Letter from the Chancellor

Chancellor Mary K. GrantAt UNC Asheville, 90 years is just the beginning. It’s the start of our storied history as Asheville’s University and North Carolina’s public liberal arts university. It’s the first pages of our legacy, which many of you helped write and can help us share.

In this issue of UNC Asheville Magazine, we highlight a few pages of that history, with stories of fearless flyers who signed up for service before World War II and before women were recognized in the role, to those who integrated campus, not once, but twice, as students and later as faculty members. We focus on the work of current staff as well as the leaders who have made campus what it is today and what we continue to strive for in the future.

We know UNC Asheville students experience liberal arts education at its best, and we bring that story full circle, thanks to the insightful investigation by our alumna Kari Barrows. Our alumni writers fill these pages with tales from around the world, catching up with our remarkable, inspiring colleagues working in human rights locally and internationally. That same intellect and engagement comes to campus through our visiting scholars and cultural events, where just this semester we welcomed New York Times columnist David Brooks for our Founders Day keynote lecture, hosted a three-day residency with activist and author Vandana Shiva, and welcomed renowned artist Mel Chin to our new media, art, and engineering classrooms. Our students have certainly had memorable experiences.

As I look back at this past semester and the last three years, I thank all of you who have shared a memory with me, from those illustrated in the imaginative time capsule that closes this edition, to the many individuals whom I have met and spent time with while chancellor of UNC Asheville. It has been an honor for my husband Jim and me to call Asheville home, and we will always be proud Bulldogs. Our story doesn’t stop here, and UNC Asheville will continue to have a champion and a strong voice for the liberal arts, particularly the work of civic engagement, through my new role as president of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston. I look forward to many more great things to come as you all begin to write the next chapter of UNC Asheville’s story.

Go Bulldogs!

—Chancellor Mary K. Grant