Admissions & Aid

Meet the Admission Staff

Lela Clark

Lela Clark
Director of Admissions

"Having worked at and attended a number of colleges, I've seen first-hand what makes UNC Pembroke special. Our small classes and reasonable tuition allow students to receive a high quality, private school experience at a public school price. I am fortunate to work for an institution that offers opportunity for so many to pursue their dreams. A UNCP education can take you wherever you want to go. All you have to do is join us for the ride."

Clark is responsible for providing the leadership in recruiting and admitting undergraduate new students to the university. Her areas of special responsibility include oversight of support staff operations and recruitment publications coordinator.

Clark is a 2004 graduate of Old Dominion University with a Master's in Higher Education Administration. Lela joined the admissions team in February 2003.


Natalya Freeman LocklearNatalya Freeman Locklear
Senior Associate Director

"History and tradition resound in my thoughts of UNC Pembroke. Beginning at a young age, it was instilled in me to pursue higher education. I know of the success and quality of graduates UNCP produces since my parents and grandparents are alumni. By attending a large university and taking summer courses at UNC Pembroke, I had the best of both worlds. It's amazing to see our slogan 'Where learning gets personal' come alive! You really can receive the personal attention you desire. Your success and dreams are endless here at UNCP. There's a little something for everyone! We look forward to you joining the Braves family!"

Locklear's territory responsibilities include Cumberland County in North Carolina as well as the states of Pennsylvania and the New England region. Her on-campus responsibilities are travel Coordinator and supervisor of recruit staff.

Locklear is a 2003 graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor's in Psychology. She joined the admissions team in September 2003.


Christine BellChristine Bell
Associate Director

"In my opinion college is one of the single most important things you can do for yourself in your lifetime. At UNC Pembroke you really can have it all. You can have small classes tailored to your individual interests on a campus large enough to offer major sporting and cultural events. You will have the opportunity to become a leader on campus and work beside professors on world-class research. You can study abroad or work as an intern with a Fortune 500 company. The opportunities really are endless. At the end of the day it is important to make sure UNC Pembroke is the right fit for you and the best way to do that is visit us for a private visit or open house. I promise you won’t be disappointed. I hope to see you on campus soon as a UNC Pembroke Brave!"

Bell's territory responsibilities in North Carolina include Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Harnett and counties. She is also responsible for the state of Maryland and all International recruitment. She serves as the CACRAO Liaison.

Bell is a 2009 graduate of Coastal Carolina University with a Master's degree in Business Administration. She completed her Bachelor's in Hospitality Management in 2003 at East Carolina University. Bell joined the admissions team in February 2010.


Kristen SharpeKristen Sharpe
Assistant Director

"Growing up in Guilford county, I knew that I wanted to go away for college to a new environment that would help me grow as an individual. After visiting the campus, I knew UNC Pembroke was the school for me. After getting involved on campus, UNCP quickly became my home away from home. College is exactly what you make of it - Ultimately the choice is yours. There are so many ways to get involved in and out of the classroom which will only enhance your experience and give you the foundation you need to be successful. Good luck as you begin this new journey for yourself. I invite you to visit our campus so you can see firsthand all the opportunities UNCP can offer you. If I can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to let me know."

Sharpe's territory responsibilities in North Carolina are the counties of Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes, and Yadkin as well as the state of New Jersey. She is also the Student Ambassador Co-Advisor.

Sharpe is a 2008 graduate of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a Bachelor's in Sociology. She joined the admissions team in September 2008.


Tony LewisTony Lewis
Assistant Director-Transfer Coordinator

"As a Native of Robeson County, the rich traditions and history of UNC Pembroke have always been a distinguishable quality and point of pride.  Growing up, I recall many stories told to me by my parents of how UNC Pembroke has been a beacon of hope to so many throughout the region and state. For me, attending UNC Pembroke was an obvious choice. It is more than just an educational institution; it is a place where every student has an identity and can excel because of the remarkable care the faculty and staff take to ensure their success and growth. As an alumnus, I can attest to how my life has been transformed through the education received at UNC Pembroke.  I encourage you to visit campus and discover the opportunities that await you. GO BRAVES!!"

Lewis' territory responsibilities include a special emphasis on transfer students. His on-campus responsibilities include transfer recruitment events.

Lewis is a 2011 graduate of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a Bachelor's in Mass Communication. He joined the admissions team in June 2011.


