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UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees

Don Metzger

Don Metzger, Chair
Lumberton, N.C.
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Occupation: Retired Business Owner
Board of Governors appointee through 2021
Committees: Executive, BOT of the Endowment Fund


Don Metzger was reappointed to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Board of Trustees by the UNC Board of Governors in 2017, and served on the 2015 Chancellor Search Committee.

Mr. Metzger was born and raised in Kansas City, Mo. He attended the University of Missouri where he received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a master's in Construction Management. After graduation, Mr. Metzger worked as an engineer for several Ohio companies before starting his own consulting engineering company, Site Consultants, Inc. In 1974 he started an industrial construction company, Progressive Building Methods, Inc. He served as president of both companies until selling them in 1980, at which time he moved to Lumberton, N.C. and, with a partner, bought F.R. Bray Construction Company (Construction Systems, Inc.). Mr. Metzger sold the business in 1999.

Mr. Metzger is a member of several professional organizations and has remained actively involved with the local community for over 30 years. He has served on various committees and boards to include the Committee of 100 (which he helped found), the Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Robeson Community College, and the steering committee of the National League of Cities Community and Economic Development Committee. Most recently, Mr. Metzger served on the Lumberton City Council representing precinct one.

Mr. Metzger is married to his wife, Linda, and they have six children and 13 grandchildren. In service to the university and community, he and his wife established the Linda and Don Metzger Endowed Scholarship in Business to help students dedicated to furthering their education achieve their goals.

Patrick Corso

Patrick Corso, Vice Chair
Pinehurst, N.C.
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Occupation: Business Owner
Board of Governors appointee through 2023
Committees: Executive, *Educational Planning & Personnel, Finance & Administration, BOT of the Endowment Fund, Joint Investment Committee


Pat Corso was appointed by the UNC Board of Governors in 2015 to serve on the UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees.

Mr. Corso came to Pinehurst, N.C. in 1986 and was named President and CEO of Pinehurst Resort in January 1987, a position he held for 17 years. He oversaw the restoration fo the resort and helped recruit major championship golf events, including the 1999 and 2005 US Open Championships.

His community involvement has included chair of the NC Travel & Tourism Board, as well as serving on the NC Economic Development Board, the Moore County Chamber of Commerce, and the board of the Boys & Girls Club of the Sandhills. In 2003, Mr. Corso was named one of 40 North Carolina Tourism Leaders of the 20th Century by Appalachian State University.

Mr. Corso is a graduate of Ball State University and a member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland. He is Executive Director of Moore County Partners in Progress and a franchisee/partner of Pinehurst Donuts, LLC.

Brigadier General Allen J. Jamerson

Brig. Gen. Allen Jamerson '83, '86, Secretary
Woodbridge, Va.
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Occupation: Consultant
Board of Governors appointee through 2021
Committees: Executive, *Audit & Ethics, Educational Planning & Personnel, Public Affairs, BOT of the Endowment Fund, Joint Investment Committee


Brigadier General Allen J. Jamerson is a graduate of UNC Pembroke with degrees in criminal justice (1983) and social work (1986). He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1986, and was commissioned as an AFROTC distinguished graduate. Following several domestic and international security police assignments, he served as Chief, Security Police for Clear Air Station, Alaska.

Gen. Jamerson graduated from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa., in 2003. He was then assigned as deputy director of security for the National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Va. He served as commander for numerous posts including the 90th Security Forces Group at Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyo., 72nd Air Base Wing at Tinker, AFB, Okla., and vice commander of the 42nd Air Base Wing, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

Upon his retirement in 2016, Gen. Jamerson was director of Security Forces, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He was responsible for ensuring the physical security of Air Force nuclear assets, and planning and programming for over 37,500 Active-Duty and Reserve security forces worldwide.

Throughout his career, Gen. Jamerson has received numerous awards and decorations, to include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster. He was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in 2012.

