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 November 3, 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.
Since I have been at UNC Pembroke I have had the pleasure of working with a number of great leaders who have served on the Board of Trustees. One of those leaders was Carl Whitten Meares Jr.
Carl depicted second from right.
Carl Meares has been a successful businessman from Fair Bluff, NC. He comes from a long line of family that calls the Columbus County, NC town home. Fair Bluff is a great example of a North Carolina town you may never heard of. It sits on the Lumber River and is one of the oldest towns in Columbus County, appearing on maps from the early 19th century, and was once a center of timber production.
Downtown Fair Bluff, NC
Carl got appointed to the Board in 2003 and was elected as chair in 2004. He played an instrumental part in UNC Pembroke bringing back football. He served on the football advisory committee that studied the concept. The Board of Trustees approved the return of football to UNCP in a unanimous decision on Wednesday, December 1, 2004.
(l-r) Carl Meares Jr. , Chancellor Allen Meadors, SGA President, and Dan Kenney
It was a decision that has helped transform the University. Carl and the 2004 Board of Trustee members said a football program would transform the entire University and I believe that decision and several others allowed it to grow from where it was in the 1990’s.
Today is Election Day across the country and in Fair Bluff, NC Carl Meares Jr. is running for a spot on the Fair Bluff Town Commission. He is not the only member of the UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees that served with Carl Meares that is an elected official. Roger Oxendine who came on the Board of Trustees in 2005 is a Robeson County Commissioner.
Roger has a son named Chad who coaches baseball at Longwood University. Chad played for Coastal Carolina University (SC).
A 2004 graduate and two-year team captain at Coastal Carolina, he made his return to the Big South Conference after serving as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater in 2011-12. Prior to his stint with the Chanticleers, he held collegiate coaching positions at Richmond (2007-10), Alabama (2006-07) and UNC Wilmington (2005-06).
Roger Oxendine and Carl Meares Jr. have both done a lot to serve Southeastern NC over the years. Hoping that when we wake up the day after the elections that Carl Meares Jr. will join Roger Oxendine as an elected official. Roger can continue to serve Robeson County and Carl can serve as Town Councilman of Fair Bluff, NC.