Dr. Sally McRorie, FSU Provost and UNCP Alumnus, named 2016 spring Commencement speaker


Dr. Sally McRorieDr. Sally McRorie, Florida State University provost and UNC Pembroke graduate, will serve as the keynote speaker for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke during the spring 2016 Commencement.  

Dr. McRorie will speak at the graduate ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Givens Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 6.  McRorie will also be the keynote speaker at the undergraduate ceremony in the Quad at 9 a.m. on May7. The Quad is located between Old Main and Mary Livermore Library. 

UNCP Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings will confer approximately 724 degrees; including 584 undergraduate degrees and about 140 at the graduate level.  

Dr. McRorie graduated from UNC Pembroke in 1976. She serves as provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at Florida State University. Her career at FSU spans 21 years. She was appointed provost in November 2015 following a nationwide search. 

Dr. McRorie said she is excited about returning to her alma mater.

“It’s been much too long since I was at UNC Pembroke,” McRorie said. “My memories are strong of classes with lots of discussion and great professors, especially in the sciences, philosophy, and art.” 

“I remember working nearly every day and evening in the art studios in Moore Hall,” McRorie continued. 

McRorie earned a degree in art education and painting at what was then known as Pembroke State University. 

“Going to the Union to watch “Jeopardy,” which then came on at noon, and trying to beat my friends and the contestants was a frequent occurrence, as was cheering on the soccer team ... there was no football then,” McRorie said. “Most importantly, UNCP built my understanding of and commitment to working hard, embracing diversity and inclusion at every turn, and loving to learn. Those lessons have shaped my life and career in profound ways and I am most grateful.” 

McRorie was born in Charlotte and graduated from high school in Greenville, N.C. 

After earning her degree at UNCP, McRorie taught art in South Carolina, Tennessee and Kansas while pursing her post graduate degrees. She earned a master’s degree in art education and printmaking from East Tennessee State University. She holds a doctorate degree in art education from the University of Kansas. 

McRorie is also a graduate of the Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration at Bryn Mawr. She taught at Purdue University and the University of Kansas before joining the faculty at Florida State in 1994. 

During her tenure at FSU, McRorie has served as professor, dean, vice president, and interim provost. She served as vice president for Faculty Development and Advancement. She also served as the university’s inaugural dean of the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance. She also served as chair and professor of Art Education for the School of Visuals Arts and Dance.  

McRorie served two terms as president of the National Association of Arts Administrators and currently serves on the commission of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. She previously served as senior editor of Studies in Art Education. Some of her accolades include the Manuel Barkan Award, Mary J. Rouse Award, FSU Teaching Award, and Indiana and Florida Higher Education Art Educator of the Year awards. 

UNC Pembroke is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina system.  For more information, contact Joanna Warner, interim executive director of University Communications and Marketing, via email, (joanna.warner@uncp.edu) or by phone (910.775.4587). Connect with UNC Pembroke online at uncp.edu or on social media to learn how the university is changing lives through education.