who served from 1989 to 1999.
Chancellor Meadors welcomed a large crowd to the ceremony honoring Dr. Oxendine that included Dr. Givens, who traveled from his home in Florida for the evenings event.
The five portraits represent all past leaders of the university since 1942, when the school conferred its first four-year degree. Ralph D. Wellons served as president from 1942-56, Walter J. Gale from 1956-62 and English E. Jones from 1962-79.
The portraits have had three homes first, in the rotunda of Sampson Hall; second, in the Chancellors office in Lumbee Hall and now in the Chancellors Dining Room.
Chancellor Emeritus Oxendine, who continues at UNCP as a professor in the Physical Education Department, said he enjoyed his time at the helm of the university.
This is a great institution and getting greater, Dr. Oxendine said. I enjoyed every bit of the time I was here, and I continue to be proud to be associated with this university.
Following the Alltel Champagne Gala, the Broadway and More Series kicked off at the Paul R. Givens Performing Art Center with Steel Pier. Upcoming shows include Jekyll and Hyde on Nov. 21, Swan Lake on Ice on Dec. 6, Theyre Playing Our Song on Jan. 31, The Chicago Brass Quintet on Feb. 6, The Diary of Anne Frank on Feb. 21, Doc Watson on March 16 and Crazy for You on May 1.