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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

UNCP’s Office for Advancement adds Alisia Oxendine

Alisia Scott Oxendine joined the Office for Advancement at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke in the newly created position of Collegiate Director of Development.

Alisia OxendineOxendine, who was a special assistant to Congressman Mike McIntyre, will be responsible for resource development for UNCP’s academic departments and programs. She reports to Sandy Waterkotte, vice chancellor for Advancement.

“We are so pleased to be adding a position in Advancement that will have the interaction with deans and department heads as its priority,” Waterkotte said. “Alisia is the perfect person for this position, since she brings a great understanding of the community and our state, as well as an honest affection for UNCP.”

A graduate of Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., Oxendine received a Master of Public Administration degree from UNCP in December 2007. Her work experience includes public relations, marketing, government and media relations and resource development in a variety of settings in health care, education and government.

“This position is a good fit for my skill base and the work I’ve done in the public and private sectors,” Oxendine said. “I am delighted to be joining the University and look forward to being part of the Advancement team.”

Oxendine worked in Congressman McIntyre’s local office where she researched issues critical to the region in rural health care, education, economic development, housing, armed forces and American Indian affairs among others.

As a student intern working with the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs, Oxendine found her calling.

“I worked for Senators John McCain and Daniel Inouye at the time the (Lumbee) Federal Recognition bill was introduced into the Senate,” Oxendine said. “The bill lost by two votes, but the experience planted the idea to return to my own community to work and make a difference where I felt I was needed most.”

Oxendine is a Lumberton, N.C., native. She is married to realtor Brion Oxendine, and they have two children. She said UNCP has played an enormous role in her family.

“My husband and his mother are UNCP graduates and so is my mother,” Oxendine said. “UNCP has played a vital role in our lives just as it plays a vital role in so many ways in this community and region.”

Oxendine also worked six years as a violence prevention specialist for the Public Schools of Robeson County and in public and government relations and business development for Native Angels Homecare and Hospice in Lumberton.

At UNCP, she will work to develop academic programs with faculty, department chairs and deans of the College of Arts and Sciences and Schools of Education and Business.

“We will sit down and evaluate the needs and priorities in collaboration with each department, and I will work to develop relationships with prospective donors to support and to assist them in meeting their goals and expanding their vision,” Oxendine said. “I am looking forward to working with everyone.”

For more information about the Office for Advancement, please call 910.521.6252 or email advancement@uncp.edu.

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