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Friday, September 26, 2008

Tim Hancock to lead Peer Support Program at UNCP

Tim Hancock, a 17-year veteran of student academic support services, has joined the Center for Academic Excellence as coordinator for Academic Success at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Tim HancockHancock will coordinate the Peer Study Support Program, which helps students achieve their academic goals by offering individualized and small group tutoring in a wide range of subjects for upper and lower-division courses. The services are free to all UNCP students.

In his new position, Hancock will be responsible for recruiting, training and managing student tutors to boost the performance of freshmen and transfer students in general education courses. Hancock reports to Saundra Richardson-Cox, director of the center.

“I am excited about the addition of Tim Hancock to the Center for Academic Excellence and have full confidence that he will move this program to the next level of success for our students,” Richardson-Cox said.

Hancock comes to UNCP from Brevard Community College in Florida where he worked as workforce coordinator, learning lab coordinator, learning manager and career specialist. He managed a staff of as many as nine on four campuses at one of the nation’s largest community colleges.

“Our goal with the Academic Success program is to boost student success 5-10 percent,” Hancock said. “We are here to support students with tutoring, test taking skills, time management and the acclimation to higher education.”

A career in student support services, including retention and advisement areas, is a rewarding one, he said. In his college days, Hancock said he was a testament to overcoming academic difficulties.

“I ended my first semester in college on academic probation,” he said. “I learned to create study time and use all the resources offered by my university.”

Hancock graduated with honors and admits he “should have paid rent to the university library.

“I was not a gifted student, so I had to study,” Hancock said. “The most difficult task many students face is how to handle the freedom presented by college life.”

Hancock earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. He said the transition to UNCP has been a good one.

“This is a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere,” Hancock said. “Every one I have met has been helpful and the faculty seems to care about students and take an interest in them.”

Hancock started work on August 25.

“There is a lot to learn, but the transition is going well,” he said. “It will be challenging.”

The Center for Academic Excellence provides advisement, peer tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, Freshman Seminar and Early Alert, and Bravewire/Pembroke Parents programs. For more information, please call 910.521.6625 or email

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