Joshua D. Malcolm has joined The University of North Carolina at Pembroke as assistant University counsel.
Malcolm did not need a campus map to find his new office. A Pembroke native, he is a 1992 UNCP graduate with four brothers who are also graduates of the institution.
Malcolm is not new to higher education law either, coming from Fayetteville State University, where he held a similar position for three and one-half years. He also served as an instructor in UNCP’s Master of Public Administration program.
A graduate of North Carolina Central University School of Law and a licensed member of the North Carolina Bar, Malcolm will handle a wide variety of legal issues for UNCP including some public safety, civil, contract and employment matters. He reports to Donna Gooden Payne, University counsel and chief of staff for the Office of the Chancellor.
Payne is plainly delighted that Malcolm is part of the institution’s legal affairs team.
“Joshua has developed a broad knowledge of legal issues that institutions within the UNC system must face,” Payne said. “His experience and expertise will be a terrific resource for our campus.”
Malcolm said he enjoys the practice of higher education law.
“This is an absolutely fascinating area of law,” he said. “A university attorney has to be a generalist, one day dealing with a contractual issue and the next day dealing with campus safety.
“I enjoy this environment,” Malcolm said. “I believe I can make a contribution to the University based on my legal experience and my knowledge of this community.”
Malcolm, who saw the world while serving seven years on active duty with the U.S. Air Force, said there is no place like home.
“Besides having four brothers who graduated from UNCP, my mother, Vera Locklear Malcolm, is a 1967 graduate and my grandfather, the late Rev. C.E. Locklear, attended the University when it was known as the Cherokee Indian Normal School of Robeson County,” he said. “I remember coming here for summer camps and to play on campus as a child.
“Perhaps the thing that is most remarkable about my family’s relationship with the University is that four of the five brothers – Joseph ’87, David ’92, myself and Caleb ’97 – were all commissioned military officers in the Armed Forces in the ROTC programs here at UNCP; two in the Army and two in the Air Force,” he said. “In addition, James ’98, ’07 obtained his bachelor and graduate degrees here.
“It was Air Force ROTC and the opportunity to serve that became the focus of my attention while in college, and I excelled in the program and while on active duty,” Malcolm continued. “One of the things I am proudest of is being a distinguished ROTC graduate of UNCP.”
Malcolm rose to the rank of captain and was stationed at numerous bases across the U.S. He was deployed overseas to Bosnia, Saudi Arabia and Kenya as a C-130 evaluator navigator. He described it as “an awesome experience for a kid from Pembroke.”
With a wife, Meloria Revels, and two children, Forrest (11) and Alaina (9), Capt. Malcolm’s professional life took a turn when he was grounded for medical reasons. A brief stint in industry was followed by a decision to go to law school at North Carolina Central University.
“I spoke with many local attorneys, including Mr. Arnold Locklear, Mr. Henry Ward Oxendine and Mr. Rodney Oxendine, and they said N.C. Central was an exceptional law school,” Malcolm said. “During law school, I had some outstanding internship experiences working with Johnson Britt at the Robeson County District Attorney’s Office, the law firm of Locklear, Jacobs, Hunt and Brooks and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh, N.C.”
At N.C. Central, Malcolm was the first person to receive the Julian Pierce Scholarship, named for the slain Robeson County civil rights leader.
He is pleased to join UNCP.
“This is a growing University that remains vital to the community and the families who live and work here,” he said. “I believe UNCP is in a position and holds the potential to help the entire region, and I understand that this University is here because of the students.”