Locklear named new assistant VP at RCC

By: Tomeka Sinclair - Staff writer

LUMBERTON — Robeson Community College trustees acknowledged the resignation of two top employees and the hiring of another during their board meeting Monday.

Channing Jones and Brian Nolley officially resigned from the college to pursue other professional avenues while Ronnie Locklear stepped into another position at the college.

The trustees were introduced to Locklear as the assistant vice president of Student Services. Locklear has worked at the college since 1992 but has served as the director of Enrollment Services and Admissions for the past four years, said Bill Mauney, vice president for Instruction and Support Services.

“I look forward to seeing what he does,” Mauney said.

Locklear was hired as the assistant vice president of Student Services in April. He will advise the president on all matters pertaining to student life, including enrollment management, registration, and financial aid.

Jones officially resigned from his position as the vice president for Workforce Development and Continuing Education on April 30.

“I have truly enjoyed my tenure with Robeson Community College. I am more than grateful for the encouragement, support and kindness the college has given me in pursuing my professional and personal goals,” Jones wrote in his letter to the board.

Jones is Robeson County’s new executive director for Economic Development.

Also leaving is Financial Aid Specialist Brian Nolley. Nolley officially resigned May 4 to accept a position with the city of Lumberton.

The trustees also:

— Heard about various ceremonies and events that took place recently. Events included RCC Day, which was held April 18; The Honors College Capstone Event on April 24; and the Radiography Pinning, which occurred May 2.

— Acknowledged graduation will take place Tuesday beginning at 11 a.m.

— Heard from RCC President Kimberly Gold that the board will conduct a self-evaluation survey in June. The purpose is to review the functioning, strengths and concerns of the board and where improvement is needed.

— Heard that the school has spent 83.33 percent of the fiscal year’s budget.

— Were introduced to one of the success stories of the C-Step Program. Like the BraveStep program signed recently, the C-Step is a bridge to guarantee RCC students can transfer to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Zulma Arrayo-Bello spoke about her journey at RCC and her excitement about going to UNC.

“I had a great experience here,” Arrayo-Bello said. “Professors — to me — were like family.”

Arrayo-Bello will be studying Biology at UNC with the hope of becoming a doctor.



Tomeka Sinclair

Staff writer

Tomeka Sinclair can be reached at 910-416-5865 or at [email protected]

Tomeka Sinclair can be reached at 910-416-5865 or at [email protected]