Dr. Robin G. Cummings
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
In 1999, Zoe W. Locklear was appointed as the founding Dean of the newly established School of Education for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. In this administrative capacity, for approximately a decade, Dr. Locklear provided oversight and leadership to the university-wide teacher education program and to the offices for Licensure, Teaching Fellows, University-School Programs, Instructional Technology, First Americans’ Teacher Education Program, and the academic departments of: Educational Leadership and Counseling, Educational Specialties, Elementary Education, Professional Studies, Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and Military Science. Prior to her appointment as Dean, Dr. Locklear was the Associate Superintendent for Leadership Development and Special Services with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She served as a member of the North Carolina State Board of Education from 1999 to 2002. Dr. Locklear received her doctorate and master’s degrees in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her bachelor’s degree is also in special education from Pembroke State University (now UNC Pembroke). Dr. Locklear holds state licensure as a superintendent and as a principal (grades K-12). She also holds state licensure as a teacher of Birth-Kindergarten Education, Mentally Handicapped (grades K-12) and Learning Disabled (grades K-12).
Dr. Locklear’s extensive vita reflects services to both the public schools of North Carolina and to the state’s system as a teacher, administrator, and professor. She has served on a number of governing boards, including serving as chairperson of the State Advisory Council on Indian Education, as a member of the Governor’s Education First Task Force, the Teacher Quality Study Committee, the State Superintendent’s Task Force on Teacher Licensure, the Legislative Committee on Drop Out Prevention, the North Carolina School Improvement Panel, the North Carolina Birth-Kindergarten Higher Education Consortium, the Council of Chief State School Officers Special Education Task Force, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Professional Development Committee, and the North Carolina Title II Teacher Diversity Standards Panel. Additionally, Dr. Locklear has been a public school teacher of students with disabilities, director of a school for students with disabilities, assistant superintendent with a local school district, department chair, teacher education program coordinator, and a professor of special education, child development, and school administration. She has made numerous professional presentations on topics relating to inclusive practices with students with disabilities, cultural diversity and responsiveness, closing the achievement gap, and the federal law “No Child Left Behind.” In 2003, Dr. Locklear was named as an Outstanding Alumnus by the UNC Pembroke Alumni Association.
In September 2015, Dr. Locklear was appointed as the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
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.
Joshua D. Malcolm first joined UNC Pembroke in 2008, as assistant general counsel, and several months later was appointed to the position of general counsel. He was previously assistant general counsel at Fayetteville State University for 3 1/2 years. In his role, Mr. Malcolm is the chief legal officer for the university, handling a wide range of higher education issues including civil, contractual, financial, employment, and policy matters. He is also assistant secretary to the board of trustees overseeing various administrative functions of the board.
Mr. Malcolm earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from UNCP in 1992, and was a distinguished graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. He served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force for seven years as a Captain and C-130H Evaluator Navigator. Upon leaving the Air Force, Mr. Malcolm earned a Juris Doctor from N.C. Central School of Law in 2004, where he was the first recipient of the Julian T. Pierce Scholarship. In addition to his duties at UNCP, Mr. Malcolm has served as chair of the N.C. Bar Association, Education Law Section, and currently serves on the board of trustees for Scotland Health Care System, as well as the N.C. State Board of Elections.
Executive Director, Communications and Marketing
Jodi Phelps joined UNC Pembroke in May 2016, bringing more than 15 years of experience in marketing, communication and management. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and history from Mercer University and a Master of Business Administration from Thomas University.
Jodi leads the the University Communication and Marketing office whose primary role is to establish strategic internal and external communication and marketing programs that enhance the institution’s visibility and reputation. This includes all aspects of university news and media coverage, advertising, marketing and social media.
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.
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.