The University of North Carolina system’s governing body convened on the campus of UNC Pembroke on April 11 – 12. It was the first time the UNC Board of Governors (BOG) had met at UNCP, and the first time in nearly two years they had held their meeting outside of Chapel Hill. The meeting also included a visit by Governor Pat McCrory.
UNCP was notified in January that the board would honor the university’s 125th anniversary by coming to campus for its two-day meeting. Chancellor Kyle Carter appointed a planning committee headed by General Council Joshua Malcolm and Chief of Staff Daniel Kenney to work with Bart Corgnati, secretary of the University in coordinating the visit.
Chancellor Carter gives a “state of the university” address before the full Board of Governors on Friday morning.
The meeting was an opportunity for UNCP to showcase its academic programs, state-of-the-art campus and engaged student body to the leaders who make decisions about the state’s 17 public universities – many of whom had never been on the Pembroke campus.
In addition to the 32 Board of Governors members, chancellors from the other 16 institutions in the system were in attendance, as well as nearly 20 staff members from the UNC General Administration. The meeting was open to the public and drew a considerable number of guests and media.
Gov. McCrory, came to address the board on Thursday morning. In an informal discussion about the state budget he talked the need for integration among the four education entities in the state (pre-K, K-12, community colleges and universities).
UNCP student Robert Nunnery will take seat on the Board of Governors for 2013-14. He is picture here with current Association of Student Governments President Cameron Carswell.
Speaking to the UNCP leadership, he said: “You should be proud of the heritage and your history, and what you’re doing for this region, which has been hit hard by the economic situation. This great university is part of the solution.”
Following his time with the board, the governor, UNC President Tom Ross and Chairman of the Board Peter Hass toured the campus then had lunch with other guests under a tent.
Chancellor Carter was given time to address the board on Friday morning. In a brief introduction, he said: “The last two days have given our campus an opportunity to tell our story. It’s a story you may not know too well.
“UNC Pembroke is on a mission to be an institution of choice. We want students to come here for many reasons, but the most important reason is for the quality of our academic programs.” Chancellor Carter then showed a nine-minute video highlighting the university’s heritage, its outstanding qualities today, and its vision for the future. Following the video, the crowd of nearly 200 erupted in a standing ovation.
Praise for UNCP’s hospitality was effusive, from Chariman Haas, wearing UNCP’s specially designed 125th lapel pin, to President Tom Ross who thanked Chancellor Carter saying “We could not have asked for a warmer reception, a greater welcome or warmer hospitality.”
It was also an historic coming out for the Board of Governors newest member, UNCP Student Government President Robert Nunnery. Nunnery, who will have a seat on the BOG after winning election as president of the Association of Student Governments, was introduced in open session. He is the first UNCP student to become ASG’s top leader.
Chancellor Carter called the historic two-day event a “terrific success.” In a statement to campus on April 12 following the BOG’s departure, he thanked the entire campus.
BOG member Dick Taylor is pictured before the Friday morning session. He is a former UNCP trustee.
“During their stay our visitors were introduced to the professional accomplish- ments of our faculty, and they saw firsthand the dedication and capability of our staff. We heard them marvel at the appearance of our campus and the effort put forth to make everyone comfortable. Most importantly, our visitors were impressed with our students and their stories of a personalized education. That is, after all, what we do, and we do it well.”
For UNCP observers, it was a rare and revealing look at the work of the Board of Governors. Issues that UNCP is focused on - service to the military, learning assessments, student health insurance, strategic planning and community college articulation agreements - were on the agenda of the larger board as well.
In addition to Malcolm and Kenney, the planning committee members were Sandy Briscar, executive director of University Communications and Marketing; Travis Bryant, associate vice chancellor for Campus Safety and Emergency Operations; Dr. Glen Burnette, special assistant, constituent relations; Sarah Carter, first lady; Patricia Fields, director, Givens Performing Arts Center; Kandice Kinlaw, events coordinator; Marla Locklear, administrative support associate, Chancellor’s Office; Cynthia Oxendine, senior director, University Center & Programs; Kevin Pait, director, networking operations; Cynthia Saylor, assistant chief information officer; Mark Vesely, facilities supervisor; and Janet Williams, catering director, Sodexo.