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The History of the University of North Carolina

In North Carolina, all the public educational institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees are part of the University of North Carolina. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is one of 16 constituent institutions of the multi-campus state university.

The University of North Carolina, chartered by the N.C. General Assembly in 1789, was the first public university in the United States to open its doors and the only one to graduate students in the eighteenth century. The first class was admitted in Chapel Hill in 1795. For the next 136 years, the only campus of the University of North Carolina was at Chapel Hill.

In 1877, the N.C. General Assembly began sponsoring additional institutions of higher education, diverse in origin and purpose. Five were historically black institutions, and another was founded to educate American Indians. Several were created to prepare teachers for the public schools. Others had a technological emphasis. One is a training school for performing artists.

In 1931, the N.C. General Assembly redefined the University of North Carolina to include three state-supported institutions: the campus at Chapel Hill (now the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), North Carolina State College (now North Carolina State University at Raleigh), and Woman's College (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro). The new multi campus University operated with one board of trustees and one president. By 1969, three additional campuses had joined the University through legislative action: the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

In 1971, the General Assembly passed legislation bringing into the University of North Carolina the state's ten remaining public senior institutions, each of which had until then been legally separate: Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, North Carolina Central University, the North Carolina School of the Arts, Pembroke State University, Western Carolina University, and Winston-Salem State University. This action created the current 16-campus University. (In 1985, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, a residential high school for gifted students, was declared an affiliated school of the University; and in 1996, Pembroke State University was renamed The University of North Carolina at Pembroke through Legislative action.)

The UNC Board of Governors is the policy-making body legally charged with "the general determination, control, supervision, management, and governance of all affairs of the constituent institutions." It elects the president, who administers the University. The 32 voting members of the Board of Governors are elected by the General Assembly for four-year terms. Former board chairmen and board members who are former governors of North Carolina may continue to serve for limited periods as nonvoting members emeriti. The president of the UNC Association of Student Governments, or that student's designee, is also a non-voting member.

Each of the 16 constituent institutions is headed by a chancellor, who is chosen by the Board of Governors on the president's nomination and is responsible to the president. Each institution has a board of trustees, consisting of eight members elected by the Board of Governors, four appointed by the governor, and the president of the student body, who serves ex -officio. (The NC School of the Arts has two additional ex-officio members.) Each board of trustees holds extensive powers over academic and other operations of its institution on delegation from the Board of Governors.

Constituent Institutions of the University

Appalachian State University (Boone)

Founded 1899

East Carolina University (Greenville)

Established 1907

Elizabeth City State University

Established 1867

Fayetteville State University

Established 1867

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (Greensboro)

Established 1891

North Carolina Central University (Durham)

Established 1910

North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem)

Established 1963

North Carolina State University (Raleigh)

Founded 1887 as land-grant college

The University of North Carolina at Asheville

Founded 1934

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chartered 1789

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Established 1946

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Chartered 1891

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Established 1887

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Established 1947

Western Carolina University (Cullowhee)

Founded 1891

Winston-Salem State University

Founded 1892

In 1985, the North Carolina School of Mathematics and Science was granted status as an affiliate of the University of North Carolina.

The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina

Class of 1999

F. Edward Broadwell, Jr., Asheville

Robert J. Brown, High Point

William T. Brown, Fayetteville

C. Clifford Cameron, Charlotte

Orville D. Coward, Sr., Sylva

John C. Fennebresque, Charlotte

Larnie G. Horton, Sr., Raleigh

C. Ralph Kinsey, Jr., Charlotte

W. Kenneth Morgan, Sr., Jacksonville

Cary C. Owen, Asheville

Barbara S. Perry, Kinston

Earl N. Phillips, Jr., High Point

Marshall A. Rauch, Gastonia

Benjamin S. Ruffin, Winston-Salem

Joseph E. Thomas, New Bern

Class of 2001

Bradley T. Adcock, Durham

G. Irvin Aldridge, Manteo

Lois G. Britt, Rose Hill

John F. A. V. Cecil, Asheville

Bert Collins, Durham

Ray S. Farris, Charlotte

H. Frank Grainger, Cary

Helen Rhyne Marvin, Gastonia

Timothy Keith Moore, Shelby

Maxine H. O'Kelly, Burlington

D. Wayne Peterson, Pinehurst

Jim W. Phillips, Jr., Greensboro

J. Craig Souza, Raleigh

Robert F. Warwick, Wilmington

James Bradley Wilson, Cary

Members Emeriti

James E. Holshouser, Jr., Southern Pines

Samuel H. Poole, Raleigh

Ex Officio

Jeffrey L. Nieman, Jr., Chapel Hill


Officers of the University of North Carolina

Molly Corbett Broad, B.A., M.A. - President

Roy Carroll, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. - Vice President - Academic Affairs

