Dr. David B. Oxendine, a professor in the School of Education, will represent The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and the surrounding region on the Scholars Council of the newly formed UNC Tomorrow Commission.
An initiative of UNC President Erskine Bowles and the Board of Governors, the council will, over the next 18 months, help the state’s universities identify the needs facing the state and its regions over the next 20 years and help develop and implement the strategies.
Dr. Oxendine, a Pembroke, N.C., native and faculty member since 2005, was recommended by Dr. Charles Harrington, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.
“I am delighted that the UNC Tomorrow Commission has appointed Dr. Oxendine to this important council,” Dr. Harrington said. “Dr. Oxendine’s ties to southeastern North Carolina and his intimate familiarity with the educational, economic, and workforce needs of the region will be indispensable to the Scholar’s Council and the Commission as they begin their important work.
“It is our hope that southeastern North Carolina’s voice is heard through Dr. Oxendine’s contribution,” he said.
One of 14 scholars on the council, Dr. Oxendine begins the assessment phase of the project in August. The council will meet with both regional and statewide business, nonprofit, community, policy and government leaders to listen to their concerns.
“We will be identifying the needs of our regions and state and see how we can serve them better,” Dr. Oxendine said. “I think this is an opportunity for the regions to have a voice within the larger state framework.
“We have been asked not to view ourselves as representing our campuses, but as members of a team working on behalf of the regions and the state,” he said. “I believe it will be a positive experience, and I hope it will benefit our region.”
After the assessment stage, the Scholars Council will develop, in cooperation with the larger Tomorrow Commission, UNC and the Board of Governors, a response that will be completed in May 2008.
“It’s going to be a busy year,” Dr. Oxendine said. “The future depends upon this kind of planning, and I’m looking forward to making a contribution.”
Dr. Oxendine teaches educational psychology and earned a master’s degree in counselor education and a Ph.D. in psychology at NC State University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Catawba College.