Gen. Jamerson served as commencement speaker for both graduate and undergraduate ceremonies in spring 2014. He later established the General Allen J. Jamerson Scholarship for Aerospace Excellence to recognize an outstanding UNC Pembroke Air Force ROTC cadet.

Wiley G. Barrett

Wiley G. Barrett '69 
Southern Pines, N.C.
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Occupation: Retired Educator
Board of Governors appointee through 2021
Committee: Audit & Ethics, Finance & Administration, *Student Life & Athletics


Dr. Wiley G. Barrett, a resident of Southern Pines, N.C., was appointed to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Board of Trustees by the UNC Board of Governors in 2012, to fulfill an unexpired term. In 2015, he chaired the Chancellor Search Committee.

Dr. Barrett graduated from UNCP with a bachelor's degree and earned a Master of Arts in education administration from Fayetteville State University. He holds an Education Specialist degree from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a doctorate in education from Campbell University. Dr. Barrett spent over 30 years in the Moore County public schools as a teacher, coach, or principal. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards, including Teacher of the Year, Wachovia Principal of the Year, and the Young Educators Award.

He has devoted his time to many civic organizations, serving on the boards of the Moore County Parks and Recreation, National Alliance on Mental Health, First Tee of Moore County and Moore County Educational Foundation. Dr. Barrett has also served as chairman of the Moore County School Board and president of the Moore County Principals Association. He has spent many years refereeing numerous basketball and football games throughout North Carolina, including nine state championships. In May 2015, he was awarded the Golden Whistle Merit Award in recognition of leadership, service, character and time dedicated to officiating in North Carolina.

Dr. Barrett and his wife, Dianne, enjoy attending shows at Givens Performing Arts Center and cheering on the Braves at various sporting events. In appreciation of the time spent as a student-athlete at UNCP, Dr. Barrett and Dianne established the Wiley and Dianne Barrett Endowed Basketball Scholarship to recognize a member of the men’s or women’s basketball team with a demonstrated commitment to getting an education and improving their future.

Edward Brooks

Edward Brooks
Pembroke, N.C.
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Occupation: Attorney
N.C. General Assembly Appointee through 2023
Committee: *Finance & Administration, Student Life & Athletics


Edward K. Brooks was born and raised in Pembroke, North Carolina, watching his father develop a family-independent pharmacy into a thriving home health agency serving the majority of southeast North Carolina. In high school, he was active in athletics, participated in student government, and was active in his family church.

Brooks served as a United States Congressional Page during his junior year in Washington, DC. Brooks completed his undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his Juris Doctorate at the North Carolina Central University School of Law. Brooks began his career as a trial attorney whose practice is focused on civil litigation in the areas of general tort liability and cases involving sovereignty of Indian tribes. Brooks is admitted to practice in the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina. He was admitted pro hac vice to defend asbestos claims in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He is also admitted to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has briefed and orally argued before the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Brooks was a partner with the law firm of Patterson Dilthey, LLP until April of 2013, at which time, he opened his own law practice. Since opening his practice in Pembroke, Brooks has prioritized providing general counsel to local businesses from start up to assisting with federal contracting regulations.

Brooks also serves as legal counsel to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, of which he is an enrolled tribal member. In representing the Lumbee Tribe, he has provided legal advice related to employment issues, contract drafting and review, adherence to federal law related to provision of low income housing, negotiated with various contractors regarding services rendered prior to and after contract award by the Tribe, and has represented the Tribe during multiple inquiries by various federal agencies. Brooks has prepared witnesses who represented the Lumbee Tribe before the United States Senate Indian Affairs Committee. He has assisted the Lumbee Tribe apply for and comply with the United States Small Business Administration 8(a) program requirements. He is one of a limited number of attorneys in the nation to successfully argue the sovereignty of a State Recognized Indian Tribe in a state court.

Brooks is married to LeeChelle, his wife of 13 years, and has 3 sons, Riley, Drake and Gaige. He is a deacon at Hyde Park Baptist Church in Lumberton, North Carolina. Being tied to the Robeson County community all his life and currently being rooted in the community, he has a vested interest in seeing the business community thrive.

