Gene Brayboy retires October 15 after leading grants office for 11 years
Gene Brayboy, director of the Center for Sponsored Research and Programs, retired October 15.
“I believe in my heart that it will take a man or woman with a lot of energy to keep this office moving in the right direction,” said Brayboy. “It’s time for me to step aside.”
For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, Brayboy’s office helped the University take in $9.2 million in grants. Grant receipts and grant applications have steadily increased since 1992, when Brayboy arrived and the University took in $485,000.
“This is a faculty-driven enterprise, and I’ve had a great staff and a lot of support from the top,” Brayboy said.
As a regional university, Brayboy said UNCP and its grants office must look to assist its region in a variety of ways.
“We are a community-based organization, and in that role, we brought in $2.3 million in outreach grants last year for economic development, youth and health-related programs of all types,” he said. “I’d say that is remarkable for a higher education institution like ours.”
He grew up on a farm in the Philadelphus community near Pembroke. Brayboy joined the Navy’s U.S. Public Health Service after earning a Master’s of Public Health degree from UNC Chapel Hill.
A member of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators, he was just elected to its Board of Directors. He also plans to do consulting work and to write his memoirs.
“We will miss him,” said Assistant Director Lynda Parlett. “We would not be where we are with out him, and he has handed us a blueprint for the future of this office.”
Earl Cummings is Employee of the Quarter
Friends of Earl Cummings at Jones Athletic Center surprised him October 1 with a reception honoring him as Employee of the Quarter. At least seven family members attended the reception, where Chancellor Meadors delivered a plaque and an award letter.
Cummings has worked 30 years as Athletic Equipment Manager. He said he has no plans to retire.
“As the days went by, everything changed, and there was always more work to do,” Cummings said.
Dr. Tommy Thompson (Chair of Health, PE and Recreation) said Cummings would be hard to replace.
“If he ever retires, it will take three people to replace him,” Thompson said. “We’re not going to let him retire.”
Cummings will get a reserved parking space and a package of other gifts.
Staff Council seeking nominations for Nov. 4 election
With Staff Council elections slated for November 4, nominations of candidates are being taken. Deadline for nominations is October 15.
“Serving on the Staff Council is a rewarding way to serve your fellow staff members in a positive way,” said Election Committee Chair Von Breeden. “If you enjoy being of service to others, this would be a great opportunity for you.”
There are three seats open in Business Affairs (one from Physical Plant), two openings in Academic Affairs, one in Student Affairs and one in the Chancellor’s Division.
Nominations may be made to any Election Committee member in person, by campus mail or via email: Emily Love (UCIS), Mike Oxendine (UCIS), Teresa Bryant (Human Resources), Tony Chavis (UCIS) or Von Breeden (Finance).
The election will be held Tuesday, November 4 with the polling place at the University Center Information Booth. The poll will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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