UNC Pembroke names new provost


Charles F. Harrington, Ph.D. has been named provost at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. The UNCP Board of Trustees approved Chancellor Allen C. Meador’s recommendation on July 30, 2005.

Charles HarringtonDr. Harrington is expected to take office as UNCP’s chief academic officer on August 15 after receiving approval from the UNC Board of Governors. He has been assistant vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Southern Indiana (USI) since 2000 and also served as director of Institutional Research and Assessment and a professor of business statistics from 1995 through 2000.

Prior to joining USI, he served as assistant director of Institutional Research and Planning at the State University of West Georgia, where his responsibilities included assisting the University Faculty Senate with the assessment of student learning outcomes and academic effectiveness.

Dr. Harrington is an accomplished scholar who has been involved in substantial funded research. Since 1999, he has published 25 scholarship papers, supervised five doctoral students and presented at more than two dozen international conferences.

“Dr. Harrington is an accomplished scholar, educator and academic leader,” Chancellor Meadors said. “I am confident he will provide continued leadership to maintain and enhance the academic excellence at UNC Pembroke.”

The search committee, chaired by Dr. Thomas Leach, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was charged with identifying a successor to Dr. Roger Brown, who resigned earlier this year to become the chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

The committee received over 50 applications for the position and conducted phone interviews with nine candidates. Based on its interviews and candidates’ records of achievement and references, the committee invited Dr. Harrington and two other finalists to participate in campus visits where they had an opportunity to meet with faculty, deans and administrators.

Dr. Harrington said he was pleased to become a part of UNC Pembroke’s tradition of excellence.

“Pembroke is an institution poised and ready to do truly great things,” Dr. Harrington said. “The quality of the faculty, the level of care and commitment devoted to helping students succeed, the support of the Pembroke community, and the leadership team being built by Chancellor Meadors were critical factors in my decision to join the UNCP family.”

Dr. Harrington is a member of a number of professional organizations including the American Educational Research Association, the American Statistical Association and the Association for the Study of Higher Education. He received the Award for Innovation and Excellence in Support of On-Line Teaching and Learning from the Indiana Partnership for Statewide Education in 2004, and many other awards including the Best Conference Research Paper Award from the Indiana Association for Institutional Research in 1998 and consecutively from 2000 through 2003.

Dr. Harrington received his undergraduate degree in philosophy and doctorate in higher education from Ohio University; he received his master’s degree in non-profit management from Drexel University.

A native of Athens, Ohio, Dr. Harrington and his wife, Kelly, have three daughters: Emma, 14; Abbey, 12; and Claire, 9.