Unveiled in New Campus Gallery
portrait of Chancellor Emeritus Joseph B. Oxendine was unveiled Monday,
Sept. 18 during the Alltel Champagne Gala at The University of North
Carolina at Pembroke.
portrait collection of five former chancellors was debuted in its new
location in the Chancellors Dining Room
of the James B. Chavis University Center.
We felt this is
a more appropriate home for the portraits because every visitor to the
university comes through here, Chancellor
Allen C. Meadors said. This is a truly special
moment to have with us Chancellor (Paul R.) Givens, who served the university
from 1979-89, and Chancellor Oxendine, who served from 1989 to 1999.
welcomed a large crowd to the ceremony honoring Dr. Oxendine that included
Dr. Givens, who traveled from his home in Florida for the evenings
The five portraits
represent all past leaders of the university since 1942, when the school
conferred its first four-year degree. Ralph D. Wellons served as president
from 1942-56, Walter J. Gale from 1956-62 and English E. Jones from
The portraits have
had three homes first, in the rotunda of Sampson Hall; second,
in the Chancellors office in Lumbee Hall
and now in the Chancellors Dining Room.
Oxendine, who continues at UNCP as a professor in the Physical Education
Department, said he enjoyed his time at the helm of the university.
This is a great
institution and getting greater, Dr. Oxendine
said. I enjoyed every bit of the time I
was here, and I continue to be proud to be associated with this university.
Following the Alltel
Champagne Gala, the Broadway and More Series
kicked off at the Paul R. Givens Performing Art Center with Steel
Pier. Upcoming shows include Jekyll
and Hyde on Nov. 21, Swan
Lake on Ice on Dec. 6, Theyre
Playing Our Song on Jan. 31, The Chicago
Brass Quintet on Feb. 6, The Diary of Anne
Frank on Feb. 21, Doc Watson on March 16
and Crazy for You
on May 1.
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