Lumberton Mayor Dr. Raymond B. Pennington joined the Board of Trustees of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
The former Athletics Director at UNCP was appointed by North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley on September 28. He will serve through June 2009, filling the unexpired term of Carl Meares Jr. of Fair Bluff, N.C.
Dr. Pennington said he looks forward to working with the Board of Trustees and Chancellor Allen C. Meadors during these “exciting times.”
“I appreciate the governor’s confidence in appointing me to the Board of Trustees,” Dr. Pennington said. “For me, this is a continuation of my work with the University, and I look forward to helping it continue to grow.
“Having worked for the University for 40 years and having a wife, son and daughter who are graduates, I have a real vested interest in UNCP,” he said.
Chancellor Allen C. Meadors welcomed Dr. Pennington to the board.
“UNCP is honored to have Dr. Pennington join the University’s Board of Trustees,” Chancellor Meadors said. “Dr. Pennington has a longstanding relationship with the University, which will serve him and the University well in his role as a trustee.”
Dr. Pennington, who earned a doctorate in education from Duke University and a Master’s in Education from UNC-Chapel Hill, worked at UNCP from 1963 – 2003 as a baseball coach, professor and athletics director.
A Lumberton city councilman from 1983-87, he was elected mayor in 1991 and has served continuously since then. Dr. Pennington also serves on the Robeson Community College Foundation Board of Directors and is past chair of the Robeson County Democratic Party.
Dr. Pennington was elected to the UNCP and East Carolina University Athletic Halls of Fame. He completed his undergraduate studies at ECU.
A Rotarian and Shrine Club member, he is married with two children and one grandchild.