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Businessman, mayor join UNCP Board of Trustees

By Abbigail Overfelt
Assistant Web Editor

Two new members of UNCP’s Board of Trustees have strong ties to the university.  One is an alumnus and one is a former faculty member.

Businessman inducted
Alan W. Thompson was sworn in as a member of the UNCP’s Board of Trustees on Aug. 30.

Thompson was recommended to the position by a mutual friend of N.C. Governor Mike Easley.

He then applied for the position and was appointed by Easley.

According to the Governor’s website, Easley has the power to appoint Board of Trustee positions to almost any university in the state. Businessman, mayor join UNCP Board of Trustees
Thompson plans to use his skills to increase funds for the university and bring in more students.

“I hope to use my business skills and contacts to make good business deals for the university,” he said.

Thompson explained that by making good business decisions, more money will be brought into the university which will in turn attract more students.

Thompson graduated from UNCP in 1985, where he majored in accounting and was in the ROTC.

Thompson also served as a member of the UNCP Foundation Inc. Board from 2001-2007.

“One of the big things Pembroke did for me was allow me to get a college degree when I couldn’t go anywhere else. Serving as a Board of Trustee member is a good opportunity for me to give back,” Thompson said.

Thompson served in the U.S. Army reserves for 12 years and graduated from Army Airborne School and Officer’s Training, and is now a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve. He is also member of the N.C. Association of CPA’s, the American Institute of CPA’s,
Medical Group Management Association and the Healthcare Billing and Management Association. He serves as a member of the board of directors of the N.C. Forestry Museum, and the executive board of the Cape Fear Area Council of Boy Scouts.

Mayor joins
Lumberton Mayor Raymond B. Pennington was sworn in as a Board of Trustee member on Oct. 4 by a notary public, and will undergo an official induction ceremony at UNCP in November. He is to replace Carl Meares Jr., who resigned March 15.

Pennington was nominated for a board position to Governor Easley by Grady Hunt, a Pembroke attorney whom he served with on a Democratic campaign.

Pennington taught at UNCP for 40 years, 15 of which he served as athletic director. He believes that this will bring experience to the board.

“I have invested interest in UNCP,” he said. “I know how far we’ve come, and what the future holds for us.”

Pennington said that it is an exciting time for the university because of booming enrollment and the addition of football.

Because of this and his history with the university, Pennington calls his new appointment “an honor.”

Board of Trustees
There are 13 members of the Board of Trustees at UNCP, according to University Counsel and Chief of Staff Donna Gooden Payne.

One of these members is the SGA president, currently Dwight Humphrey, who becomes a member automatically. The rest are either appointed by the N.C. Governor or the UNCP Board of Governors.

The Board has the power to approve real estate transactions, set salaries for senior administrative positions, hear some appeals from students and faculty and grant tenure and promotions.

The Board works closely with the Chancellor to approve new rules and regulations.

Board members hold positions without compensation except for a small per diem of $15 a day on occasions when they are on campus, and travel reimbursement based on state rates.

Payne said that there are several reasons why someone would want to join the Board.

“It is an opportunity to serve the people of North Carolina, to help guide an institution that provides a wonderful public service in offering education to citizens and it is an honor,” she said.

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