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UNCP’s Thomas Center adds three to advisory board

August 31, 2009

UNC Pembroke’s Thomas Family Center for Entrepreneurship welcomed three new members to its advisory board in August.


Joseph Oxendine


Donna Lowry


Greg Cummings

Dr. Joseph Oxendine, Donna Lowry and Greg Cummings were added to its 13-member board at its quarterly meeting on August 21.

The Thomas Center’s mission is entrepreneurial education and training for the development of small businesses in the region. It was established through a gift from Jim Thomas, a Pembroke native and Los Angeles commercial real estate developer.

Lowry is chief executive officer of Caring Touch Home Health Care, a Pembroke, N.C., home health agency. She is a member of UNCP’s Board of Trustees and winner of the University’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009.

Greg Cummings is director of Robeson County’s Economic Development Commission and a Pembroke town commissioner.

Cummings said the center will have a “positive effect on the future of the economic development of the entire region.”

“The center is already creating jobs,” Cummings said. “I am excited about its impact on small business development.”

Dr. Oxendine is chancellor emeritus of UNCP and founder of UNCP’s Regional Center for Economic, Community and Professional Development. He said “the energy, ideas and spirit of the Thomas Center are inspiring.”

Other advisory board members include: Jim Thomas, Dr. Charles Harrington, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs; Cammie Oxendine, acting dean of the School of Business; Dr. Carmen Calabrese, center director; Robert Locklear, CEO of TWL Trucking Co.; Richard Rink, a Phoenix, Ariz., entrepreneur; Dr. Eric Dent, business faculty; Larry Chavis, CEO of Lumbee Guaranty Bank; Samuel Locklear, Pembroke businessman; and Dr. Mike Menefee, the Thomas Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship.


Advisory Board - (Front Row - from left): Dr. Charles Harrington, Greg Cummings, Jim Thomas, Donna Lowery, Dr. Cammie Oxendine, Carmen Calabrese, Robert Locklear, and Richard Rink (Back Row - from left) Dr. Joe Oxendine, Dr. Eric Dent, Larry Chavis, Samuel Locklear, and Dr. Mike Menefee

The Thomas Center is located at 121 COMtech Drive in Pembroke. For more information, please call 910.775.4209, email or visit their Web site at