UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees

James Jones

James Jones, Chair
Hampstead, N.C.
Occupation: Retired Physician
Board of Governors appointee through 2021
Committees: Executive; BOT of the Endowment Fund

The UNC Board of Governors elected to reappoint Dr. James "Jim" Jones to the Board of Trustees of UNC Pembroke in 2017. As chair, Dr. Jones is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Endowment Board for UNCP. He served on the 2015 Chancellor Search Committee.

After graduating from Pembroke High School, Dr. Jones became the first Native American to enroll and graduate from Wake Forest University and the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He went on to complete internship training at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Following a brief service as a medical officer in the U.S. Navy, he established a private practice in Jacksonville, N.C. Dr. Jones was instrumental in establishing what is now known as the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and founded its department of Family Medicine, for which he served 20 years as chair. He holds professor emeritus status at both the ECU and UNC schools of medicine.

In 1994, Governor James Hunt appointed Dr. Jones the director of the NC Health Planning Commission to reform medical practice in the state. He has been elected to the position of president of both the state and national Academies of Family Physicians. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including an honorary doctorate from UNCP in 1998, the Tar Heel of the Week by the News and Observer, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Gov. Jim Martin, a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Wilmington Business Journal, and the National Indian Physician of the Year Award. In addition, Dr. Jones was honored by Wake Forest University as the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

In 2016, Dr. Jones established the Arthur C. and Dovie L. Jones Endowed Scholarship in American Indian Studies at UNCP. He resides in Hampstead, N.C. with his wife, Dr. Michelle Jones. 

Don Metzger

Don Metzger, Vice Chair
Lumberton, N.C.
Occupation: Retired Business Owner
Board of Governors appointee through 2021
Committees: Executive, *Finance & Administration, Student Life & Athletics, Joint Investment Committee

Don Metzger was reappointed to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Board of Trustees by the UNC Board of Governors in 2017. He is the BOT representative on the UNCP Foundation, Inc. Board, 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.

Alphonzo McRae Jr.

Alphonzo McRae Jr. '74, '85, Secretary
Proctorville, N.C. 
Occupation: Retired Higher Ed. Administrator
Board of Governors appointee through 2019
Committees: Executive, *Educational Planning & Personnel, Finance & Administration

Alphonzo McRae Jr., a resident of Proctorville, N.C., was appointed to the UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees in 2015 by the UNC Board of Governors. In this capacity he also serves on the UNCP Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund and the Joint Investment Committee.

Mr. McRae graduated from 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.

Wiley G. Barrett

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

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, Dr. Barrett 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, currently reside in Southern Pines. They 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.

Robert E. Caton

Robert E. Caton
Lumberton, N.C.
Occupation: Retired Business Executive
Board of Governors appointee through 2019
Committee: Finance & Administration, Student Life & Athletics

Mr. Robert Caton was appointed to the UNCP Board of Trustees in 2011 and reappointed in 2015 by the UNC Board of Governors. Mr. Caton is a 1959 graduate of Florida State University and served as president and CEO of Eagle Distributing Company in Lumberton, N.C. for 30 years. 

He and his wife, Faye, are avid supporters of the university and have given to numerous scholarships and programs including the Art Department, Braves Club, Men's Basketball and the Caton Family Endowed Scholarship. 

Patrick Corso

Patrick Corso
Pinehurst, N.C.
Occupation: Business Owner
Board of Governors appointee through 2019
Committees: Executive, *Audit & Ethics, *Public Affairs & Advancement, Student Life & Athletics

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.

Mary Ann Elliott

Mary Ann Elliott
Arlington, Va.
Occupation: Business Executive
Board of Governors appointee through 2019
Committees: Audit & Ethics, Educational Planning & Personnel, Public Affairs & Advancement; BOT of the Endowment Fund

Mary Ann Elliott, a native of Lumberton, N.C., has established herself as one of the experts in satellite communications supporting the military and intelligence community.

