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 August 7, 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.
When you decide to pursue a career in higher education you realize it is a long journey but if you stop and slow down enough you will meet some fascinating people along the way. If you pursue a career as a tenure track faculty member you have to achieve results in different areas to reach professional milestones. Two of those recognitions are achieving tenure and being awarded the rank of full professor.
Each college campus may have slightly different version but to achieve tenure or the rank of full professor you have to excel in the results you get in teaching, scholarship, and service. My friend the full professor Dr. Scott Billingsley has been excellent in all three areas for UNC Pembroke.
Scott has been as UNC Pembroke since August 2003. He advanced thru the different professorial ranks assistant professor, associate professor, and professor at Pembroke over the past twelve years. In June he became the Associate Provost for our university with the departure of long time administrator Bill Gash. Bill left UNC Pembroke to work at the University of North Georgia.
Scott excelled in all three areas that university faculty has to be involved in but where I got to see him shine first hand was in the area of service. Scott has immersed himself in service to the university by serving on various committees and also being a charter member of the UNC Pembroke “Faculty Associates” which one of his fellow faculty members Dr. Jeff Frederick oversaw while I was serving as UNCP Director of Athletics.
The Faculty Associate’s Program assigned a UNCP faculty member to each athletic team so that the faculty member can get to know the athletes and be a resource for them. The program works on an informal basis but for people like Scott and Jeff it really brought them close to a lot of students.
Scott has also developed some close friendships with UNCP Coaches including Ben Miller. He is religious with his commitment to fitness. His work out partners at UNCP will often feature a pretty eclectic group of faculty, coaches and administrators. Scott fitness interest also means he has been very actively involved with the Robeson Road Runners. The Road Runners could not do the great work that they do without the help of leaders like Scott Billingsley.
Scott has two beautiful daughters named Afton and Addie.
Scott also has a friend named Doug Reedy who shares a common bond with him.
The Friend-SCOTT BILLINGSLEY
The Friend of the Friend-DOUG REEDY
Doug Reedy is the Minister to Youth at First Baptist Church in Lumberton, NC. He is a native of Sanford, NC. He graduated from Campbell University Divinity School with a M. A. in Christian Education with a concentration in Social Ministries. Doug served as Program Assistant/Children and Youth at First Baptist Church, Sanford prior to joining the staff in 2006 at First Baptist.
In his free time, Doug enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, watching college football, hiking, and talking about obscure music. He is married to the Rev. Bonnie Reedy, and they have one child, Kaitlyn.
Doug and Scott share a few things in common including camping, hiking, college football, and that word service especially to kids. Doug whole world is about making sure kids have a good experience and that is what Scott does.
Whether it is summer mission trips, camping, or ski trips for the youth those activities are something that Scott and Doug both have in common. I know a lot of folks in Lumberton that swear by the extra effort that Doug puts into giving children a great experience. I know when Tito Massol, Joe Butler, Kim Gore, and Scott Billingsley all brag on you then you are doing something right.
First Baptist Ski Trip-Adult Chaperones-Doug front row far right
I don’t know much about the youth ministry world but my hunch is Doug Reedy qualifies for tenure and the rank of full professor just like his friend Scott Billingsley. Lumberton is lucky to have both of them serving our community.