The University of North Carolina at Pembroke dedicated the west lobby of the English E. Jones Athletic Center on April 24 to honor three generations of the Dobbs Oxendine family.
Lobby dedication – From left: Brion Oxendine, Melissa Oxendine, Chancelellor Meadors, Dobbs Oxendine Jr. and Alisia Oxendine
The late Dobbs Oxendine Sr., Dobbs Oxendine Jr. and Brion Oxendine, three generations who all studied at UNCP, were honored in an unveiling ceremony. The lobby, which is the site of many official University events, was named for Dobbs Enterprises, an automotive, restaurant and real estate business owned by Dobbs Oxendine Jr.
In making a gift of $50,000 to UNCP’s First and Ten Campaign for Football and Athletic Excellence, the three generations became “Lifetime Legacy” members of the Chancellor’s Club, the University’s most elite group of donors. Dobbs Enterprises was one of the first members of the Club in 1989.
Dobbs Oxendine Jr.
Dobbs Oxendine Jr. said his family connections with the University are deep, long and continuing.
“We’re not stopping with three generations,” said Oxendine, who is a 1962 graduate. “This was about the only place our people could get an education; that is what is so important about this University.
“I am so proud of the University and the way it has helped our family and our community throughout history,” he said.
Chancellor Allen C. Meadors thanked the family.
“Today we are honoring a remarkable family with a long history with their University,” Chancellor Meadors said. “Their name will have a permanent place in this building. It’s wonderful to see the community step forward to support their University.”
Brion Oxendine’00, who attended the dedication with his wife, Alisia, who is a graduate student in UNCP’s Master’s of Public Administration program, said his father set a good example.
“I appreciate my father’s leadership in business and in the community,” Brion said. “My mother and two sisters are graduates, so you can see that UNCP has played a major role in the education and development of my family and me.”
Dobbs Oxendine Sr. studied at UNCP before leaving to continue his education in Washington, D.C. He was a businessman, with interests in several very successful automotive enterprises. The University held a “Dobbs Oxendine Sr. Day” for the former trustee and member of the UNCP Foundation’s board of directors.
Football coach Pete Shinnick said with the help of people like the Oxendines, UNCP football has come a long way in a short time.
“The transformation that is taking place here is remarkable,” Shinnick said. “Thank you for buying into this vision and helping to build this University.”
Dobbs Oxendine Jr. taught high school history in Maryland before returning home to join the family business. Today, Dobbs Enterprises of Lumberton, N.C., employs 70 people at a Huddle House Restaurant, gas and oil sales, truck stop, car wash and three convenience stores.
Like his father before him, Dobbs Jr. is active in community service. He is a past board member of the Governor’s Human Relations Council, N.C. Indian Commission, Lumbee Regional Development Association, Lumbee Tribal Council and the N.C. Indian Culture Center.
Brion Oxendine is a 2000 UNCP graduate. He worked with Dobbs Enterprises and is a real estate broker with Re/Max residential and commercial real estate in Lumberton, N.C.
For more information about the First and Ten Campaign for Football and Athletic Excellence, please contact the Office for Advancement at 910.521.6252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.