Gary Barnes, B.A, M.S., Ph.D. - Vice President - Program Assessment and Public Service

Charles R. Coble, A.A., A.B., M.A.T., Ed.D - Vice President - University-School Programs

Rosalind R. Fuse-Hall, B.S., J.D. - Secretary of the University

J. B. Milliken, B.A., J.D. - Vice President-Public Affairs and University Advancement

Judith Pulley, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. - Vice President-Planning

Richard H. Robinson, Jr., A.B., LL.B. - Vice President and General Counsel

The History of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The first state-supported school for the higher education of women in North Carolina was chartered in 1891 as the STATE NORMAL AND INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL. It opened on October 5, 1892 to 223 students, a 15-member faculty, and classes in three departments: business, domestic science, and teaching. In 1896 its name changed to the STATE NORMAL AND INDUSTRIAL COLLEGE.

Charles Duncan McIver, who with other pioneers in public education crusaded for women's education, was the first president, serving from 1892 until his death in 1906. In 1995, Patricia A. Sullivan became the ninth chancellor and the first woman chancellor of the University.

In 1919, the school was renamed NORTH CAROLINA COLLEGE FOR WOMEN, as it continued to educate women in the liberal arts with particular emphasis in the fields of teaching, home economics, music, and physical education. The first graduate degree, the Master of Arts, was awarded in 1922.

The General Assembly of 1931 combined the North Carolina College for Women, the University of North Carolina (at Chapel Hill) and the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering (at Raleigh) into a Consolidated University. The campus at Greensboro thus became THE WOMAN'S COLLEGE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA.

"W.C." became coeducational in 1963 when laws were amended to authorize admission of both men and women at all levels of instruction on all University campuses. At that time, the Greensboro campus was again renamed as THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT GREENSBORO. The first doctoral degree was awarded in 1963.

In October 1971 the General Assembly adopted legislation which combined all 16 of the state-supported institutions of higher education into a single University of North Carolina, governed by a board of governors and administered by a president. Each constituent institution has a separate board of trustees and is administered by a chancellor.

Currently, UNCG has approximately 12,700 students 21% of whom are graduate students and 582 full-time faculty members. UNCG offers six baccalaureate degrees in over 100 areas of study, 12 master's degrees in a wide variety of concentrations, and three doctoral degrees in 15 areas of study. The campus on Spring Garden Street, its original location, has grown to 200 acres and 76 buildings.

The Board of Trustees of
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Academic Year 1999-2000

Terms Expiring June 30, 1999

F. James Becher, Jr., Greensboro

F. Hudnall Christopher, Jr., Winston Salem

Sue W. Cole, Greensboro

JoAnne Smart Drane, Raleigh

Hubert B. Humphrey, Greensboro

E. J. Yelton, Greensboro

Terms Expiring June 30, 2001

Betty C. Ervin, Morganton

Carol F. Matney, Asheboro

Kenneth C. Mayer, Jr., Greensboro

Martha F. McNair, Winston Salem

Pat Shore, Winston Salem

Thomas R. Sloan, Greensboro

Ex Officio Member (one-year term)

Durenda Johnson, President,
Student Government


The Officers of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Office of the Chancellor

Patricia A. Sullivan, Chancellor, B.A., M.S., Ph.D.

Mary L. Jellicorse, Assistant to the Chancellor, A.B.

M. Cynthia Farris, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.

Lucien Capone III, University Counsel, B.A., J.D.

Nelson E. Bobb, Director, Intercollegiate Athletics, B.S., M.Ed.

Office of the Provost

A. Edward Uprichard, Provost, B.A., M.S., Ph.D.

Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

J. Alan Boyette, B.A., M.S., Ph.D.

Associate Provost for Enrollment Services

James C. Black, Jr., B.A., M.Ed.

Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education

Anita S. Lawson, B.A., Ph.D.

Associate Provost for International Programs

Charles H. Lyons, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Graduate School

Brad Bartel, Dean and Associate Provost for Research, B.A., Ph.D.

Maureen Grasso, Associate Dean, B.S., M. S., Ph.D.

College of Arts and Sciences

Walter H. Beale, Dean, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Robert E. Gatten, Jr., Associate Dean, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.

