Dr. Robin G. Cummings
Chief of Staff
Dan Kenney has been the chief of staff in the Office of the Chancellor since 2012. Prior to 2012, he worked in Athletics at UNC Pembroke, first as a coach, then as athletic director for many years. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Education from East Carolina University.
As chief of staff, he collaborates daily with members of the Chancellor’s Cabinet and other university constituents, serves on several committees and plays a key role in university planning and reporting. He represents the chancellor at community and university functions when the chancellor cannot attend and serves as an advisor to the chancellor and senior administrators. Mr. Kenney also directs the professional staff that reports directly to the chancellor and is an active representative of UNC Pembroke in numerous organizations and events throughout the area.
Assistant to the Chancellor for Communications and Research
Justin Smith joined the Chancellor’s Office in December 2015, bringing professional experience in journalism, higher education, economic development and politics. He earned an undergraduate degree in journalism and mass communication from UNC Chapel Hill and a Master of Public Administration from UNC Wilmington.
Mr. Smith is responsible for overseeing communication between the Chancellor and stakeholders through speeches, editorials, social media and other correspondence. In his role, Mr. Smith also ensures the Chancellor is properly briefed and prepared for all engagements and meetings.
Executive Assistant to the Chancellor
Marla Locklear has worked for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke since 1987, and for the Office of the Chancellor since 2012. She is the primary support person to the chancellor, managing the executive calendar and arranging travel. She also oversees budget requests, including financial transfers, purchases and p-card allocation and serves as the primary point of contact for the office, both greeting and directing visitors and handling phone inquiries. She graduated from UNC Pembroke with a degree in sociology.
Vice Chancellor for Advancement
Wendy Lowery has directed UNC Pembroke’s Advancement team since 2011, which includes not only the university’s development staff, but also its Office of Communications and Marketing and the Givens Performance Arts Center. Previously at Fayetteville State University, Wendy has worked for 15 years in the field of development.
She earned her Master of Public Administration from UNC Pembroke. As vice chancellor for Advancement, Ms. Lowery cultivates relationships with alumni, donors and friends to help advance the institution and ensures that the UNC Pembroke brand is widely known.
Director of Athletics
Dick Christy joined the UNC Pembroke team in May 2013, after having worked in athletics for 17 years—most recently at North Carolina State University as Associate Athletic Director for External Relations. He earned his Master of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from NC State.
At UNC Pembroke Dick is responsible for 16 intercollegiate NCAA Division II sports, eight men’s and eight women’s, and almost 500 student-athletes. His complete profile appears here: http://www.uncpbraves.com/information/directory/bios/Christy_Dick
Chief Audit Officer
Kelley Horton became UNC Pembroke’s Chief Audit Officer in September 2012 after several years working for the North Carolina Office of the State Auditor. She earned her degree in business with a concentration in accounting from Campbell University.
As Chief Audit Officer, she reports functionally to the UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees and administratively to the chancellor. Her role is to provide independent, objective assurance and consulting services designed to add value and improve UNCP’s operations. She also conducts annual planned audits and reviews and assists management with advisory and investigative requests.
Director, Title IX and Clery Act Compliance
Ronette Gerber became the director of Title IX and Clery compliance at UNC Pembroke in 2014. Prior to this position, she served the university as the associate general counsel. She practiced law privately for ten years before coming to UNCP. She earned a Master of Public Administration and her Juris Doctor from UNC Chapel Hill.
Ms. Sutton is responsible for the administration of policies, procedures and data collection to ensure UNCP's compliance with Title IX federal law regarding sex discrimination from full participation in education programs and the Clery Act, which encompasses disclosure of campus security policy and crime statistics.