Adam HardinAdam Hardin
Assistant Director

"Growing up in Robeson County, I developed a strong sense of pride for UNC Pembroke. With an open-mind, I toured several college campuses during my high school tenure to explore not only what other institutions had to offer, but how they fit me as an individual student. It became pretty evident that none could compare to UNC Pembroke and the personal attention the professors apply to every single student. I made the decision to attend UNC Pembroke and it truly was an outstanding college choice. Our faculty literally go the extra mile to ensure not only your success but growth as an individual scholar through personal teaching. We can help you attain all of your goals in life, you just have to give us the opportunity! I invite you to visit our campus and see for yourself why we are the best kept secret in the southeast. GO BRAVES!!!"

Hardin's territory responsibilities in North Carolina include Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Hyde, Jones, Martin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Perquimans, Sampson, Tyrell, and Washington counties and the state of Virginia. He serves as the athletic liaison.

Hardin is a 2006 graduate of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a Bachelor's in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration. He joined the admissions team in September 2007. 

Ashley PryerAshley Pryer
Assistant Director

"Deciding where to go to College can be a very stressful process. But when I first learned about UNC Pembroke, they took the time to help me and handed me tons of important information, fast! As my freshman year progressed, I made many new friends, learned so much and realized UNCP really had become my second home. UNC Pembroke offers students so many wonderful opportunities to take advantage of. The small classes that UNC Pembroke offers lets students connect with their professors easily and they know you as your own name, not as number in a class. UNC Pembroke truly turns young individuals into today’s bright leaders. Throughout my four years here and now as an alumni, I have experienced the UNC Pembroke personal touch and I welcome you to do the same!"

Pryer's territory responsibilities include the North Carolina counties of Ashe, Avery, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Iredell, Lincoln, Madison, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanley, Swain, Union, Watauga, and Yancey. She is also responsible for the state of New York. She is the Student Telecounseling Co-Advisor.

She is a 2011 graduate from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a Bachelor's in Mass Communication. She joined the admissions team in May 2011. 

Larry Johnson
Assistant Director

 “Deciding where to attend College is the most important decision any high school student will make. At UNC Pembroke you will become part of a family-based community. UNC Pembroke is rich in history and tradition. With small class sizes you really are able to receive personalized attention. UNC Pembroke has all of the necessary resources here on campus for students to succeed.  Here at UNC Pembroke you have the opportunity to be among the BRAVE and study abroad and intern with top notch companies.  Your opportunities are endless. The University is highly committed to student success and you will not go unnoticed. It is always important to make sure the University is a fit for you. Be sure to visit our campus and attend open house events. I can promise you that you will be amazed and satisfied with what we have to offer. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you and if you ever have a question please feel free to contact our office.  Remember, ‘Going to UNCP isn’t for EVERYONE. It’s for the BRAVE.’ We look forward to having you join the BRAVES family!”

Johnson's territory responsibilities in North Carolina are the counties of Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Gates, Granville, Halifax, Hertford, Lenoir, Nash, Northhampton, Orange, Pitt, Vance, Wake, Warren and Wilson as well as the state of South Carolina. He is the Telecounseling Co-Advisor. 

Jamee Hunt Freeman
Assistant Director

“ONE Team for Student Success” is the driving force behind the positive outcomes that UNCP extends to our students.  At UNCP it is easy to get involved, and not to just be involved, but to be a leader and innovator.  I was awarded opportunities that I would not have received at other institutions, all because of the personal attention I was given from faculty and staff.  I will never forget attending my first Native American Student Organization Pow-Wow on campus, and the welcome reception I garnered from other American Indian students just like me.  It solidified UNCP as my home. The moment I was crowned Miss UNCP and went on to represent UNCP at the Miss North Carolina Pageant was so rewarding. I received 1st Runner Up to Miss North Carolina. The excitement was pivotal! Another special time included opening the mail to find a personal handwritten note from the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs congratulating me on my academic merit. At the end of the day, I am thankful UNCP chose me to be a student and gave me the tools to flourish as a productive citizen. I am more thankful that I'm now employed with UNCP and can assist students with experiencing the "Pembroke personal touch." I encourage you to be BRAVE, and get to know and visit this campus, even if it is in your backyard neighborhood.  Your successful future is only “One Team” away!  

Freeman's territory responsibilities include the North Carolina counties of Anson, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Columbus, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, McDowell, Polk, Richmond, Robeson, Rutherford, Scotland and Transylvania as well as all other states not represented by recruiters. There is a special emphasis on American Indian recruitment. She is also the Student Ambassador Co-Advisor.


Wendy Wong

Assistant Director- Transcript Evaluator



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