Four new members join UNCP Board of Trustees

Arlinda Locklear

Nadean Hafner

Arlinda Locklear Nadean Hafner
Dick Taylor  Freda Porter 
Richard "Dick" Taylor Freda Porter

Arlinda Locklear and Nadean Hafner were sworn in as the newest members of the UNCP Board of Trustees on September 5.

Richard "Dick" Taylor of Lumberton and Freda Porter of Pembroke also attended their first regular meeting of the board. Board appointments are for four years.

One vacant seat remains to be filled by the UNC Board of Governors. An announcement is expected from the board's September 12 meeting.

A Pembroke native, Locklear is "of counsel" with the law firm of Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C. She has more than 25 years experience in tribal law, specializing in federal recognition issues. She appeared several times before the U.S. Supreme Court on matters of tribal law.

Locklear has represented the Lumbee Tribe since 1987 and is currently working on renewed federal recognition efforts for the tribe in Congress.

A member of the Board of Directors for the Institute for the Development of Indian Law, she is a member of the board of Advisors for the Encyclopedia of Native Americans in the 20th Century. Locklear was awarded the Outstanding Woman of Color Award given by the National Institute of Women of Color in 1987, the Julian T. Pierce Award in 1994 and the 1995 Carpathian Award for Speaking Out, given by North Carolina Equity.

After receiving an undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston, she earned a law degree from Duke University.

As president of the UNCP Student Government Association, Hafner fills the SGA seat on the board for one year. From Fayetteville, she is a pre-law major and is minoring in history.

Last year, Hafner was chair of the Campus Activities Board and the chair of CAB's Promotions Committee. She is a member of Students in Free Enterprise, past president of the International Business Club and a former news reporter for The Pine Needle, UNCP's student newspaper.

A UNC Board of Governors' appointee, Taylor is a Lumberton businessman with interests in insurance and real estate enterprises. UNCP's new track bears his name and the name of his wife, Lenore, for their support of the University.

Taylor is well known for his own outstanding track career at UNC-Chapel Hill and as an outstanding competitor in the Senior Olympics. His photograph hangs in the Athletic Hall of Fame in UNC-CH's Carmichael Auditorium.

A governor's appointee, Freda Porter is a former professor of mathematics at UNCP. A Pembroke native, she is the owner of Porter Scientific in Pembroke. Her research interest is the application of mathematical models to the study of groundwater, especially in Native American communities.

Porter is a UNCP graduate. She earned a Master of Science degree from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. from Duke University. She performed post-doctoral work at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is one of only a handful of Native American women to hold a doctorate in mathematics.

At UNCP, Porter helped establish a campus chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES).

A slate of board officers were approved with Gervais Oxendine of Southern Pines as chair, Carl Meares Jr. of Fair Bluff as vice chair and Sybil Collins of Pembroke as secretary. Other members of the Executive Committee include Thomas Jones II of Whiteville, Sherry Prince of Tabor City and Sybil Bullard of Pembroke.