UB Staff

Pharr-1Marsha Boyd Pharr

Executive Director for TRIO Programs
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Marsha Boyd Pharr has provided supervision for the Talent Search Program since its inception in 1992 and began providing leadership and supervision for the Upward Bound Program in 1998. A native North Carolinian, Ms. Pharr has dedicated her entire career to serving students in this state. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of Education as a Consultant for the NC Department of Public Instruction, Career Counselor at North Carolina Central University and currently as the Director of TRIO Programs at NC State University. She is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Masters of Education Degree from North Carolina State University. The philosophy of TRIO—providing equal access to higher education—is a passion which sustains her career path.

CRJCecilia R. Johnson

Assistant Director for Upward Bound Programs
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Cecilia R. Johnson has been with the Upward Bound Program at NC State since 1989. A native of  Burgaw, NC, she has spent her entire career in the Educational arena. Prior to NC State she worked at St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh with Student Development. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from NC Central University in Durham, NC. Ms. Johnson believes that all teachers should be creative agents to empower students so they do not leave the classroom with empty educational accounts.

Maurice Mathis

Academic Coordinator
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Maurice Mathis serves as the Academic Coordinator for the NC State Upward Bound programs.  He began working with an Upward Bound program in Missouri in 2007 and has since enjoyed helping students reach high school graduation and college entrance.  In 2010 he began volunteering with the NC State Upward Bound Program.  From there, he completed his internship with the TRIO Programs office working with both the Upward Bound and Talent Search programs. After working with other TRiO programs in the state, he returns ready to utilize his skills with the students in both Upward Bound programs.  “Mr. M,” as the students call him, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Truman State University and Master of Science degree in organizational communications from NC State University. Being a first-generation college student, Mr. M understands the particular challenges students face when they don’t have a steady figure walking them through the college access journey – he is happy to stand in as this figure with the students.

Terry Baxter

program Coordinator
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Terry Baxter serves as the Program Coordinator for the NC State Upward Bound programs. He began working with an Upward Bound Program in Western North Carolina in 2011 and has continuously worked with high school students to help reach their goals of higher education. Prior to working at TRIO, he was an educator working with students to achieve success in the classroom. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University where he first began to work with students, he is passionate about serving the Upward Bound programs to help students reach their dreams. Outside of TRIO he enjoys watching/playing sports and Netflix. Mr. Baxter looks forward to helping scholars with NC State Upward Bound programs achieve their goal of attending college.

 


Julie Freeman

Business Officer
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Julie Freeman is a native of New York City and received a B.S. Degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Saint Augustine’s College. She has served the NC State University community for over 16 years.  During her tenure at the university she joined the Division of Student Affairs in 1995 with the Upward Bound Program.  As the Assistant to the Director of TRIO Programs, she provides leadership with the clerical staff as well as budget and database management for the office.  Her proficiency in the use of the most popular TRIO Student Database System has afforded the opportunity to serve as a trainer and consultant for TRIO Programs nationally.  Ms. Freeman also serves the community at large as a substance abuse counselor and group facilitator with the NC Behavioral Health Services.