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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

COMtech donates to UNCP scholarship fund

The Carolina Commerce and Technology Center, better known as COMtech, has contributed a portion of the proceeds from its first golf tournament to UNC Pembroke’s general scholarship fund.

From left: Ronnie Hunt, COMtech chair, Ken Windley, COMtech executive director and Chancellor Carter

From left: Ronnie Hunt, COMtech chair, Ken Windley, COMtech executive director and Chancellor Carter

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Executive Director Ken Windley and Ronnie Hunt, chair of COMTech’s board of directors, presented a check for $1,000 to Chancellor Kyle R. Carter on May 27. They also gave a check to the Robeson Community College (RCC) Foundation.

Located in Pembroke, N.C., COMtech is a non-profit organization that supports and promotes economic development and job creation in Robeson County. Part of the organization’s mission is educating and training the area’s workforce.

“RCC and UNC Pembroke have been COMtech partners from its founding,” Windley said. “Our first golf tournament was very successful, and the board wanted to do something for the young people enrolled in higher education in our community.”

Chancellor Carter thanked Hunt and Windley for their support. “COMtech is a great success story and a great partner,” he said. “On behalf of our students, I am pleased to accept this gift, and I am looking forward to playing in the tournament next spring.”

Hunt, who retired recently as president and CEO of Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation (LREMC), has been on COMtech’s board since its inception. Windley is the former county manager of Robeson County; the Robeson County Board of Commissioners is a major partner in the economic development project.  

COMtech is the engine driving an 800-acre business and industry park that is home to RCC and UNCP offices, classrooms and research laboratories as well as the university’s Thomas Family Center for Entrepreneurship, the Biotechnology Research and Training Center and the Regional Center for Economic, Community and Professional Development. It has attracted 25 businesses and approximately 1,000 jobs since opening in 2000.

“One of our goals is to attract biotechnology investment to the park,” Windley said. “This summer, we will work with UNCP’s Biotechnology Center on a project that we hope will open the door to investment.”

For information about giving to UNCP, please contact the Office for Advancement at 910.521.6252 or email Information about COMtech may be obtained at

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