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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Ericka Jones joins UNCP as Executive in Residence

As the new Executive in Residence for UNC Pembroke’s School of Business, one of Ericka A. Jones’ initiatives will be to help students add important skills to their resumes.

Ericka JonesJones, who worked for four years as an adjunct lecturer in the School of Business, began her new assignment in January. She replaces Nick Arena, who was named executive director of COMtech, a nearby business incubator.

Besides teaching duties in the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business, Jones will promote distance education and plan a series of seminars for business students.

Dr. Christopher Ziemnowicz, chair, said Jones brings many assets to the department.

“Ericka brings experience and leadership to important areas of teaching management,” Dr. Ziemnowicz said. “We also value her involvement and professional relationships with area organizations and community leaders. She will enhance both the research and teaching missions of the School of Business.”

Dr. Cammie Hunt-Oxendine, interim dean of the School of Business, said Jones will focus on students.

“Ericka will help the School of Business create programs that focus on preparing professional students for a diverse work environment,” Dr. Hunt-Oxendine said.  “Employers want graduates who have excellent writing and presentation skills, and her expertise in this area will help us build a professional leadership component into our current program. 

“We are very fortunate to have someone of Ericka’s caliber to work with us in the building stages of this new initiative,” she added.

Jones, who has a broad background in management and leadership of non-profit organizations, is planning a series of seminars for students.

“The purpose of this program is to expose students to some of the practical skills they need as they move into the world of business,” Jones said. “Skills in business communications, presentations and interviewing are important to advance careers.”

Before joining UNCP’s faculty, Jones was director of Robeson Community College’s Foundation.

She has worked in fundraising, management, human relations, planning and budgeting for several national organizations, including the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, National Council on Patient Information and Education, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, all located in Washington, D.C.

Jones is pleased to join UNCP and its School of Business on a full-time basis.

“As a part-time professor, I did not get a close-up view of the School of Business,” Jones said. “I’m glad to be a part of this department and a group of outstanding scholars who I can learn from.”

Jones finds UNCP’s students diverse and “impressive.”

“I have an open door, and I tell my students that if they have questions to come see me,” she said. “I am still surprised by how many do come. The students here are eager to learn.

“I also enjoy the diversity of the student population and the infusion of international students,” Jones continued. “International students bring something different and valuable into the classroom and to our students.”

Jones earned an undergraduate degree in business communications from the University of Maryland, University College and a Master of Science in organizational management from Trinity University in Washington, D.C. She is finishing coursework for a doctorate in educational leadership at Fayetteville State University.

The new executive in residence said UNCP is a good fit for her long range plans.

“Besides earning my doctorate, my longer range plans include teaching, research and a tenure track position,” Jones said. “I’m in a good place at UNCP as I move in a new direction.”

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