Chancellor

UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees

Kellie Blue

Kellie Hunt Blue '93, Chair

Pembroke, N.C.
Occupation: Business Executive 
Board of Governors appointee through 2019

 

Kellie Hunt Blue, a resident of Pembroke, N.C., was appointed to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Board of Trustees by the UNC Board of Governors in 2011 and reappointed in 2015. Mrs. Blue was elected chair of the Board for the 2015-2016 academic year and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund. She also served on the 2009 and 2015 Chancellor Search Committees. 

Mrs. Blue studied accounting at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and the Institute of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is the finance director of Robeson County and has worked as an internal auditor with Southern National Bank in Lumberton, N.C. She has served on the Southeastern Regional Mental Health Board and the Federal Credit Union Advisory Board, was President of Exploration Station Children’s Museum, and is a former member of the UNC Pembroke Foundation Board.

 

Michael HolmesMichael Holmes '72, Vice Chair

Orange Park, Fla.
Occupation: Business Executive 
Board of Governors appointee through 2017

 

The UNC Board of Governors appointed Admiral Michael Holmes to the UNCP Board of Trustees in 2013. He serves on the Audit and Ethics, Finance and Administration, and Student Life and Athletics Committees. Admiral Holmes was elected vice chair of the Board for the 2015-2016 academic year. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund.

Admiral Holmes is a 1972 graduate of UNCP. He served 32 years as a Naval officer before retiring in 2005. He held five command tours including that of Commanding Officer, Patrol Squadron Thirty (VP-30), the largest aviation squadron in the U.S. Navy. As a Flag Officer, Admiral Holmes commanded the Navy’s eight Pacific-based patrol and reconnaissance squadrons located in Whidbey Island, W.A., and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Holmes’ final command tour  was commander of the Navy’s Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, stationed in Norfolk, V.A. This command consisted of 16 P-3 Orion squadrons and a work force of more than 11,000 sailors and civilians.

Currently, Admiral Holmes is a vice president for L-3 Communications in their Platform Integration Division. An aerospace company, L-3 Communications is the nation’s sixth largest defense contractor with sales of $15 billion annually. 

 

Don MetzgerDon Metzger, Secretary

Lumberton, N.C.
Occupation: Retired Business Owner
Governor's appointee through 2017

 

Don Metzger was appointed to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Board of Trustees by Governor Pat McCrory in 2013. He is chair of the Audit and Ethics Committee and a member of the Educational Planning and Personnel, as well as the Finance and Administration Committees. Mr. Metzger serves on the Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund in addition to the Joint Investment Committee. 

Mr. Metzger was born and raised in Kansas City, Mo. He attended the University of Missouri where he received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a master's in Construction Management. After graduation, Mr. Metzger worked as an engineer for several Ohio companies before starting his own consulting engineering company, Site Consultants, Inc. In 1974 he started an industrial construction company, Progressive Building Methods, Inc. He served as president of both companies until selling them in 1980, at which time he moved to Lumberton, N.C. and, with a partner, bought F.R. Bray Construction Company (Construction Systems, Inc.). Mr. Metzger sold the business in 1999.

Mr. Metzger is a member of several professional organizations and has remained actively involved with the local community for over 30 years. He has served on various committees and boards to include the Committee of 100 (which he helped found), the Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Robeson Community College, and the steering committee of the National League of Cities Community and Economic Development Committee. Mr. Metzger serves on the Lumberton City Council representing precinct one.

Mr. Metzger is married to his wife, Linda, and they have six children and 13 grandchildren.

 

Wiley BarrettWiley G. Barrett '69 

Southern Pines, N.C.
Occupation: Retired Educator
Board of Governors appointee through 2017

 

Wiley G. Barrett, resident of Southern Pines, N.C., was appointed to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Board of Trustees by the UNC Board of Governors in 2012 to fulfill an unexpired term. He is the Board representative for the UNCP Foundation, Inc. Board. In addition, Dr. Barrett serves on the Finance and Administration, Student Life and Athletics, Executive, and Nominating Committees.