 

Mickey Gregory

Mickey Gregory
Lumberton, N.C.
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Occupation: Fleet Manager - Canal Wood, LLC
Board of Governors Appointee through 2023
Committees: Student Life & Athletics, Finance & Administration


Mickey is a resident of Lumberton, NC, and a graduate of UNC Pembroke with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. She grew up in Red Springs, NC, graduating from Red Springs High School where she was President of the Student Council and a standout All-Conference basketball player. For the last thirty-nine years, she has worked with Canal Wood, LLC in positions of Administrative Manager and Fleet Manager. Mickey also was Executive Director of the Lumberton Visitors Bureau from 2008 to 2015, promoting and marketing Lumberton to travelers, visitors and residents.  While in this position, she organized the first Lumber River Day festival and was instrumental in Lumberton becoming North Carolina’s first Certified Retirement Community. She also led efforts for Lumberton being selected as the film location for the movie “Shake Off the World.”  In 2016, in recognition of her contributions to her community and State, she received the State of North Carolina Cardinal Award. She was also the first recipient of the Robeson County Arts Council’s Proud Peacock Award for her support of the Arts.

A devoted cheerleader for our community, Mickey has served as a member of multiple organizations and boards, including Robeson Community College Foundation, Robeson County United Way, Lumberton Community Relations Committee, Southeastern Health’s Hospitable Neighbors Committee, Lumberton Rotary, Robeson Road Runners, Robeson County Arts Council, Robeson County Museum, and NC Cooperative Extension Joint Advisory Committee. In addition, she served as Chair of the Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce in 2019, organizing an Image Committee to promote only positive news, events and opportunities through the Facebook page “Trending in Robeson.” She currently serves as Vice President of the Rediscover Downtown Lumberton Board and as a member of the Lumberton Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Image Committee.

Mickey remains dedicated to her alma mater and has served on the UNCP Alumni Board and UNCP Foundation Board. She is a true Braves fan and a member of the Braves Club. In 2012, Mickey was named an honorary co-chair of UNC Pembroke’s 125th Anniversary Committee. In 2015, she received the UNC Pembroke Outstanding Alumna Award. 

She is married to her husband Rickey. They have two children and five grandchildren. 

Allison Harrington

Allison Harrington '95
Lumberton, N.C.
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Occupation: Business Owner
N.C. General Assembly Appointee through 2021
Committees: Audit & Ethics, Educational Planning & Personnel, *Public Affairs & Advancement; Foundation Board Representative


Allison Harrington, a graduate of UNC Pembroke, is owner and president of Speech Solutions, Inc., a speech pathology service provider with four offices in southeastern North Carolina. Allison earned her B.S. in elementary education in 1995 and a master’s in education in Communication Disorders from N.C. Central University.

Before opening her business in 2003, Allison taught in the Public Schools of Robeson County for 4 1/2 years. The company has since grown to four locations in southeastern North Carolina – Lumberton, Laurinburg, Shallotte, and Whiteville.

Allison is very active in the community and has served on multiple boards, including the Robeson County Chamber of Commerce, LRDA Policy Committee, Robeson County Committee of 100, and the Lumberton Local Advisory Board of First Bank. In addition, she chaired the NC Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists Board of Examiners in 2017.

Allison remains dedicated to her alma mater, serving on the UNCP Alumni Association’s board of directors, establishing the Allison P. Harrington Endowed Scholarship, being a member of the UNCP Lifetime Giving Society and the Chancellor’s Club, and serving on the vice chancellor for Advancement search committee in 2018. She continues to attend as many charitable and social events for the Black and Gold as her busy schedule allows.

She has been honored with several awards such as the 2015 Small Business Award from the Lumberton Chamber of Commerce, and the UNCP Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2014.

Allison, who is originally from Rowland, N.C., currently resides in Lumberton with her son, Seth, and dog, Pauline. Allison was appointed to the Board in 2018 to fill an unexpired term. 

