UNCP mourns the loss of Dr. Collie Coleman


Dr. Collie Coleman, a senior administrator at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, passed away on October 7, 2008.

Collie ColemanA veteran and distinguished educator, Dr. Coleman was associate vice chancellor with the Office of Outreach. He joined the University in 2003 in the Office for Academic Affairs and was responsible for the Office of Distance Education, the Regional Center for Economic, Community and Professional Development and programs at 10 satellite campuses.

Chancellor Allen C. Meadors offered his condolences to the family.

“We have lost a truly good man with the departure from this earth of Dr. Collie Coleman,” Chancellor Meadors said. “He was not only a man of the highest integrity and commitment but a loving husband, father and friend to many. We are all blessed to have known Collie.”

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Charles Harrington said Dr. Coleman contributed greatly to UNCP’s success.

“Under Collie Coleman’s leadership, the University made tremendous progress in helping identify and address the economic and workforce development needs of Southeastern North Carolina.  His vision and dedication were instrumental in our ability to create and sustain a number of important partnerships with regional community colleges, Fort Bragg, area non profit organizations, and local business and industry.  Dr. Coleman’s dedication, commitment, and personal demeanor have had a huge impact on the University.  Collie will be very dearly missed.”

Dr. Coleman supervised the growth of UNCP’s on-line programs. Recently, UNCP ranked third in the UNC system for productivity of its online programs. Under his leadership, UNCP earned entry to Ft. Bragg’s campus, and he pushed the University’s outreach all the way to Wilmington, N.C., at Cape Fear Community College.

Dr. Coleman grew up in the tiny community of Bailey, in eastern North Carolina. “education is the great equalizer,” he said. Dr. Coleman graduated from Shaw University and earned a Ph.D. in higher education at The Ohio State University.

He is survived by Anne H. Coleman, an assistant dean for research services at UNCP’s Mary Livermore Library; two children, Kyle and Connie; and one grandchild, Kayla Anne.

A former Peace Corps volunteer and training director who grew up in a small rural community in Nash County (N.C.), Dr. Coleman earned South Carolina’s “Order of the Palmetto” for his work at Allen University, where he was president from 1984-1994.