James Bass to direct Alumni Relations at UNCP


James BassJames M. Bass will assume duties as executive director of the Office of Alumni Relations in January 2005 at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

A Lumberton native and 1994 UNCP graduate, Bass was assistant director of Student Activities since 1998. He also served as an adjunct professor in the Department of English, Theatre and Languages.

In his former position, Bass served UNCP students, and at his new post, he will serve UNCP graduates. He reports to Sandra K. Waterkotte, vice chancellor for Advancement.

“We are so pleased to be able to announce James’ hiring. Not only does he have the advantage of knowing UNCP from an alumnus’ point of view, he’s also been working with our students since 1999 and knows firsthand the kind of excitement being generated on our campus these days,” Waterkotte said. “I can’t imagine a more enthusiastic representative for our alumni, and our February Homecoming festivities will be a great time to introduce him.”
Bass will keep UNCP’s alumni connected to the University through various programs and publications, including UNCP Today magazine and the alumni Web site (www.uncp.edu/alumni). He will serve as executive director of the Alumni Association, and recognize outstanding alumni through the alumni awards program.

“ I have spent the past six years working to keep students involved in the campus community, so it is natural for me to work at keeping our alumni involved,” Bass said.

“ I am very excited about working with my fellow alumni,” he said. “The lifelong relationships I’ve made at UNCP, as a student, administrator and instructor, have been a valuable part of my life and career.”

“Working for Student Affairs has given me valuable insight into the relationship students build with the University during their undergraduate careers, and I’m looking forward to strengthening those relationships in my new position,” he said. “The Office of Advancement is doing some great things, and I am excited about joining the team.” Bass noted that the prospect of the return of football to UNCP in 2007 has created considerable interest among alumni, students and others. “ It’s fantastic to see how the interest in football at UNCP has escalated,” he said. “Football is going to enhance the visibility of the University. It's an exciting time at UNCP, this is just one of the many projects that is taking this institution to a new level.”

Bass received a Bachelor of Arts degree in arts management in 1994 and a Master of Arts in English education from UNCP in 2003. For the past year, he taught composition and film in literature in the English Department. He spent the 2004 summer session teaching English at North China Institute of Science and Technology in Yanjiao, East Beijing.

Active in the local arts community and with youth programs, Bass has served on the boards of Robeson Little Theatre and the Robeson Arts Council. He volunteered with the Robeson County Juvenile Justice program and Lumber River Council of Governments’ Youth Opportunity Program.

For more information about alumni programs, please call 910.521.6533 or email alumni@uncp.edu.