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June 22, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jenkins to Serve as Chancellor on an Interim Basis of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke
PEMBROKE – Charles R. Jenkins, professor emeritus and retired provost at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, will become chancellor on an interim basis of the institution on July 1. Jenkins, appointed today by UNC President Erskine Bowles, succeeds Allen Meadors, who announced last week that he was stepping down after 10 years in the post to become president of the University of Central Arkansas, his alma mater.
In announcing Jenkins’ appointment, President Bowles said: “During his 38 years of service to UNC Pembroke, Charles Jenkins has distinguished himself as a top-notch academic administrator and teacher. He has unmatched knowledge of UNCP and the surrounding region, and he has earned the trust and respect of his faculty colleagues, the students, the local community, and other key campus constituencies. UNCP will be in very capable hands during the search for a permanent chancellor.”
A native of Rockingham, NC, Jenkins holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from East Carolina University and earned a doctorate in educational administration from Duke University. After joining the UNCP education faculty in 1971, he rose steadily through the administrative ranks, serving as director of admissions, director of student teaching, and academic dean. In 1986, he was named UNCP’s first provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. During his tenure, the campus achieved numerous milestones, including selection as a Teaching Fellows Program site, the establishment of an Honors College, the development of a nursing program, and the launching of 15 master’s degree programs.
Since retiring as provost in 2000, Jenkins has continued to teach in the School of Education and was awarded the title of professor emeritus in 2007. He has previously served on the SACS Commission on Colleges and Schools and is a former president of the NC Association of Academic Officers, a past chair of the Board of Trustees of Scotland Memorial Hospital, and former president of the Pembroke Chamber of Commerce.
The UNCP Board of Trustees will soon form a search committee of trustees, faculty, students, and alumni to help identify a permanent successor to Chancellor Meadors. The Board of Trustees will forward a slate of finalists to President Bowles for consideration. The new chancellor, upon nomination by the President, must be elected by the UNC Board of Governors.
NOTE TO EDITORS: An electronic version of this news release and a photo of Dr. Jenkins can be found on the University of North Carolina website at www.northcarolina.edu.