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 June 6, 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.
On Thursday night at Adeilo’s Restaurant in Lumberton, NC our community gathered to celebrate a leader who has done a remarkable job as Superintendent of the Public Schools of Robeson County. Dr. Johnny Hunt last day on the job will be June 30, 2015 after serving in that capacity for nine years. He has had a tenure of trials and accomplishments In a school district of over 22,000 students.
Johnny attended Pembroke Senior High School and then went off to college at UNC Pembroke. He received his first degree from UNCP in 1977. In 1982, he returned to his alma mater to acquire a mathematics and physical education certification. Johnny returned to UNCP in 1985 completing his Master of Education Administration. While he was an undergraduate student at UNCP he was also a member of the baseball team.
Today he still is active in sports by playing golf when he gets a chance often with neighbor Jonathan Blue. He attended Pembroke Senior High School with some pretty special individuals including Kelvin Sampson the head coach at the University of Houston, Dr. Robin Cummings the Chancellor Elect at UNC Pembroke, Dr. Zoe Locklear the Interim Provost at UNCP, and area Veterinarian Dr. Curt Locklear. That was a pretty impressive high school class of leaders and Dr. Hunt has served our county well.
In all, Johnny spent more than 30 years in education, beginning as a teacher at Southside Ashpole and Union Elementary. From 1988 to 1998, he served as a principal at Rex-Rennert, Union Elementary and Prospect schools. He was the assistant superintendent for Human Resources for Robeson County schools from 1998 to 2003 before returning to the position of principal at Prospect. Hunt was named superintendent in 2006.
Johnny has also served the county and community in a number of other different categories including a 18 year stint as a member of Robeson County Board of Commissioners, with twelve of those years being elected chairman. He was a member of the Robeson County Library Board for 15 years, and served on the COMtech’s board of directors for four years. Johnny has been recognized by his alma mater UNC Pembroke for his outstanding work as an alumnus and in 2011 he received the Outstanding Alumnus Award. Other awards include Principal of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Distinguished Service in Indian Education, and Outstanding Service Educator Award.
Of all the awards that Johnny has received none of them replace the pride he gets in being around or bragging on his family including his wife Demetrius and his daughter Morgan.
(l-r) Johnny, Morgan, and Demetrius Hunt
There is nothing like the relationship that a father and daughter have. Johnny and Morgan have a special one. Morgan recently got married to David Jones whose grandfather Dr. English Jones was a former chancellor at UNC Pembroke. Morgan mother-in-law is the former Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Diane Jones.
(l-r) Morgan and David Jones on their wedding day
Johnny is excited about Morgan making him a grandfather for the first time later this summer.
The Friend-JOHNNY HUN
The Friend of the Friend-MORGAN HUNT JONES
Daddy’s Special Girl
Morgan Hunt Jones, is a 2006 UNC Pembroke graduate just like her dad. In 2013 she was named UNC Pembroke’s Alumni Director in the Office of Advancement. In this role she is responsible for programming for UNCP’s 24,000 alumni. Her dad was responsible for the programming of over 22,000 students during his 9 years at the Public School of Robeson County.
Morgan like her dad received a Master’s Degree from UNCP. She earned her Master of Public Administration degree from UNCP in December 2013. Morgan like her dad has been involved in a number of volunteer and non-profit causes.
As a health educator she has worked to raise awareness against smoking cessation and diabetes.
Morgan is a former winner of the Miss UNCP Scholarship Pageant in 2005 and the Miss Lumbee Pageant in 2004. In 2012, she and her dance partner led all fundraisers in the Robeson County United Way’s Dancing with the Stars, which raised funds for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, a children’s literacy project. Morgan has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Robeson County and the Rape Crisis Center. She also served as council member of the Boys and Girls Club of the Lumbee Tribe.
I love when I can talk with either Morgan or Johnny about the each other. I often interact with Morgan on campus for a variety of projects and when I ask about her dad she still talks about him in such an appreciative and loving manner.
When I speak to Johnny at a UNCP athletic event or a social event in the community about Morgan there is no denying the daddy pride he has for Morgan.
When Morgan becomes a mom and Johnny becomes a grandfather my money is on that new child having two special influences in its life.
The Hunt’s are a family that makes living in our community special. Daddy’s special girl is going to be a special mom.