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Mark Gogal named Chief of Staff for Chancellor's Office

Mark Gogal
Mark Gogal

Mark Gogal brings two decades of proven leadership and management experience to his new role as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Chancellor at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment on November 26.

Gogal has served in the interim role since July, following the retirement of Dan Kenney. He has held several key leadership roles at the university, including interim vice chancellor for Advancement.

Among his many duties as chief of staff, Gogal will oversee the execution of staff functions in the Chancellor’s Office and lead key initiatives of the university. He will also play a central role in the planning process to develop and implement five-year institutional plans.

“I am honored and grateful to be selected for this position, as I have truly enjoyed working alongside many dedicated faculty and staff during my past few years at UNCP,” said Gogal. “I look forward to focusing on our mission and values while continuing to serve our students, community, and peers as we together shape the future of this university and its impact on our region.”

Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings made the announcement this week following the vote of approval from the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees.

“Mark has been a highly-effective public servant in large, diverse organizations and has demonstrated his ability to be a leader worthy of respect and admiration. During his years at UNCP, he has impacted the university in many positive and visionary ways and is widely accepted as an integral part of our Brave Family.”

Gogal joined UNCP in 2015 as a Human Resources senior strategist, bringing more than 20 years of high-level management experience.

Gogal’s initial focus was on organizational and leadership effectiveness. In this role, he has earned the respect of UNCP faculty and staff across campus while playing a key role in strategic initiatives including the development of the BRAVEBook, which is used to guide faculty and staff in the implementation of our mission and vision through operational initiatives and objectives. He also led several Lean events across campus which comprised of in-depth training sessions designed to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in process.

In the summer of 2017, Gogal answered the call of service agreeing to act as interim vice chancellor for Advancement. While leading the Advancement division, the team achieved record giving levels.

Gogal came to UNCP after serving as director of human resources for the state Department of Health and Human Services, where he managed a human resources team that supported the department’s 17,000-person statewide workforce.

He previously served in top-level managerial roles in Human Resources for several Fortune 500 companies, including Sigma Electric Manufacturing and Progress Energy.

Gogal holds a bachelor of Business Administration degree from James Madison University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from N.C. State University.

Of Gogal’s experience, Cummings adds, “Mark brings tremendous experience and a distinguished background to the chief of staff role,” said Chancellor Cummings. “Mark is the right leader at the right time bringing commitment, insight, and a thoughtful, strategic approach as we work to advance the university’s mission. He is the perfect leader to build upon the foundation put in place by Dan Kenney.”

He lives in Raleigh with his wife, Valerie, and their three children.