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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Director of Academic Resources named at UNCP

Billie Hunt has been named Director of Academic Resources for the Office of Academic Affairs at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Billie HuntIn her new position, Hunt will assist in the planning and management of academic budgets. She will work closely with the offices of Budgeting and Planning, Human Resources and Institutional Research.

Hunt, a UNCP employee since 1999, began her new assignment on January 9. It is a newly created position that reports to Dr. Charles Harrington, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.

“This is an incredibly important position for Academic Affairs and for the University,” Dr. Harrington said. “The director of academic resources will play a central and vital role in helping us develop and implement a new strategic budget planning and management system. The director will also provide guidance to our deans and department chairpersons in streamlining our academic search processes.”

“I am delighted that Ms. Hunt has agreed to join the provost’s office staff,” he said. “Her academic preparation, experience, and professionalism make her the ideal fit for this position. I am expecting great things from her, and I am certain that she’ll deliver.”

Hunt is a December 2005 graduate of UNCP’s Master of Public Administration program and a 1990 graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management. She was administrative secretary for the Department of American Indian Studies (AIS) and the Teaching and Learning Center.

“Working with the Teaching and Learning Center and American Indian Studies was an invaluable experience because it gave me the opportunity to develop relationships with faculty across campus,” Hunt said. “I am excited about taking the next step in my career and continuing to serve the University.”

Hunt worked for BB&T and Lumbee Bank in customer service areas before joining the University. At UNCP, she is a member of the advisory committees for the Master of Public Administration program and the State Employees Combined Campaign.

A member of the Pi Alpha Alpha honor society for public administrators, Hunt will present her master’s thesis, “The Impact of Tribal Gaming in Rural Communities,” at the upcoming Southeastern Indian Studies Conference. She will also chair a panel on the subject.

AIS Department Chair Linda Oxendine offered congratulations.

“Billie has worked very hard to accomplish her goals and will do a wonderful job,” Dr. Oxendine said. “I am so proud of her.”

From the Rowland, N.C., area, Hunt graduated from West Robeson High School.

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