Admissions & Aid

Meet the Admission Staff

Lela Clark

 Lela Clark
 Director of Admissions

"Having worked at and attended a number of colleges, I've seen first-hand what makes UNC Pembroke special. Our small classes and reasonable tuition allow students to receive a high quality, private school experience at a public school price. I am fortunate to work for an institution that offers opportunity for so many to pursue their dreams. A UNCP education can take you wherever you want to go. All you have to do is join us for the ride."

Clark is responsible for providing the leadership in recruiting and admitting undergraduate new students to the university. Her areas of special responsibility include oversight of support staff operations and recruitment publications coordinator.

Clark is a 2004 graduate of Old Dominion University with a Master's in Higher Education Administration. She joined the admissions team in February 2003.


Tony Lewis Tony Lewis
 Senior Associate Director

"As a Native of Robeson County, the rich traditions and history of UNC Pembroke have always been a distinguishable quality and point of pride.  Growing up, I recall many stories told to me by my parents of how UNC Pembroke has been a beacon of hope to so many throughout the region and state. For me, attending UNC Pembroke was an obvious choice. It is more than just an educational institution; it is a place where every student has an identity and can excel because of the remarkable care the faculty and staff take to ensure their success and growth. As an alumnus, I can attest to how my life has been transformed through the education received at UNC Pembroke.  I encourage you to visit campus and discover the opportunities that await you. GO BRAVES!!"

Lewis is responsible for oversight of the Assistant Directors and all recruitment staff operations. His territory responsibilities include a special emphasis on transfer student recruitment. 

Lewis is a double graduate of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He earned his Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Public Management in 2014 as well as previously earning a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. He joined the admissions team in June 2011.


 Chris Newcomb
 Associate Director

"When I was a senior preparing for college, I knew I wanted to go to a place where I would be a person and not a number.  UNCP was the only non-private school that seemed to fit this mold.  While I ultimately enrolled elsewhere to stay closer to home, UNCP has always been on my mind and is a place I have grown to love since working here.  Every person I meet on campus seems to always be happy and friendly.  The atmosphere of this place makes for a home-like environment where all people can feel a part of something great.  UNCP truly does offer something for everyone while still being a unique and nourishing place."  

Newcomb is responsible for the oversight of the support staff operations.Territory responsibilities include a special emphasis on transfer and international recruitment.

Newcomb earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Gardner-Webb University in 2005. He also recieved a Master of Divinity (2010) and a Master of Business Administration (2015) from Gardner-Webb University. He joined the admissions team in November 2015.  


 Jamee Hunt Freeman
 Assistant Director

“ONE Team for Student Success” is the driving force behind the positive outcomes that UNCP extends to our students.  At UNCP it is easy to get involved, and not to just be involved, but to be a leader and innovator.  I was awarded opportunities that I would not have received at other institutions, all because of the personal attention I was given from faculty and staff.  I will never forget attending my first Native American Student Organization Pow-Wow on campus, and the welcome reception I garnered from other American Indian students just like me.  It solidified UNCP as my home. The moment I was crowned Miss UNCP and went on to represent UNCP at the Miss North Carolina Pageant was so rewarding. I received 1st Runner Up to Miss North Carolina. The excitement was pivotal! Another special time included opening the mail to find a personal handwritten note from the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs congratulating me on my academic merit. At the end of the day, I am thankful UNCP chose me to be a student and gave me the tools to flourish as a productive citizen. I am more thankful that I'm now employed with UNCP and can assist students with experiencing the "Pembroke personal touch." I encourage you to be BRAVE, and get to know and visit this campus, even if it is in your backyard neighborhood.  Your successful future is only “One Team” away!  

Freeman's territory responsibilities include the North Carolina counties of Anson, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Columbus, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, McDowell, Polk, Richmond, Robeson, Rutherford, Scotland and Transylvania. Also, Freeman is responsible for the state of FL as well as all other states not represented by a recruiter. There is a special emphasis on American Indian recruitment. She is also the Student Ambassador Co-Advisor.

She is a 2008 graduate from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a Bachelor's in Health Promotions. She joined the admissions team in March 2014.  


 Ta'Keyah Holder
 Assistant Director

"Deciding where to go to college was an easy choice, once I visited UNC Pembroke. I knew right away that UNCP was the university for me. I love that it is a smaller university, with some of the same great benefits as larger universities. Here at UNCP there is a lot of school pride, and we are proud to be BRAVES! Students can develop amazing relationships, get involved in some of the many clubs and organizations on campus, and have access to awesome opportunities. “Where learning gets personal” is not just a slogan, it’s a fact. Students will be able to build relationships with their professors, as our faculty is dedicated to helping students reach their full potential and excelling academically. Attending UNCP has impacted my life tremendously, and coming to college here has been the best decision that I could have made. Considering my wonderful experiences here at UNCP, I want to help other students have the opportunity to become a BRAVE!"

Holder's territory responsibilities include the North Carolina counties of Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, and Moore. Out-of-state recruitment: Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Connecticut. She is the Student Telecounseling Co-Advisor.

Holder is a 2013 graduate from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a Bachelor's in Political Science and concentration in Public Administration. She joined the admissions team in August 2015. 


