One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for September 19, 2015.
My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.
Today is a pretty exciting day. I get to represent UNC Pembroke at the Installation of UNC Asheville’s new chancellor. That trip to Asheville even though it will be quick will let me see some friends.
Aerial shot of UNC Asheville’s campus.
The trip is going to be quick because when the installation ceremony concludes at 12 Noon I am back in the car to watch UNC Pembroke play a home football game against Shaw University at 7PM.
One of the friends that I will get to interact with is Greg Carter. Greg from 2010 to 2012 got to serve at UNC Pembroke as Special Assistant to the Chancellor. When he left the position to go to UNC Asheville our university replaced his position with the Chief of Staff I am currently in.
(l-r) Dan Kenney and Greg Carter
Greg joined UNC Asheville as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for External Relations in August of 2012. He was promoted to Associate Vice Chancellor in January of 2014. Prior to Greg working at University of North Carolina at Pembroke he worked as a Legislative Assistant for United States Senator George Voinovich in Washington, DC. Senator Voinovich is from the Ohio and served as senator from 1999 to 2011. Voinovich, a member of the Republican Party, previously served as the 65th Governor of Ohio from 1991 to 1998 and as the 54th Mayor of Cleveland, OH from 1980 to 1989.
It will be great to catch up with Greg today and learn about his new Chancellor Mary Ann Grant.
The Friend-GREG CARTER
The Friend-MARY ANN GRANT
Leading a unique university
UNC Asheville has a unique mission in comparison to the other UNC Campuses. UNC Asheville is the designated liberal arts institution for the UNC system, offering students an intellectually rigorous education that builds critical thinking and workforce skills to last a lifetime. Enrolling about 3,700 students and offering more than 30 undergraduate majors and a Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree, UNC Asheville encourages students to take part in a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program and participate in interdisciplinary learning that extends beyond campus into the vibrant City of Asheville and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.
With that unique mission Mary Ann Grant has a great background to lead UNCA.
Prior to her starting at UNCA in January 2015 she was the president of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts since 2002.
A Massachusetts native, Grant is one of six children and the first in her family to complete a four-year degree. After graduating from North Adams State College (now MCLA) in 1983 with an undergraduate degree in sociology, she earned a master’s degree in public affairs from the McCormack Institute of Public Affairs (now the McCormack Graduate School of Public Policy) at the University of Massachusetts, Boston (1986) and a doctorate in social policy from the Heller School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare at Brandeis University (2000).
A passionate advocate for public higher education and civic engagement, Mary Ann received the New England Board of Higher Education’s 2014 Massachusetts State Merit Award. In 2011, she was honored with the American Council on Education’s Massachusetts National Network of Women Leaders Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the Frances H. Hayden Award from the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce.
She is going to rely on Greg Carter and others to make sure the students at UNC Asheville get involved. She will have a great person on her team for helping her with the external community in Greg Carter.