Ms. Elliott began her corporate career as the first female in terrestrial wireless communications with Motorola. In 1991, she founded Arrowhead Global Solutions, Inc. as a small business that grew to see revenues of $11 million in its first decade. The company provides various telecommunication and information technology services throughout the federal government, contracting with the U.S. military, Department of Homeland Security, and the intelligence community.

Prior to founding Arrowhead, Ms. Elliott held management positions with COMSAT International, Contel's American Satellite Division, Talon Technology and Navidyne.

She has been recognized in various publications and received numerous distinctions, including Fortune Magazine (Successful Entrepreneur – June 2001) and People Magazine (Fascinating People – June 2001). In 2009, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from UNCP during the spring commencement. 

Ms. Elliott has established two endowed scholarships at UNC Pembroke: the Mary Ann Elliott Endowed Scholarship to support students majoring in engineering or a telecommunications related field; and, in memory of Elliott’s mother, the Mary McKenzie Edwards Endowed Scholarship to assist students in UNCP’s School of Nursing.

In addition, Ms. Elliott, along with her family, founded The Morningstar Foundation which provides financial support through grants to various children’s, animal welfare, and environmental causes.

Brig. Gen. Allen Jamerson

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

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.

George Little

George Little
Southern Pines, N.C.
Occupation: Business Owner
Governor's appointee through 2019
Committees: Educational Planning & Personnel, Public Affairs & Advancement; BOT of the Endowment Fund

George Little was appointed to the UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees by Governor Pat McCrory in 2016, to fill an unexpired term. In addition to his role with the BOT, Mr. Little is a member of the UNCP Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund and Joint Investment Committee.

Mr. Little is a former secretary of the N.C. Department of Natural and Economic Resources, and was a gubernatorial candidate in 2004. He has worked with various civic, business and nonprofit organizations in Moore County and throughout the state. Mr. Little previously served as president of the N.C. Association of Community College Trustees and currently serves on its executive board. He has served on the board of trustees for Sandhills Community College since 1981, and the last ten years on the board of trustees for Western Carolina University.

His community engagement includes serving on the boards of the Sprint Mid-Atlantic Telecom, N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry, N.C. Free, and Sanford Association of Financial and Insurance Advisors. Mr. Little is also a member of the Sandhills Area Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club of the Sandhills and Southern Pines Elks Lodge. In addition, he is a member of the board of directors for Partners in Progress, the economic development organization for Moore County, and chairman of the Pinehurst Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Mr. Little has received numerous accolades over the years, including the Cornerstone Award from the United Way of Moore County, Outstanding Trustee for the U.S. Southern Region by the Association of Community College Trustees, the I.E. Ready Award from the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges, and an honorary doctor of law degree from Sandhills Community College.

He is president of George W. Little & Associates and a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill. Mr. Little resides in Southern Pines with his wife, Wanda. They have two daughters, one son, and seven grandchildren.

B.F. "Jack" Lowery

B.F. "Jack" Lowery '58 
Lebanon, Tenn. 
Occupation: Attorney
N.C. General Assembly appointee through 2021
Committees: Audit & Ethics, Educational Planning & Personnel, Public Affairs & Advancement

Jack Lowery, born and raised in Pembroke, N.C., received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1958 from UNC Pembroke (Pembroke State College). In 1960, he moved to Lebanon, Tenn. to attend the Cumberland School of Law where he received a Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree. After starting his law practice in Lebanon in 1962, Mr. Lowery became a city prosecutor for Lebanon in 1963 and city judge in 1965. He was then elected to the Tennessee State House of Representatives in 1966. After serving as a state representative, Mr. Lowery was elected mayor of Lebanon in 1974.

Following his stint in public office, he focused his law practice on the areas of federal and state criminal defense, personal injury, construction law, and business law. Mr. Lowery has also served as corporate attorney for Toshiba America, Inc., Tennessee Division.

In 1969, Mr. Lowery, along with 14 partners, invested in the first Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. He served as general counsel for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store for 29 years and was a member of the Executive Board of Directors.