Dr. Barrett graduated UNCP with a bachelor's degree and earned a Master of Arts in education administration from Fayetteville State University. He holds an Education Specialist degree from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a doctorate in education from Campbell University. Dr. Barrett has spent over 30 years in the Moore County public schools as a teacher, coach, or principal. Throughout his career, Dr. Barrett has received numerous awards, including Teacher of the Year, Wachovia Principal of the Year, and the Young Educators Award.

 

Bob CatonRobert E. Caton

Lumberton, N.C.
Occupation: Retired Business Executive
Board of Governors appointee through 2019

 

Mr. Robert Caton was appointed to the UNCP Board of Trustees in 2011 and reappointed in 2015 by the UNC Board of Governors. Mr. Caton is a 1959 graduate of Florida State University and served as president and CEO of Eagle Distributing Company in Lumberton, N.C. for 30 years. As a trustee, he serves on the Public Affairs and Advancement Committee, as well as the Student Life and Athletics and Nominating Committees.

 

Pat CorsoPatrick Corso

Pinehurst, N.C.
Occupation: Business Owner
Board of Governors appointee through 2019

 

Pat Corso was appointed by the UNC Board of Governors in 2015 to serve on the UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Audit and Ethics, Educational Planning and Personnel, and Public Affairs and Advancement Committees.

Mr. Corso came to Pinehurst, N.C. in 1986 and was named President and CEO of Pinehurst Resort in January 1987, a position he held for 17 years. He oversaw the restoration fo the resort and helped recruit major championship golf events, including the 1999 and 2005 US Open Championships.

His community involvement has included chair of the NC Travel & Tourism Board, as well as serving on the NC Economic Development Board, the Moore County Chamber of Commerce, and the board of the Boys & Girls Club of the Sandhills. In 2003, Mr. Corso was named one of 40 North Carolina Tourism Leaders of the 20th Century by Appalachian State University.

Mr. Corso is a graduate of Ball State University and a member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland. He is Executive Director of Moore County Partners in Progress and a franchisee/partner of Pinehurst Donuts, LLC.

 

James Jones

James Jones

Hampstead, N.C.
Occupation: Retired Physician
Governor's appointee through 2017

 

Governor Pat McCrory appointed James (Jim) Jones to the Board of Trustees of UNC Pembroke in 2013. He serves on the Finance and Administration Committee, and chairs both the Educational Planning and Personnel and Nominating Committees.

Dr. Jones is the first Native American to graduate from Wake Forest University and the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He went on to complete internship training at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Following a brief service as a medical officer in the US Navy, he established a private practice in Jacksonville, N.C. Dr. Jones was instrumental in establishing the school of medicine at East Carolina University and founded its department of Family Medicine, for which he served 20 years as chair.

In 1994, Governor James Hunt appointed Dr. Jones the Director of the NC Health Planning Commission to reform medical practice in the state. He has been elected to the position of president of both the state and national Academies of Family Physicians. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including an honorary doctorate from UNCP, the Tar Heel of the Week by the News and Observer, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Gov. Jim Martin, a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Wilmington Business Journal, and the National Indian Physician of the Year Award. He holds professor emeritus status at the ECU and UNC schools of medicine.

 

Alphonzo McRae Jr.Alphonzo McRae Jr. '74, '85

Proctorville, N.C. 
Occupation: Higher Education Administrator
Board of Governors appointee through 2019

 

Alphonzo McRae Jr., a resident of Proctorville, N.C., was appointed to the UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees in 2015 by the UNC Board of Governors. He is vice president for Institutional Services at Robeson Community College in Lumberton, N.C., where he oversees multiple departments including Campus Security and Parking Services, and Health, Safety and Compliance.

Mr. McRae graduated from UNCP with a Bachelor of Science in physical education and a minor in biology. He earned his Master of Counselor Education from East Carolina University while working as a summer coordinator for the Upward Bound Program at UNCP. He then went on to work for over 20 years in various roles within the Public Schools of Robeson County.

