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 11, 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.
Today is Veteran’s Day and I am sure you are like me in knowing quite a few veterans that have served our country well. I work with a number of veterans at UNC Pembroke including Aubrey Swett, Mike Clawson, and Joshua Malcolm. Of these three I work with Joshua on a daily basis. He is hard working, detailed oriented, and quite passionate about university. I suspect all three will participate in UNCP Veteran’s Day celebration.
Joshua is a Pembroke native and a 1992 UNC Pembroke graduate. He served in the US Air Force after he graduated. He participated in Air Force ROTC while he was an undergraduate and went on to become an officer in the Air Force. He rose to the rank of captain in the Air Force and was stationed at numerous bases across the U.S.
He was deployed overseas to Bosnia, Saudi Arabia and Kenya as a C-130 evaluator navigator. His military career after seven years took a turn when he was grounded for medical reasons.
He finished his military duties and came back to Robeson County to start his family and find a career. He was working at L.O.F factory just outside of Maxton when he came to the epiphany that he was going to become an attorney. He enrolled at NC Central and got his law degree. At N.C. Central, Malcolm was the first person to receive the Julian Pierce Scholarship, named for the late Robeson County civil rights leader.
After law school he eventually found a position in 2004 at Fayetteville State University, where he was assistant counsel for three and one-half years. During his time at FSU he also served as an instructor in UNCP’s Master of Public Administration program. In April 2008 he got hired as UNCP Assistant Counsel. In less than two months Donna Gooden Payne who was the General Counsel for the university accepted a position at East Carolina and in June 2008 Joshua was elevated to General Counsel and Chief of Staff.
Today he is very involved in lots of key decisions for the university but has been a valuable resource to the Chancellor, Board of Trustees at UNCP, and other senior level administrators.
Joshua combination of military experience, attention to detail, a sense of legal rights and fairness has made him a leader on a lot of levels. He has served for a number of years on the Scotland Health Board. He has been active in politics and served as chair of the Robeson County Board of Elections until he was selected to serve on the North Carolina State Board of Elections.
He has a lot of roles but the one he cherishes the most is being a dad. He has four children-Forrest, Alaina, Rivers, and Slade. He and his wife Meloria have had a number of challenges as parents but they raised four wonderful children. Each of their children have special talents and gifts. As a dad Joshua is proud of each of them.
Family photo from 2014-(l-r) Alaina, Joshua, Meloria, Slade, Rivers, and Forrest Malcolm
Forrest the oldest in January will follow in his dad’s footsteps and become part of the military.
The Friend-JOSHUA MALCOLM with his son Rivers
The Friend of the Friend-FORREST MALCOLM
The Honey Man
Joshua and Meloria Malcolm have raised fascinating children. Their oldest Forrest has a hobby that he turned into a business. Forrest Malcolm is a beekeeper and that means he is a young man that is always surrounded by honey. Forrest Malcolm was he was a young teenager and showed up at Robeson County Beekeepers meeting. Everyone there was much older. He loved everything about the keeping bees. That led him to create an apiary.
When I first saw the word apiary I didn’t know what it meant. Quite simply it is a bee yard or where honey bees are kept. Forrest Malcom has created Malcolm’s Apiary. His bee yard can produce quite a bit of honey.
I have been fortunate to sample some of the honey that comes out of Malcolm Apiary and it is very good.
In January Forrest will begin his basic training in Mississippi for Air National Guard. He will be involved in this training until next fall and will have to take a break from his studies. He currently is in his third semester of college at UNC Pembroke.
I know that his family will miss him. They missed him this summer when he left to go work in Maine at Arcadia National Park.
I have a sneaking suspicion while he is gone that the virtues instilled in his dad while he was in the military will kick in. The apiary will be under the guidance of Joshua Malcolm during Forrest absence.