Letter From the Chancellor

A celebration of community

Chancellor Mary K. GrantThis fall, UNC Asheville celebrated community. A host of creative, engaging, thoughtful and fun events started with move-in day when we welcomed our largest first-year class. We continued through Installation Week, when we showed how we will change the world. And we took stock of the many qualities that make UNC Asheville unique and truly a world-class university. Foremost among these are the students, faculty, staff and volunteers who make this institution a shining example of the public liberal arts. Thank you for the work that you do every day.

In this edition of UNC Asheville Magazine, we showcase just a small share of that work. We learn from our award-winning faculty, and we are inspired by their motivation for research, teaching and service. Our faculty leads us to find solutions. Our alumni have adapted to this mindset as well. In these pages, you will see the paths some of our graduates have traveled—some linear, some less direct—and some steps that have marked the way as they pursue passions and professions.

We look to the next generation of leaders too, focusing on the presidents of four of our student clubs (thanks to the talents of one of our own student photographers). You’ll also see the work of our student-athletes on the court, in the classroom, and out in the community. It is in this province of service that our Bulldog family continues to grow, a family of which I am proud to be a member, now officially, as your seventh chancellor.

From my first day on campus almost a year ago to the Installation Ceremony and weeklong celebration this fall, you have embraced Jim and me, and you have made Sweeney feel like the top dog, even in Rocky’s mighty shadow. You have reached out to us to make sure this new place has become home, by inviting us for walks, for hikes, for coffee and for dinner. We share one of these meals on the next page, along with 175 of our friends who gathered for the first Farm-to-Table Dinner on the Quad.

Join me at the community table. Sit down for a discussion or a problem-solving session, and share with us the stories that are important to you so that we may share them with our extended family in the greater UNC Asheville community. Go Bulldogs!

—Chancellor Mary K. Grant