Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings borrowed a Mark Twain quote as he summed up his installation speech at the Givens Performing Arts Center on April 8.
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why,” Dr. Cummings said.
“I have discovered my why, and I am honored and humbled to be on this journey at this time in the life of this great university, as together we change lives through education,” said Cummings, drawing a standing ovation from the more than 1,000 people in attendance.
UNC Pembroke faculty, staff and students were joined by community members, state leaders and friends to witness the historic ceremony. UNC System President Margaret Spellings presided over the ceremony. Other distinguished platform guests included U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, N.C. Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby, Louis Bissette, chairman of the UNC Board of Governors, and the Rev. Bob Mangum.