Patricia Fields has been hired as director for UNC Pembroke's Givens Performing Arts Center, the region's largest stage for the arts.
Ms. Fields has 15 years of experience in public assembly facility management at the Cumberland County Civic Center. She served as director of promotions, marketing and sales.
At GPAC, she will be responsible for overall marketing and operations for the 1,700-seat stage.
UNCP sponsors four major series at the performing arts center - the Distinguished Speaker Series, the Broadway and More Series, the Nostalgia Series and the Family Night Out Series. The building is also home to university and community events, including the Miss Lumbee Pageants.
She reports to Dr. Diane S. Jones, vice chancellor for Student Affairs.
"We feel fortunate to have Ms. Fields join the UNCP family," Dr. Jones said. "She brings a wealth of experience, expertise and energy to this position."
"She will be a valuable asset to us in promoting and marketing GPAC and the wonderful performers we bring each year," she said. " Ms. Fields is very personable and professional. I look forward to working with her."
"She is excited about the great product we have to offer, and I feel confident that our performing arts center will continue to expand and receive quality programming recognition under Ms. Fields leadership."
Ms. Fields said she is pleased to join a program with a history of high quality entertainment.
"GPAC has a wonderful, wonderful product," she said. "It's my job to increase subscriptions, sponsorships and patrons and to make GPAC a household name. I hope to bring GPAC to the forefront here in Robeson County and continue expansion into the surrounding region."
"I believe there are still people in the region who do not know what a real jewel they have at GPAC," Ms. Fields said. "Our overall season is the best slate of entertainment and the best value in the region."
A Parkton, N.C., native, Ms. Fields graduated from UNCP in 1996, majoring in criminal justice. She is married to Richard Fields and resides in the Bladen County community of Tobermory.