Alphonzo McRae Jr.

Alphonzo McRae Jr. '74, '85
Proctorville, N.C.
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Occupation: Retired Higher Ed. Administrator
Board of Governors appointee through 2023
Committees: Audit & Ethics, Educational Planning & Personnel, Public Affairs


Alphonzo McRae Jr., a resident of Proctorville, N.C., is a graduate of UNCP with a Bachelor of Science in physical education and a minor in biology. He earned his Master of Counselor Education from East Carolina University while working as a summer coordinator for the Upward Bound Program at UNCP. He then went on to work for over 30 years in various roles within the Public Schools of Robeson County. In 2009, Mr. McRae left PSRC to become vice president for Institutional Services at Robeson Community College - a position he held for more than seven years.

Mr. McRae maintains strong ties to the community through various athletic and civic ventures. He serves on the Southeastern Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees and is an official with the Southeastern Athletic Officials Association. Mr. McRae was inducted into the Pembroke State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981 as a member of the men’s basketball team. In 2012, he was named an honorary co-chair of UNC Pembroke’s 125th Anniversary Committee. In May 2016, he was awarded the Golden Whistle Merit Award in recognition of leadership, service, character and time dedicated to officiating in North Carolina.

Karen L. Sampson

Karen L. Sampson '76 
Houston, Texas
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Occupation: Philanthropist
Board of Governors appointee through 2021
Committees: Executive, Audit & Ethics, Educational Planning & Personnel, Public Affairs & Advancement


Karen Sampson was born and raised in Pembroke and graduated from Pembroke Senior High School. She graduated cum laude from UNCP (Pembroke State University) with a bachelor of science in early childhood education. While at Pembroke State, Karen was active in various student activities, such as the Indianhead Yearbook and marching band.

Karen taught kindergarten at Southside-Ashpole Elementary School in Rowland, N.C., and then first grade at Tanglewood Elementary School in Lumberton, N.C., before moving to East Lansing, Mich. with her husband, Kelvin Sampson (current head men’s basketball coach for the University of Houston). Throughout the years, Karen has devoted her time to numerous community and civic endeavors while supporting her husband’s career. She has worked with academically at risk Native American students in the public schools of Butte, Mont., and chaired the committee for the Washington State Games opening ceremonies, which featured Dan O’Brien (1996 Olympic gold-medalist in men’s decathlon) as the keynote speaker.

In addition, Karen has been involved with several organizations, including P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) for over 25 years, and the Assistance League in Norman, Okla.

At UNC Pembroke, the Sampson family established the John W. (Ned) and Eva B. Sampson Endowed Men's Basketball Scholarship for deserving young basketball players.

Karen resides in Houston, Texas with her husband. They have two adult children, Kellen and Lauren, a daughter-in-law, Tonya, and a granddaughter, Maisy. Karen was appointed in 2018 to fill an unexpired term.

Bobbi Stanley

Bobbi Stanley '88
Cary, N.C.
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Occupation: Dentist
Board of Governors appointee through 2023
Committees: Educational Planning & Personnel, Finance & Administration


Dr. Bobbi Locklear Stanley is a native of the Saddletree community in Lumberton, North Carolina. She is a 1988 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a 1993 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry.

She is the owner and principle dentist of one of the largest comprehensive dental practices in North Carolina. Dr. Stanley is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry as well as a co-founder and senior instructor at Stanley Institute for Comprehensive Dentistry in Cary, North Carolina. Dr. Stanley is accredited in many of the major dental organizations. Dr. Stanley is passionate about dentistry and teaching; however, her greatest passion is giving back to the next generation. This passion shows clearly thru her service of mentoring high school and college students in her office and at the universities over the years.

Stanley and her husband, Dr. Robert Stanley, have four children, Megan, Robert III, Shane and Blake. They reside in Cary.

