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Despite anniversary, turnover rate is high

By Nick Phillips; Noah Clark
Editor; Copy Editor

April 26, 2012

Change is a constant in life. Everything and everyone has to adjust to changes that take place. A university setting is no different.

At the same time UNCP is celebrating its history and 125th anniversary, it is also in the midst of a time of change, with many long-time faculty and staff members retiring or moving on from the University.

Carter's message

In a faculty-wide email message to UNCP faculty and staff on March 23, Chancellor Kyle Carter confronted the situation of impending retirements and departures.

"We are not through with retirements and departures for greener pastures. As you know, UNCP employees haven't had a raise in four years and it is likely to be five," Chancellor Carter said.

"The next couple of years will be a time of leadership change here at UNCP with all the complexities that come with transitions, i.e., new perspectives accompanied by the loss of seasoned leaders," he added.

The chancellor added that faculty and staff could move into different positions inside the University to better themselves financially or look for openings outside of UNCP for the same reasons.

"It will be a challenging time, but if we hire wisely we can build upon the strengths of those we lose. In the short-term, we will experience rough spots along the path to stability and strength," Chancellor Carter said.

In another email dated April 4, Carter discussed plans are already in place for finding replacements in key university positions.

the big three

The retirements of Dr. Diane Jones, vice chancellor for Student Affairs, Neil Hawk, vice chancellor for Business Affairs and Jackie Clark, vice chancellor for Enrollment Management leave three vacancies on Chancellor Carter's executive staff.

The trio takes with them a combined 74 years of institutional knowledge at UNCP, and leaves more gaps in the University's administrative web.

Speaking about the retirements of Hawk, Clark and herself, Dr. Jones said that the knowledge lost is indispensable.

"It will be a big loss to the University. We are losing a lot of history," she said.

Denise Carroll, the director of Business Services, said that "losing three vice chancellors is a lot of institutional knowledge lost. You don't grow that overnight."

Since the 2009-2010 school year, the University has seen many changes, from the top of the ladder all the way through the campus.

Three years ago, Dr. Charles Jenkins was in the midst of his year as Interim Chancellor before Chancellor Carter came to campus for 2010-2011.

Academic Affairs

In three years, the University has seen three different faces have the title of Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Charles Harrington resigned from the position on March 29, 2010, to return to the classroom, citing the timing based on the change in institutional leadership and the incoming chancellor (Carter). Harrington has remained at the University as a professor of management and international business, but, according to the Spartanburg Herald Journal, was selected on April 23 as the University of South Carolina Upstate's next Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and will begin that position on July 1.

Dr. Bill Gash served the University in the role of Acting Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in 2010-2011, and now serves as Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs under Dr. Ken Kitts, who began as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on April 1, 2011.

UNCP has gone without a Vice Chancellor for International Programs during 2011-2012 after Dr. James Callaghan left the University. Sara Brackin serves as the Director.

Dr. Kathleen Hilton left her position as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and Special Projects after the 2010-2011 academic year, with Dr. Elizabeth Normandy taking over on an interim basis before later being named to the positon.

Dr. Elinor Foster, dean of Library Services, is retiring after the academic year following 17 years of leading the Mary Livermore Library.

Dr. Cammie Hunt had served the University as the Acting Dean of the School of Business before Dr. Ramin Maysami took over as the Acting Dean before later being named to the position.

Dr. Mark Canada began this academic year as the Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, taking over the role of Dr. Martin Slann, who left following the 2010-2011 year. Dr. Canada was officially hired as the new Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and began those duties on April 2.

This academic year, Dr. Steven Bourquin has served as the Acting Dean of the Esther G. Maynor Honors College.

It was announced on April 24 that Dr. Mark Milewicz will become the Dean of the Honors College beginning on July 1.

Saundra Richardson-Cox left as Director of the Center for Academic Excellence after 2010-2011, and was replaced by Steven Hunt this year.

Bruce Blackmon left as the Director of Financial Aid in 2010-2011 and was replaced by Janelle Handcox for the 2011-2012 year.

Searches will soon be underway for the Dean of the School of Education and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

Dr. Leah Fiorentino, dean of the School of Edu- cation, is returning to the classroom.


Sandra Waterkotte retired as Vice Chancellor for Advancement after the 2010-2011 school year and Wendy Lowery was recently hired.

James Bass left the position of Director of Alumni Relations in 2010 and the spot was filled by Renee Steele in fall 2011.

Business Affairs

In addition to Neil Hawk leaving the post of Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs after 20 years, Pamela L.A. Barkett left her position as Director of Human Resources following the 2010-2011 academic year and has been replaced by Debbie Burgess.

In 2011 Mike Nance left his position as Director of Food Services and was replaced by Jim Halcombe.

Student Affairs

In addition to Dr. Jones retiring from her position as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Dr. Denisha Sanders left as Director of the Career Center, and Dr. Karen Pruett was recently hired.

Symphony Oxendine left her position as Assistant Director of Student Life at the end of the spring 2011 term and the post was filled by Preston Ramsey for the 2011-2012 school year.

After the 2010-2011 year Chris Blackburn left his post as Director of Greek Life and was replaced by Whitney Swesey.

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