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 July 10, 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.
People sometimes do not realize that a university depending on its size can be very similar to a small town or very good size city. A university has to provide many of the services that a municipality offers including utilities, sanitation, infrastructure, maintenance, parking, safety, and many more services. That responsibility usually falls on the shoulders of the Chief Financial Officer on a college campus. At UNC Pembroke we had two men perform the role of Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs from 1963 to 2012. The first man was Bill Mason who I wrote about on January 4, 2015 and a link to that story is found below:
Bill Mason was the Vice Chancellor from 1963 to 1992. In 1992 a good friend of mine became the Vice Chancellor and his name was Neil Hawk. Neil served in that capacity from 1992 until his retirement in 2012.
When Neil stepped aside he was concluding a 43-year career in higher education, with 36 years as a chief financial officer. Neil came to UNC Pembroke when it was still called Pembroke State and during his twenty years served four different Chancellors. Neil is a native to the state of Ohio and had a great affinity for Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
While he was Vice Chancellor he supervised 150 employees and a budget of $130 million annually, Neil was responsible for the offices of Business Services, the Controller, Dining Services, Facilities Management, Facilities Operations, Facilities Planning and Construction, Financial Planning and Budgeting and Human Resources as well as the Bookstore. He also during his tenure oversaw Campus Police.
Neil’s expertise was also used as the Treasurer for the UNCP Foundation and its Limited Liability Companies (LLC). In this capacity he was responsible for a $16 million endowment; had oversight for five student housing projects and the associated debt plus a fieldhouse, as well as other general foundation business.
In his last 12 years at UNC Pembroke, Neil supervised more than $250 million in construction that totally transformed the campus of UNC Pembroke. New construction and renovations touched virtually every corner of the university and I know one of Neil’s legacies will how he influenced the appearance and physical footprint of our campus.
Neil made sure the campus was run efficiently and effectively. Under his watch UNCP always received clean audits from the state. He formed partnerships at General Administration that always seemed to call on his team to implement some new process with payroll or Banner.
Neil would be the first to admit that he could not have had the professional career he had without his wife Connie.
The Friend- NEIL HAWK
The Friend-CONNIE HAWK
Horse loving grandmother
Connie Hawk is one special lady that always have a calming influence on the people she is around. She apparently has the same effect on horses as she is an avid lover of them.
Connie and Neil have two children and they also have grandchildren that live in North Carolina. You can guarantee that Connie day will be brightened when get to be around her grandchildren. The last time we spoke she still was working getting that calming influence to work on her grandkids like it works on her horse.
Connie is also a retired UNCP employee having worked in a number of different capacities on campus. She worked in the Math Department for a while and she was even able to influence her calming powers on the a good friend and Math Department Chair Steven Bourquin. Connie like her husband Neil is a native of Ohio and still has strong family and friends in the buckeye state.
Connie connections to UNCP still remain even if indirect. She keeps her horse at Gallberry Farms in Hope Mills, NC which is the same neighborhood that UNCP Soccer Coach Phil Hindson lives in. Phil’s wife Liz occasionally babysits for Connie’s grandchildren.
The Hawk’s are an example of the type of people a university needs to keep things running smooth and keeping people’s nerves calm. Neil and Connie both did that exceptionally well.