Letter From the Chancellor

Looking forward to spring activities and a fall installation

Chancellor Mary K. GrantIt’s been an exciting start this spring semester, as my husband, Jim, and I join you on this journey—moving to our home on campus, exploring our new hometown, and getting to know more about the great work at UNC Asheville. We’ve met many wonderful colleagues, alumni, students and supporters along the way, and I want to thank you all for the warm welcome. Already, we’ve had the opportunity to contribute to our community—volunteering for a Day On during MLK Day and announcing the impressive statewide and regional economic impact of UNC Asheville.

It’s thanks to your hard work that we add value through the high-quality liberal arts education here at UNC Asheville. Our students solve real-world problems, such as the social entrepreneurship challenge chronicled in Around the Quad. Our alumni find meaningful, satisfying careers, such as those featured in our cover story. Our student-athletes pitch in, with an impressive 20-year record in the case of the baseball team. 

It’s this Bulldog determination that comes into focus in this issue of UNC Asheville Magazine—determination that combines competition with community service, and merges classroom expertise with compelling careers. That resiliency and grit are traits we look for in our newest Bulldogs too, as you’ll learn in our feature story on the admissions process. (Advance warning: there’s a quiz at the end.) 

As one of the newest Bulldogs on campus, I’m also grateful to learn more about the work of our students, staff and faculty, who never stop in their efforts to make the campus community more efficient and effective. This issue of the magazine introduces us to the Blue Crew students who lead orientation, our internal auditor who volunteers her time as an active member of the community, and our many faculty members who flip the classroom to improve their teaching. 

We have several activities and events to look forward to this year, including the return of Concerts on the Quad this summer, and I hope you will join me on campus this fall for the chancellor’s installation ceremony on September 19 to celebrate our shared path toward the future. It is a privilege, an honor and an awesome responsibility to serve as your seventh chancellor, to become blue, as our orientation leaders might call it, and to be a Bulldog.

—Chancellor Mary K. Grant