UNCP Hires Two
in the Office of the Chancellor
Some talented new
faces will surround UNC Pembroke's Chancellor Allen C. Meadors in the
A full-time university
attorney and a new special assistant have been added to the Office
of the Chancellor.
native Donna Gooden Payne has been hired as the general legal counsel
for the university.
Angela P. Weston,
a 1995 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., will
serve as special assistant to the chancellor. She replaces Beth Carmical,
who has been appointed director of International Student Life and the
new Multicultural Center.
A Morehead Scholar
and graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, Ms. Payne has
been in private practice since 1996 with Hester, Grady, Hester &
Payne in Elizabethtown. As a student, she performed an internship with
the Supreme Court of Texas and later practiced with a law firm in Austin,
C. Meadors said a full-time attorney on staff is a welcome addition.
volume and complexity of the legal affairs at a growing university,
we are very pleased to have Donna Payne join our staff," Chancellor
Meadors said. "She is an outstanding individual who has strong
ties to our region and who brings a solid background in education law
to UNC Pembroke."
Weston, a Maine native, left the military in 2000 at the rank of captain.
She served in the Army as a military intelligence officer and held the
positions of training officer, information manager and executive officer
among other duties.
Ms. Weston will
be responsible for the managerial and administrative functions of the
Office of the Chancellor. Additionally, she will direct the office staff,
serve as assistant secretary to the Board of Trustees and serve on various
internal and external committees.
said Ms. Weston's training and organizational skills would be an asset
to the university.
already made a positive impact on the operations of the office,"
Dr. Meadors said. "We expect a great deal from this talented individual."
With Hester, Grady,
Hester & Payne, Ms. Payne participated in general practice of law
and served as general counsel to the Bladen County Board of Education
and to Bladen Community College, handling legal matters concerning contracts,
employment, construction, real estate and civil litigation.
Ms. Payne explained
that her enthusiasm about representing UNC Pembroke stems, in part,
from her appreciation of the opportunities the university offers to
students in the region.
"Just as one
example," she said, "my mother received her undergraduate
degree in education from UNCP, which lead to her career as a school
guidance counselor. She received an excellent education at the university,
and I know her life was genuinely improved because of the experience."
"My work as
general counsel will be challenging, but also extremely interesting,"
Ms. Payne said. "I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work
with Chancellor Meadors and the outstanding group of administrators,
faculty and staff he has assembled at the university. It's gratifying
to be part of an institution that is and will continue to be an important
engine for positive change in Southeastern North Carolina."
Ms. Payne is a 1987
graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was
a John Motley Morehead Scholar and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with highest
honors. She is a member of the Morehead Scholar Regional Selection Committee.
she studied international economics at Maquarie University in Sydney,
Australia, as a Rotary International Scholar.
She is the daughter
of the late Stewart and Joyce Gooden of Elizabethtown and a graduate
of East Bladen High School. Ms. Payne is married to Mark Payne, a private
A fellow of the
Institute of Political Leadership at UNC Wilmington, Ms. Payne is president
of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce and was named Member
of the Year for 2000-2001.
She is also a member
of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club and an Executive Committee member of
the Cape Fear Region, Boy Scouts or America.
Ms. Weston graduated
in the top 25 percent of her class at West Point with a Bachelor of
Science degree in management. While serving her country, she led a 20-man
detachment from Ft. Bragg to Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Endeavor.
Ms. Weston also
earned her Master's of Business Administration from the University of
Phoenix in 2000.
Ms. Weston said
she is excited by her new responsibilities at a growing university.
"I am happy
to be a part of the UNCP team and look forward to contributing to the
growth of the university," she said. " There are several programs
and projects we are currently working on that will benefit the student
body and the community."
Ms. Weston is married
to Captain Jeff Weston, a Special Forces officer currently attending
language school at Ft. Bragg. They have one daughter, Sierra.
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