A friend of a friend-Ann Lemmon-Sue Carpenter-October 24

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 October 24, 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.

In my job I get to interact with some special leaders. UNC Pembroke is part of the UNC System and is one of the 17 campuses that make up the university. The entire university is headed up by a President and his staff of Vice-Presidents. Yesterday I traveled to Chapel Hill, NC to be present as a new President was elected by the UNC Board of Governors.

Margaret Spellings, President of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, TX, and former U.S. Secretary of Education, was elected president of the 17-campus University of North Carolina during a special meeting of the UNC Board of Governors. Ann Goodnight and Therence Pickett, co-vice chairs of the 11-member Search Committee charged with bringing finalists to the full board for consideration, delivered the group’s unanimous recommendation. Spellings, 57, will take office March 1, 2016, succeeding Thomas W. Ross, who is stepping down in January after five years in the post.

Margaret Spelling addressing UNC BOG meeting after her election.


The entire organization that reports to the President is referred to as UNC General Administration. Not only are there Vice-Presidents but there are a number of important staffers that make General Administration run effectively. Those staffers dealt with a full room for the announcement of the new president along with a large number of media outlets.

One of those staffers who made yesterday’s event run smooth was Sue Carpenter. Sue has served as the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Records Management in January 2008. That title doesn’t really reflect what she does. She is great at making people feel special and addressing details. She did taht yesterday by making sure in a packed room that UNC Pembroke’s Board ofTrustee Chair had a seat.

Sue learned a lot of what she does under the former Secretary to the University Bart Corgnati. Bart retired in 2013 but came back to assist the University in the search for a new president.

Photo below (L-R) Dan Kenney and Bart Corgnati


Sue’s other responsibilities include managing the Board of Governors meetings and activities, coordinating the Office of the Secretary and Board of Governors website, managing the University of North Carolina Policy Manual, supervising staff, and supporting special projects.

Sue today works for a new Secretary to the University-Ann Lemmon.


The Friend of the Friend-ANN LEMMON

The Lady who hires leaders.

Ann Lemmon has served as a liasion for counteless number of Chancellor searches within the UNC System. Yesterday she got to see her work assisting the Board of Governors in hiring a new President get resolved.

In the last 6 months she has helped the campuses at UNC Wilmington, UNC Greensboro, UNC Pembroke, and Winston-Salem State University all find new chancellors.

The Secretary of the University serves as a member of the General Administration Council and provides all essential support for the work of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and its committees.

Ann provides professional staff assistance to the Committee on University Governance and serves as the President’s liaison to the campus Boards of Trustees. Her primary duties include planning meetings of the Board of Governors, maintaining and certifying the official acts of the Board, ensuring compliance with legal requirements, orienting new Board members and contributing to their ongoing development, and facilitating communication between Board members, the President, senior administrators, and campus constituencies.

She does all of that and helps hire leaders. She gets help from the entire team at UNC General Administration including Sue Carpenter.

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