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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Chancellor Allen C. Meadors to retire from UNCP

In an emergency meeting on June 16, the Board of Trustees acted quickly to begin the search to replace Dr. Allen C. Meadors, who will leave after 10 years as the top leader of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Allen C. MeadorsDr. Meadors said he will take the helm of the University of Central Arkansas within two weeks. Central Arkansas is his alma mater, and Dr. Meadors is a native of that state.

UNC President Erskine Bowles will name an interim, Board Chair Dr. Breeden Blackwell said. The search process for a replacement will commence in early July with the election of new board leadership, the trustees agreed.

“I have discussed with President Bowles the formation of a search committee,” Dr. Blackwell said. “I will keep you up to date on every step of the process.”

The board will meet in July to elect new board officers and commence a search to replace Dr. Meadors.

Chancellor Meadors discussed his retirement with President Bowles on June 17. It will become official on June 30.

The emergency meeting of the Board of Trustees was attended by incoming trustees: Dr. Robin Cummings of Pinehurst, Donna Lowry of Pembroke, Thomas Nance of Whiteville, Arjay Quizon Jr., Student Government Association (SGA) president, and Lorna Ricotta of Fayetteville. 

Attending outgoing board members included: Marion Bass of Charlotte, Donald Bonner of Rowland, Sybil Bullard of Pembroke, Milton Hunt of Pembroke, Roger Oxendine of Rowland, and SGA President Hannah Simpson.

Roger Oxendine, who was board chair and chair of the search committee when Chancellor Meadors was hired, offered words of praise for UNCP’s departing leader.

“I am so proud of the accomplishments here over the last 10 years,” Oxendine said. “We can look back today and see what a tremendous feat it was.”

Oxendine said Dr. Meadors preserved the University’s heritage, grew enrollment and brought football back.

Dr. Blackwell said Dr. Meadors’ accomplishments are “too numerous to mention.”

“His leadership has been phenomenal,” the board chair said. “I am proud of his legacy of accomplishments.”

Chancellor Meadors said his home state called him, and “I’m honored to have the opportunity to go back to my alma mater.

“I feel very good about what we’ve accomplished at UNCP,” he said. “I only hope I can feel as good about my time at Central Arkansas as I have about my time in Pembroke.

“There is a wonderful group of people here,” he said. “Two weeks from tomorrow I’ll be sitting at another desk at another university.”

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