Four outgoing members of the UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees attended their final meeting May 2 as their terms expire on June 30.
McDuffie Cummings of Pembroke, Dr. Cheryl Locklear of Pembroke, Roger Oxendine of Rowland and Henry Lewis of Lumberton served eight-year terms on the board that hired Chancellor Allen C. Meadors and witnessed record-setting growth of the university's enrollment since 1999.
Cummings was appointed by Gov. Jim Hunt. Dr. Locklear, a dentist, Oxendine a farmer, and Lewis, a certified public accountant, were appointed by the UNC Board of Governors. It is a 13-member board.
They received plaques for their service and congratulations. Oxendine said it was a historic time for the university and its board.
"I think the university is moving in a positive direction," Oxendine said. "This is now a working board, and we have shown that we want to be involved."
Cummings, who is Pembroke's town manager, said he will no longer vote but will continue to be involved with the university. His daughter Kresa graduates May 10.
Newly elected Student Government President Nadine Hafner was introduced to the board. She will join the board for a one-year term on July 1.
In other business, Chancellor Allen C. Meadors announced that Dr. Glen Burnette has accepted the new position of vice chancellor for University and Community Relations.
"Following our four-year institutional review, we felt that we need to maintain and improve community relations within our region and a new office will assist us in that effort," Chancellor Meadors said. "We have begun a search for a new vice chancellor of advancement with a goal of filling that position by August."
Dr. Burnette was formerly vice chancellor for advancement.
The board approved Dr. Warren Baker as the new dean of the School of Education.
Dr. Baker has served the university in many capacities, including as director of admissions, Teaching Fellows, University-Schools Program and Institutional research. He is currently interim dean and a professor in the School of Education.
"Dr. Baker has built many, many excellent partnerships for the university throughout the region," said Dr. Roger Brown, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.
The board of trustees approved a parking fee rate hike of $15 across the board.
New rates are: evening students - $40, commuter students - $60, resident students - $70, faculty/staff (hourly) - $71, faculty/staff (salaried) - $81 and adjunct faculty - $48.
"Compared to other universities, this is still a bargain," Chancellor Meadors said and SGA President Koji Sado agreed.
"It's justified. Parking cost are comparatively low, and students are interested in seeing new parking at the Track and Soccer Complex," Sado said.
The university expects to add 180 parking spaces at the complex for the fall semester.