Mary K. Sandford, Associate Dean, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics

James K. Weeks, Dean, B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D.

Donald L. McCrickard, Associate Dean, B.A., Ph.D.

School of Education

David G. Armstrong, Dean, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Ada L. Vallecorsa, Associate Dean, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D.

School of Health and Human Performance

Robert W. Christina, Dean, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.

Lynette K. Lawrance, Associate Dean, B.Sc., B.Ed., M.S., Ph.D.

School of Human Environmental Sciences

Helen A. Shaw, Dean, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Deborah E. Kipp, Associate Dean, B.S., Ph.D.

School of Music

Arthur R. Tollefson, Dean, A.B., M.A., D.M.A.

James C. Prodan, Associate Dean, B.S., M.M., D.M.A.

School of Nursing

Lynne G. Pearcey, Dean, B.S.N., M.S.N., Ph.D.

Virginia B. Karb, Associate Dean, B.S.N., M.S.N., Ph.D.

Eileen G. Kohlenberg, Assistant Dean, B.S.N., M.S.N., Ph.D.


Peter E. Lindsey, Director, B.A.

Adult Continuing and Evening Students

Brooks G. Graham, Director, B. A.

Division of Continual Learning

John J. Young, Dean, A.B., A.M., M.A., Ph.D.

Financial Aid

Deborah Tollefson, Director, B.A., M.S.

International Student Services

Martha F. Trigonis, Director, B.A., M.S.


Doris J. Hulbert, Director, B.A., M.A., M.L.S.

Research Services

Beverly B. Maddox-Britt, Interim Director, B.S., M.S., Ed.D.

Special Support Services

Gertrude S. Ross, Director, B.A., M.S.

Student Academic Services

Robert A. Ross, Director, B.A., M.Ed.

Summer Session

John J. Young, Dean, A.B., A.M., M.A., Ph.D.

Nora S. Reynolds, Executive Director, A.B.

University Registrar's Office

Ellen H. Robbins, University Registrar, B.A., M.Ed.

University Teaching and Learning Center (UTLC)

Ray C. Purdom, Director, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Weatherspoon Art Gallery

Nancy M. Doll, Director, B.F.A., M.A.

Office of Information Technology and Planning

Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Planning

James Clotfelter, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Planning

Gary M. Grandon, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Planning and Research

Donald J. Reichard, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Client Services

Waller H. Anthony, Interim Director, B.S.

Instructional and Research Computing

John H. Major, Director, B.S., M.Ed.

Management Information Systems

Larry R. Henson, Director, B.A., M.S., M.B.A.

Network Services

Thomas M. Sheriff, Director, B.S.R.E., M.Ed., Ed.D.

Systems and Networks

R. C. Curry, Jr., Director, B.A.

Telephone Services

Robert DeVaughn, Director, B.S.

Office of Business Affairs

Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs

Philip H. Richman, B.S.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Business and Student Services

Douglas R. Brown, B.S., M.S.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities

Davis B. Lumpkin, B.S.E.E.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance

Steven W. Rhew, B.S.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources

R. Alan Bridge, B.A., M.A.

Office of Student Affairs

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Carol S. Disque, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Cheryl M. Callahan, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

James M. Lancaster, B.A., M.A., Ed.D.

Campus Recreation

Cynthia M. Hardy, Director, B.S., M.A.

Career Services Center

Donna J. Seckar, Director, B.A., M.Ed.

Counseling and Testing Center

John A. Edwards, Director, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Office of Disability Services

Patricia L. Bailey, Director, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.

Elliott University Center/Student Life

Bruce J. Michaels, Director, B.A., M.A.

Housing and Residence Life

John T. Campbell, Director, B.A., M.S.

Multicultural Affairs

Pamela A. Wilson, Director, B.S., M.S.


Krispin W. Barr, Director, B.A., M.A.

Student Health Services

Tresa M. Saxton, Director, B.A., M.P.H.

Office of University Advancement

Vice Chancellor for University Advancement


Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development

Weston W. Hatfield, B.A., M.A.

Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Relations

Helen C. Dennison, B.A., M.A.

Advancement Services

Jill H. Goodman, Director, B.S.

Alumni Affairs

Joan M. Glynn, Director, B.A., M.B.A.

Annual Programs/Annual Fund

Leslie Hamby, Director, B.S., M.A.

Spartan Club

Scott F. Elder, Interim Director, B.A.

University News Service


University Publications

Miriam C. Barkley, Director, B.A., M.L.S.


Contact: University Registrar's Office
Registrar, UNCG, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170 (336) 334-5946

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