Mr. McRae maintains strong ties to the community through various athletic and civic ventures. He serves on the Southeastern Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees and is an official with the Southeastern Athletic Officials Association. Mr. McRae was inducted into the Pembroke State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981 as a member of the men’s basketball team. In 2012, he was named an honorary co-chair of UNC Pembroke’s 125th Anniversary Committee. 

 

Lorna Ricotta

Lorna Ricotta '01, '08

Fayetteville, N.C. 
Occupation: Higher Education Administrator and Business Owner
Board of Governors appointee through 2017

 

A native of Lumberton, N.C., Lorna Ricotta was appointed to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Board of Trustees in 2009 by the UNC Board of Governors and in 2013, was reappointed to a second term. She serves on the Student Life and Athletics, Executive, and Nominating Committees, as well as chairs the Finance and Administration Committee.

Mrs. Ricotta earned a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Business Administration from UNCP. She is active in community organizations serving as board chair of the Partnership for Children of Cumberland County and the Restore Warehouse board. Mrs. Ricotta is also on the Executive Committee of the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant Organization. In addition, Mrs. Ricotta is executive director of the Fayetteville Technical Community College Foundation, Inc. She also owns Ethos Creative Group, a boutique, design and event firm launched in 2009.

 

Newy Scruggs

Albert "Newy" Scruggs '94

Arlington, Texas
Occupation: Sports News Broadcaster 
Board of Governors appointee through 2017

 

The UNC Board of Governors appointed Albert “Newy” Scruggs to the UNCP Board of Trustees in 2009, and reappointed him in 2013 to a second term. He serves on the Educational Planning and Personnel Committee as well as the Public Affairs and Advancement Committee. 

Mr. Scruggs studied broadcasting at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, graduating in 1994. A successful sports broadcaster and television personality for nearly 20 years, Mr. Scruggs’ work as a sportscast anchor, a radio talk show host and color commentator for college football and basketball games has earned him several Emmy Awards. He currently lives near Dallas, Texas, where he is sports director for the NBC affiliate and hosts a national sports radio show. In addition, he created the Newy Scruggs Sports Broadcasting Scholarship in 2003 for students who are building careers in sports media. In 2007, Mr. Scruggs established the Dr. Sylvester Wooten Scholarship for fellow Chi Mu chapter members of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. 

 

Jarette SampsonJarette Sampson '00

Pembroke, N.C.
Occupation: Business Executive
Governor's appointee through 2019

 

Jarette Sampson was appointed to the UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees in 2015 by Governor Pat McCrory. He is a member of the Audit and Ethics, Educational Planning and Personnel, and Public Affairs and Advancement Committees.

 

 

Larry StoneLarry Stone '77

Lumberton, N.C. 
Occupation: Business Owner
Governor's appointee through 2019

 

Governor Pat McCrory appointed Larry Stone, a resident of Lumberton, N.C., to the UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees in 2015. He serves on the Audit and Ethics Committee, Educational Planning and Personnel Committee, and chairs the Public Affairs and Advancement Committee.

Mr. Stone is owner and president of several business ventures including Pawn Plus, Inc., Tom Stone Farms, Inc. and RMC Holdings, Inc. He is also a licensed real estate broker and insurance agent in North Carolina. Mr. Stone earned a bachelor's degree from UNC Pembroke and a Master of Education from Campbell University. 

 

Candace LocklearCandace B. Locklear

Pembroke, N.C.
SGA Representative
2015-16

 

Candace Locklear is a senior at UNC Pembroke majoring in chemistry with a professional concentration in exercise sports science. Her student organization involvement has included vice president of Gamma Sigma Epsilon, secretary for the Beta chapter of Alpha Pi Omega, Inc. and SGA secretary during her sophomore and junior years. Candace is currently enrolled in the Health Careers Access Program and the Esther G. Maynor Honors College.