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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

UNCP, Robeson County Commissioners celebrate partnership

The Robeson County Board of Commissioners and The University of North Carolina at Pembroke celebrated their partnership December 12 with the dedication of a meeting room in the Bob Caton Fieldhouse.

Dedicated – From left: Commissioners Tom Taylor, Chairman Noah Woods and Roger Oxendine, Chancellor Meadors, Commissioners Lennis Watts, Raymond Cummings and Jerry Stephens.

Dedicated – From left:  Commissioners Tom Taylor, Chairman Noah Woods and Roger Oxendine, Chancellor Meadors, Commissioners Lennis Watts, Raymond Cummings and Jerry Stephens.

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Com- missioner Roger Oxendine, who is also a member of the UNCP Board of Trustees, said the new Robeson County Board of Com- missioners Team Meeting Room is a symbol of the great working relationship between the county and its University.

“I believe in partnerships like this,” Oxendine said. “When we were starting up COMtech, Chancellor (Allen C.) Meadors and the University were the first to step forward.”

UNCP constructed two facilities at the business park that has been a shot in the arm to commerce in the region.

Chancellor Meadors said it is humbling to have such good friends.

“Football brings a community together,” Chancellor Meadors said. “But we would not be able to do this or to enjoy this extraordinary facility without your support.

“We are thankful for this partnership,” he said.

Athletic Director Dan Kenney agreed.

“There is no question that football has brought this community together, and the dedication of this room makes that point,” Kenney said. “When our team gets together, they do it in this room.”

Football coach Pete Shinnick thanked the commissioners for making a dream become a reality.

“When I came here three years ago, we had a plan about what this facility would look like,” Shinnick said. “Today, it is one of the best facilities in Division II.

“We are very fortunate to have support like this,” he said.

Commission Chair Noah Woods, a UNCP graduate, said he is honored to be a part of UNCP’s football program.

“This is our University, collectively as a county,” Woods said. “With this partnership, we wanted to do something to make a difference in the lives of students here.”

For more information about giving to the University, please contact the Office for Advancement at 910.521.6252 or email advancement@uncp.edu.

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