In 1983, along with Don Chambers, Mr. Lowery founded LoJac, Inc., which would eventually grow to become LoJac Holdings Corporation, Inc. He has served as both the chairman and CEO of LoJac from its inception to 2014. Mr. Lowery continues to serve as Chairman of the Board of the LoJac Holding Companies. In addition to these interests, Mr. Lowery presently serves as chairman for a conglomeration of healthcare companies located in Louisiana, Texas and Tennessee, and is an experienced pilot.

Mr. Lowery continues to practice criminal and business law in Lebanon alongside his son, Jack. He credits UNCP and his English professor, Dr. Myrtle Pope, with turning his life around and giving him the foundation to succeed. 

Larry Stone

Larry Stone '77
Lumberton, N.C. 
Occupation: Business Owner
Governor's appointee through 2019
Committees: Educational Planning & Personnel, Finance & Administration

Governor Pat McCrory appointed Larry Stone, a resident of Lumberton, N.C., to the UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees in 2015. In addition, Mr. Stone is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Endowment Board and Joint Investment Committee.

Mr. Stone is owner and president of several business ventures including Pawn Plus, Inc., Tom Stone Farms, Inc. and RMC Holdings, Inc. He is also a licensed real estate broker and insurance agent in North Carolina. Mr. Stone earned a bachelor's degree from UNC Pembroke and a Master of Education from Campbell University. 

James A. Thomas

James A. Thomas 
Los Angeles, Calif.
Occupation: Business Executive
N.C. General Assembly appointee through 2021
Committees: Executive, Finance & Administration, Student Life & Athletics

A Pembroke native, Mr. Thomas attended Baldwin-Wallace College, where he studied economics and played basketball. He received his law degree magna cum laude from the Cleveland State Law School, editing the school’s law review during his tenure.

As co-managing partner of Maguire Thomas Partners and founder of Thomas Properties Group, Inc., he has helped transform the skyline of downtown Los Angeles with properties such as Library Tower, Wells Fargo Center and the Gas Company Tower. Mr. Thomas has served in the Chief Counsel’s Office of the Internal Revenue Service in Seattle and Los Angeles, and was principal owner of the NBA Sacramento Kings from 1992 to 1999.

Mr. Thomas has held numerous board positions to include Board of Governors of the Music Center of Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles Sports Council, Town Hall, and FAST (Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic), an organization he founded. Mr. Thomas received the Alumni Merit Award in 1998 and an honorary doctorate in 1999 from Baldwin-Wallace. He was inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence in 2014.

To honor his parents who were both educators and graduates of UNCP, Mr. Thomas established the Earl A. and Ophelia Thomas Endowed Scholarship. The Thomas Assembly Room located in UNCP’s Museum of the Southeast American Indian is also named in their regard. In 1990, Mr. Thomas received an honorary degree from UNCP.

Mr. Thomas and his wife, Sally, founded the Thomas Family Foundation, which helped to establish the UNCP Thomas Family Center for Entrepreneurship and Thomas Family Endowed Professorship in Entrepreneurship in July 2005. 

Dajer Fernandez

Dajer Fernandez
SGA Representative
Committees: Audit & Ethics, Public Affairs & Advancement, Student Life & Athletics

Born in Florida, raised in the Dominican Republic, and now a resident of North Carolina, Dajer Fernandez currently serves as the Student Body President at UNC Pembroke. Prior to this appointment, he served as vice president and senate president of the student body.

Mr. Fernandez is pursuing a bachelor's degree in political science, with a concentration in international relations, and a minor in religion. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Walter L. Weisberg Memorial Scholarship from the department of political science and public administration.

Mr. Fernandez is actively involved with groups both on and off campus. He has previously worked for UNCP's Office for Diversity and Inclusion, as a residential advisor for the Office of Housing and Residence Life, and recently interned for UNC General Administration as a Marian Drane Graham Scholar. In addition, Mr. Fernandez is a member of the Esther G. Maynor Honors College, Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity, and UNCP's Model United Nations club. He currently serves as director of the Security Council for the 2018 Southern Regional Model United Nations conference in Charlotte.