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Friday, April 29, 2005

Two new trustees announced for UNCP

Roger Oxendine and Donald Bonner were appointed to four-year terms as trustees of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, according to an announcement by Chancellor Allen C. Meadors.

Collins, Jones, Oxendine, Jones, Meares and Meadors

Outgoing trustees – From left Sybil Collins, H. Thomas Jones II, Gervais Oxendine and Venessa Jones with Board of Trustee Chair Carl Meares Jr. and Chancellor Allen C. Meadors.

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They were appointed by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and will take office on July 1. One vacancy remains for North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley to fill.

The UNCP Board of Trustees met on April 28 and recognized outgoing members Sybil Collins of Pembroke, N.C., H. Thomas Jones II of Whiteville, N.C. and Gervais Oxendine of Southern Pines, N.C.

Both Oxendine and Bonner are from Robeson County. A former member of the board, Oxendine is an agri-businessman, and Bonner is a retired educator and former member of the House of Representatives of the North Carolina General Assembly.

Student Government Association President Venessa Jones of Raleigh, N.C., also attended her last meeting. Marco Gospojevic of Charlotte, N.C., was elected SGA president for 2005-06 and will take a board seat on July 1.

Also at his last meeting was Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Roger Brown. He will assume the top job at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga this summer.

In official business, the board adopted a resolution in support of the University’s athletic nickname and logo. In August, the executive committee of the NCAA will consider the “Brave” nickname and American Indian logo following collection of data from UNCP and other universities about the potential offensiveness of Indian symbols to Native Americans.

School of Education Dean Zoe Locklear, a UNCP graduate and a Lumbee Indian, chaired the University’s committee that gathered UNCP’s report and surveyed the campus and larger community.

“I can’t imagine another university having a resolution in support of their athletic logo from an entire tribe,” Dr. Locklear said. “We had an overwhelmingly positive response from all ethnic groups, especially our American Indian community.”

UNCP’s American Indian athletic logo and nickname have received considerable attention from college sports’ governing body over the past few years. ESPN and the national media have taken an interest too.

In other matters, the board also approved a graduation roll for May 7 commencement, including 364 students. U.S. Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina is the speaker at the 10 a.m. ceremony.

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