 Catherine Knudson
 Assistant Director

"I came to Pembroke looking for a new adventure.  I wanted to leave my hometown in Virginia and challenge myself with a different way of life and new people.  It quickly became evident that UNCP was the place for me!  I jumped right in and joined multiple student organizations and clubs in my major.  I had so many opportunities for growth that wouldn’t have been available anywhere else.  The support and encouragement I received here propelled me to move abroad and pursue a Master’s degree.  I am thrilled to return to UNCP to represent my University around North Carolina, and share how committed and meaningful this university, the faculty, and staff are to our students.  It is the most genuine, supportive, and passionate community into which I have ever had the pleasure of being welcomed."

Knudson's territory responsibilities include the North Carolina counties of Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Gates, Granville, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Lenoir, Nash, North Hampton, Orange, Pitt, Vance, Wake, Warren and Wilson. Out-of-state recruitment: South Carolina. She is the Student Telecounseling Co-Advisor.

Knudson earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2012 and a Master of Public Health from the University of Nottingham in Nottingham, England, UK in 2014. She joined the admissions team in August 2015.


 Tywanna Nance
 Assistant Director

"A former soldier, Physical Education instructor, and coach, I have grown increasingly enthusiastic about helping others succeed and reach their maximum potential.  After transitioning into the world of higher education, my expertise now stretches across several planes; from the traditional 4-year institution, to the community college, and also the for-profit education sector.  Having had so many different experiences in higher education (both as a student and as an administrator) one aspect remains constant and that is the significant role the admissions department plays in the college decision-making process for student recruits.  In today’s landscape of uncertainty among many aspiring college students, higher education admissions professionals must care about and be cognizant of students’ diverse needs as well as their ability to integrate, thrive, and persist at a particular institution.  As a longtime admissions professional, I have committed myself to doing just that!  Therefore, I am excited to join the UNC Pembroke admissions team.  UNCP is an institution that is rooted community pride and it shares my commitment to student success, diversity, and progress.  If you want to have a rich and fulfilling higher education experience, then you should contact us. I urge you to be BRAVE and offer yourself a college education that is amazingly unique and wonderful!"        

Nance's territory responsibilities include the North Carolina counties of Ashe, Avery, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Iredell, Lincoln, Madison, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanley, Swain, Union, Watauga, and Yancey. Out-of-state responsibilities: New York.

Nance is currently writing her dissertation to earn a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership.  She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Carolina Upstate (Physical Education) and a Master of Business Administration (Human Resource Management) from Strayer University, Washington, DC in 2009.  She joined the admissions team in January 2016.


Ashley Pryer Ashley Pryer
 Assistant Director

"Deciding where to go to College can be a very stressful process. But when I first learned about UNC Pembroke, they took the time to help me and handed me tons of important information, fast! As my freshman year progressed, I made many new friends, learned so much and realized UNCP really had become my second home. UNC Pembroke offers students so many wonderful opportunities to take advantage of. The small classes that UNC Pembroke offers lets students connect with their professors easily and they know you as your own name, not as number in a class. UNC Pembroke truly turns young individuals into today’s bright leaders. Throughout my four years here and now as an alumni, I have experienced the UNC Pembroke personal touch and I welcome you to do the same!"

Pryer's territory responsibilities include the North Carolina counties of Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes, and Yadkin. Out-of-state responsibilities: New Jersey. She is also the Student Ambassador Co-Advisor.  

She is a 2011 graduate from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a Bachelor's in Mass Communication. She joined the admissions team in May 2011. 


 Engle Revels
 Assistant Director

"Choosing the right college can be a difficult process. However, the moment I first stepped on the campus of UNC Pembroke, I knew that I was home. Attending UNCP not only gave me a sense of home, but it afforded me many opportunities to learn and engage with people all over the world. Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of UNC Pembroke, is the "personal touch" style of learning. No matter the class or department, each student is treated like an individual and not just another number. Whether you choose UNCP because of small class size, desired major, affordable tuition, culture, or the diversity, your life will indeed be changed through the great education you receive.  Make the choice and be BRAVE!"

Revels' responsibilities include the North Carolina counties of Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Hyde, Jones, Martin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Perquimans, Sampson, Tyrell, and

Revels is a 2003 and 2007 graduate from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She joined the admissions team in February 2016. Washington counties. Out-of-state responsibilities: Virginia. 


 Kelly Spainhour
 Admissions Representative




 Wendy Wong
 Assistant Director/Transcript Evaluator 

Wong primarily works with transfer students. She is responsible for all transcript evaluation.   



Support Staff

Tracy Dial Tracy Dial
 Data Coordinator
 Phone: 910.521.6621 Email



LaRhonda Darnell LaRhonda Darnell
 Application Data Processor
 Phone: 910.521.6264



Rip Turner Rip Turner
 University Switchboard Operator
 Phone: 910.521.6000



 Amy Cox
 Administrative Assistant
 Phone: 910.521.6356



 Celestine Hunt
 Administrative Assistant
 Phone: 910.521.6263



Melissa Gainey 
Receptionist/Campus Visit Coordinator and Web Information Coordinator
Phone: 910.521.6262



 Angela Thomas
 Inquiry Data Processor
 Phone: 910.521.6199