Ronnie Sutton

Ronnie Sutton
Pembroke, N.C.
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Occupation: Retired Naval Officer, Attorney at Law
N.C. General Assembly appointee through 2024
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Ron Sutton, former state representative and longtime attorney. Sutton brings a distinguished record of service as a former member of the state House of Representatives–a seat he held for 18 years. His extensive and varied experience also includes a 22-year military career in the U.S. Air Force and as a decorated officer in the U.S. Navy, where he rose to the rank of commander.

Sutton served as a Democratic member of the N.C. General Assembly representing District 47, which includes Robeson and Hoke counties, from 1993 to 2011. A dedicated public servant and champion of civil rights, he was a staunch supporter of UNCP as a state legislator, co-sponsoring a bill designating UNCP as North Carolina's Historically American Indian University. He also played a pivotal role in the name change of Pembroke State University to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

A graduate of the University of West Florida, Sutton later earned post graduate degrees from the Naval War College and Central Michigan University. Following his retirement from the Navy, Sutton earned a juris doctorate from the University of North Carolina law school and began his 35-year career in law back home in Robeson County.

Sutton was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2011 and previously served on the UNCP Foundation Board. In 2018, Sutton was appointed by Chancellor Cummings as a founding member of the university’s newly established Board of Visitors.

Sutton, and his wife Geneva have two daughters. All four members of the Sutton family attended UNC Pembroke.

Jesse Thomas

Jesse Thomas 
Durham, N.C.
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Occupation: CEO - Healthy Blue
N.C. General Assembly Appointee through 2023
Committees: Educational Planning & Personnel, Finance & Administration


Jesse Thomas is a native of Clarksdale, Mississippi, he served as health policy advisor for Rick Snyder for Governor of Michigan in 2010 and has served on several boards in Michigan, including the Wayne State University School of Nursing. Mr. Thomas received his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and sciences from the University of Illinois, and graduate studies in management, accounting and psychology.

Thomas has more than 30 years of extensive Medicaid managed care organizations experience. Prior to joining Blue Cross North Carolina, he served as CEO of Trusted Health Plans Inc. in Michigan and CEO of Coordinated Health Mutual Inc. in Ohio. In addition, Thomas has served as executive director of United Healthcare Illinois AmeriChoice; president and CEO of HealthPlans of America, NJ Inc.; president of Total Health Care Inc. in Maryland; and as board president for the Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans in Chicago.

Jesse want to help progress and prosper all who have a will to achieve regardless of background, connections or economic status. He wants to put North Carolina on the pathway to being the healthiest state in the country within a generation, the best state in the country for workforce development by 2030, and also, the best state in the country for equal opportunity by 2030.”

Thomas and his wife live in Cary. They have six children.

Cotrayia Hardison
2020-2021 Student Body President
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Cotrayia Hardison is UNCP’s student body president for 2020-2021. Prior to his current role, Prior to being elected as Student Body President, she served in various roles in Student Government Association

Hardison is a native of Greensboro, N.C where she earned her high school diploma at Eastern Guilford High School in 2017. She is currently working on her Bachelor of Arts in political science at UNCP. Hardison currently serves as the Student Body President for the 2020-2021 academic school year, a LEAD Fellow with the Office for Campus Engagement and Leadership and is an active member of the UNCP chapter of the NAACP. After graduation, she plans to obtain her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration to pursue a career in student affairs. 

During her time in SGA, she has been awarded the 2017-2018 University and Community Relations Committee Member of the Year Award, 2017-2018 Student Government Association Senator of the Year Award, 2018-2019 Student Government Association Executive Team Member of the Year Award, and the 2019-2020 Student Government Association Executive Team Member of the Year Award. In addition, she has received the Silver Scholar award from UNCP for academic achievement. 

Hardison is dedicated to serving and being a voice for the student body. It is her goal to continue to strengthen the relationships between key groups on campus in order to move UNCP forward. She hopes to be an example for those to come after her and to ultimately make UNCP a campus that students can undeniably be proud to call theirs.