One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for May 22, 2015.
My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.
Yesterday our campus announced who our next chancellor will be. Everyone is excited about the announcement but it caused me to reflect and give pause to our past. UNC Pembroke has been blessed to have some very talented leaders in our 128 year history. Each Chancellor has left his mark in some unique way. I have been blessed to work for the six previous chancellors and in July will begin work with a seventh.
One Chancellor who left his mark at UNC Pembroke was Allen Meadors. He served as Chancellor from 1999-2009. I am biased but I believe those ten years will go down in our university’s history as one of the best decades of all time. Some of the highlights include the campus student enrollment grew from less than 3,000 to nearly 7,000. Nearly $300 million in capital improvement occurred and an intercollegiate football team was established. Endowed chairs increased from two to seven. An Honor College was established and the campus moved from being primarily a commuter campus to residential campus. An endowed chair in mathematics was established in his honor. Since I was the athletic director during his entire ten-year tenure I have lots of other things I can mention but will say adding football was gigantic for UNC Pembroke.
(l-r) Dan Kenney, Bravehawk, and Allen Meadors-2012 UNCP Football Game
Allen was born in Arkansas and lived there his entire life until he finished college. He graduated from Van Buren Senior High School and was a standout athlete, honor student, class and student government officer. He attended the University of Central Arkansas where he was a class officer and member of football team. He graduated with a Bachelor in Business Administration in 1969.
After college he served in the United States Air Force from May 1969 until October 1973. He was a Captain upon his departure. He left the military and went to work as an Assistant Director with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. It would begin a long career in health and education.
The one of many interesting things about Allen is his passion for continual learning. If you are one of his friends you know the man has an unbelievable curiosity and is constantly on the internet, listening to audio books, or picking the brain of interesting people to learn and grow. I guess it is no surprise when you see the list of degree he has earned.
He obtained a master’s in business from the University of Northern Colorado (1974); a master’s in public administration from the University of Kansas (1975); a master’s in human relations from Webster University (1979); a master’s in health services administration from Webster University (1980) and his Ph.D. in higher education leadership from Southern Illinois University (1981). He also has an associate degree in Computer Science from Saddleback College.
Allen also has a distinction of serving as the CEO (president or chancellor) of all three NCAA Divisions. He was president at Penn State-Altoona-Division III-Chancellor at UNC Pembroke-NCAA Division II and he served as president at his alma mater University of Central Arkansas-NCAA Division I. He also has leadership roles at colleges/higher education in United Arab Emirates and Italy.
Today he lives in Seven Lakes, NC with his wife Barbara. They have two talented and intelligent sons Tyson and Jarrett. Tyson graduated from the Naval Academy in 2008 and Jarrett played football and finished at Elon in 2007. Tyson is still serving in the Navy and Jarrett is a successful financial planner in Charlotte, NC.
(l-r) Allen, Barbara, Tyson, and Jarrett Meadors
While he was at UNC Pembroke he made many friends including his CPA John Masters.
The Friend -ALLEN MEADORS
The Friend of the Friend-JOHN MASTERS
A client for life
When you meet John Masters you are not going to forget him. The man is just not going to blend into the scenery he is full of life and quite frankly if you have a stereotype for a certified public accountant (CPA) I would suggest that you don’t even think about applying it to John. John is a lover of many things. He is an absolute outdoorsman, he has a high regard for scouting, he loves his guns, he is republican, he loves his UT Vols, and he loves his family.
I can only imagine the conversations that Allen; the every curious one, and John; the very gregarious one have while they are going over W-2, 1099, and filling out a 1040 form. The two of them are just very interesting and intelligent.
John is professional CPA and that is why Allen continues to use John’s services. John works at S. Preston Douglas in Lumberton. John joined the firm in 1994 and previously served as partner-in-charge for the Lumberton Office. John has provided over 35 years of service in public accounting, private industry, banking, and higher education. He served on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke for more than twenty years teaching two accounting courses. It was while he was teaching at UNCP that he got to know Allen Meadors.
John is married to a very talented lady named Mary Ann Masters and they like the Meadors have two sons. Harrison and Ross. As a couple when they arrive at a social function I know I am going to have a good time.
Allen Meadors and John Masters are two men that have made my life more interesting.