John McMillan has accepted the position as Director of New Student and Family Orientation for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
McMillan served in the Office of Admissions for five years, beginning as an admissions counselor and ending as associate director. He began work in the newly created position on Dec. 15, 2003.
McMillan has served the Office of Admissions with distinction in a time of great enrollment growth, said Jackie Clark, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management.
"John's experience in recruitment and admissions prepared him well to take the next step in directing the orientation program, which is designed to help students get the best start possible at UNC Pembroke," Clark said. "His excellent planning and organizational skills along with his ability to lead and work with a team made him an excellent choice for this position."
As a part of the Office for Enrollment Management, the new director will chair the New Student Orientation Committee and coordinate new student placement testing, advising, registration, orientation and family orientation sessions for the summer, fall and spring terms. In 2002-3, there were seven new student orientation sessions.
The director will also be responsible for recruiting, training and supervising orientation leaders to assist with all aspects of the program. McMillan will coordinate all information to prospective students and the University community about all aspects of new student and family orientation is included in the duties of the director.
"I have learned a lot in the Office of Admissions, and I am ready and excited about this opportunity," McMillan said. "I am looking forward to working with the New Student Orientation Committee. This is a very professional and dedicated group."
McMillan said he has several goals for the new office, including greater involvement of the local business community in welcoming new students to campus.
"Orientation is an important opportunity for the University and the community to tell their story, and orientation should be entertaining and add something positive to the total student experience" he said. "I would like to see us provide the best orientation program in North Carolina."
McMillan is a Red Springs native and graduate of Red Springs High School. After a stint in the Army, he completed work on a Bachelor of Science degree from UNCP.
The office will be located in the Office for Enrollment Management, Lumbee Hall, 4th floor, room 435, 910.521.6264.