School of Business

UNCP experience inspires Harrison Pegram to serve others

Harrison Pegram

PEMBROKE, N.C. – Harrison Pegram has always been business minded.

At 14, he was selling refurbished golf balls on eBay. His weekends were spent bargain hunting at flea markets and yard sales. Anything to turn a profit.

By the time he graduated high school, the number of eBay transactions swelled to 2,600. A pretty lucrative gig that allowed the budding entrepreneur to save enough money to buy a car.

UNC Pembroke receives $7 million for School of Business

Jim and Sally Thomas

The largest gift in the history of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will propel the university closer to breaking ground on a state-of-the-art facility to house its School of Business.

A landmark $7 million gift from UNCP Board of Trustee member Jim Thomas and his wife, Sally, will transform the campus and have a lasting impact on generations of executives and entrepreneurs.

Sally Thomas has simultaneously gifted $110,000 to the university’s CARE Resource Center—an on-campus resource for students in need of food, clothing and housing assistance.

UNCP Trustee Don Metzger and wife, Linda, contribute $150K to UNCP’s School of Business

Don and Linda Metzger

The future multi-million dollar home of the School of Business at UNC Pembroke is part of the university’s vision to serve as an economic engine for southeast North Carolina.

UNCP trustee Don Metzger and his wife, Linda, share that vision.

One they say will play a major role in the economic transformation of our county and the region.

The Metzgers are contributing $150,000 to the School of Business. As part of the gift agreement, an administrative suite in the future building will be named in the Lumberton couple’s honor.

UNCP School of Business earns AACSB re-accreditation

UNCP School of Business is AACSB accredited

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke has been granted extension of accreditation of its undergraduate and graduate business programs.

According to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), UNCP’s School of Business was among 40 business schools that met the criteria for re-accreditation.

“AACSB congratulates each institution on their achievement,” said Stephanie Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB.

UNCP Trustee Mary Ann Elliott donates $500,000 to School of Business

UNCP Trustee Mary Ann Elliott

UNCP Trustee Mary Ann Elliott is an internationally renowned satellite communications entrepreneur. 

As one of the nation’s top female satellite communications executives, Elliott understands that a qualified workforce is needed to grow the economy of southeastern North Carolina. That was among the factors motivating the donation of $500,000 toward the new multi-million-dollar facility to house the School of Business at UNCP. A career center in the new facility will be named The Mary Ann Elliott Business Career Center in her honor.

Mel and Teresa Gardner commit $1 million to establish UNCP accounting professorship


UNCP alumnus, Mel Gardner made an important observation during his first weeks in the U.S. Marine Corps, fresh out of high school. “I noticed the officers seemed to live a whole lot better than I did. They lived better and dressed better.” When he asked a lieutenant the requirements for becoming an officer, the answer would change the course of Gardner’s life. “He said, ‘the only difference between you and me is a college degree.’ Right then, I decided I was going to get one.”

School of Business awarded $1.89 million grant from Golden LEAF Foundation


Fundraising efforts to build a new state-of-the-art School of Business at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke just got a shot in the arm.

UNC Pembroke has been awarded a $1,892,900 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to provide classroom technology for the future School of Business.

UNCP will be required to match the grant, bringing the award total to $3.78 million.

Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings said the grant shows a significant investment in the future of our state.

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