Letter from the Chancellor

Chancellor Mary K. Grant

THIS FALL, UNC ASHEVILLE aimed to inspire change, a fitting goal for the No. 1 university in the nation for “Making an Impact,” as named by The Princeton Review. 

It’s a mission that started at the beginning of the semester as visionary technologist Kevin Ashton came to campus at the conclusion of the first-year reading program and at the start of a renewed conversation about creativity, discovery, and civic engagement. We’ve recommitted to our core values of diversity and inclusion, innovation and sustainability, clearly outlined in a new strategic plan that sets a path forward. 

The stories in this edition of UNC Asheville Magazine might be the best illustration of our future work. It’s in classrooms, labs and studios, including those spaces that often remain behind the scenes, such as our costume design shop in the Drama Department. It’s in the field, where undergraduate research projects take students to our national parks, celebrating their centennial this year. And it’s in our community, where we develop curriculum for our first responders and rising leaders and work through our K-12 partnerships to increase access to higher education. 

As a leader in the liberal arts and a public university, UNC Asheville remains committed to offering a top-quality multidimensional education at an affordable price, and our students and alumni make sure to make the most of their time here. Within these pages, you’ll meet students who have won first runner up for Miss Wheelchair America and been named Junior World Champion in freestyle kayak, as well as alumni who now work for The New York Times and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 

Thanks to these community members, students and alumni, as
well as our faculty and staff, for inspiring us in all that you do and for the reminder that being at a mission-driven institution is a great place to be. 

Go Bulldogs!

—Chancellor Mary K. Grant