Center Gets a New Director; Buys Land for New Headquarters
Sylvia H. Pate has
been named director of the UNC Pembrokes Regional Center for Economic,
Community and Professional Development.
was made June 18 just as news of the UNC Board of Governors approval
of the purchase of land for a new Regional Center headquarters was announced.
The university will
purchase 12 acres to construct offices, computer labs and conference
space at the COMtech high tech and commerce park, located between Lumberton
and Pembroke. It will be the first time UNCP has constructed a building
Ms. Pate comes to
UNCP with over 20 years of experience in workforce development. For
the last 13 years, she was a senior administrator at the Lumber River
Council of Governments supervising 40 employees in a $9 million regional
workforce development program in four counties in the
The Regional Center
is a part of UNCPs outreach. It conducts management training and
certification programs and administers community development and healthcare
grants. It is also home to the Small Business and Technology Development
Center, which assists small business
Ms. Pate reports
to Associate Provost for Outreach Richard Bothel.
We are pleased
to have someone of Sylvia Pates experience and expertise as our
new Regional Center director, Dr. Bothel said. Im
excited about the future of the Centers service to the community
under her leadership.
Ms. Pate said her
role is to take the Regional Center to a new level, beginning with the
construction of a new headquarters.
I think there
is potential for many new and creative ideas at the Regional Center,
Ms. Pate said. We will be looking at many new outreach opportunities
in distance learning, certificate programs and management training programs.
The news about UNCPs
Regional Center joining the new technology and commerce park was welcomed
by COMtech Chief Executive Officer Tony Normand.
This is a visible symbol of the universitys outreach into the
community, Mr. Normand said. Partnerships like this will
be the fuel of COMtechs success.
is a great addition to the Regional Center, he said. She
is a seasoned veteran with a track record of getting things done.
A Myrtle Beach native,
Ms. Pate also worked for Isothermal Community College in Spindale, N.C.
in employment programs, human resources, planning and development programs.
earned her Bachelors of Science in Occupational Education from Western
Carolina University and a Master of Science in Public Management from
UNCP in 1999.
She is a board
member of the N.C. Workforce Development Training and a former officer
of the North Carolina Workforce Development Directors Council. She is
a former N.C. representative of the Board of the National Association
of Workforce Development Professionals, and she
continues to serve as a member of the association.
Ms. Pate is past
chairman of Robeson County Partnership for children. She is a member
of the Southeastern Employment and Training Association and the North
Carolina Employment and Training Association. She is also a board member
of the Robeson County Welfare Reform Task
Ms. Pate is married
to George Scott Pate, and they have one daughter, Lisa Mitchell Belcher.
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