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Chancellor Anne Ponder

Chancellor Anne Ponder

On an absolutely glorious April morning, with a few thousand of our close friends, community partners and honored guests, we dedicated the Wilma M. Sherrill Center, home of the North Carolina Center for Health & Wellness. You will want to read the story in these pages to learn more about how UNC Asheville has become a leader in understanding and improving the health of North Carolinians.

As you read the story and glance at the photos, you will be reminded that a project of this magnitude does not come into being without many years of planning. Indeed, from the very founding of this university, administrators, faculty and trustees have considered the needs of the current generation of students, faculty and staff as well as those that would follow.

Careful planning is the hallmark of our ability to offer the best possible undergraduate education in a time when resources are scarce. Our strategic plan has guided us well in making the very difficult choices that our state budget cuts have presented. As careful stewards of state funds, we are holding ourselves accountable to the taxpayers of North Carolina. Visit our Strategic Plan Dashboard to see our progress.

From the compelling academic achievements of our championship basketball team members to the accounting students who gave up their Saturdays to prepare tax returns for low-income and disabled individuals in our community, UNC Asheville students are eager to make their mark in the world.

 

Planning well assures that we can preserve a rigorous academic standard combined with real-world experience to prepare our students to meet the challenges they will face after graduation. In this issue, you will read several stellar examples of this.

From the compelling academic achievements of our championship basketball team members to the accounting students who gave up their Saturdays to prepare tax returns for low-income and disabled individuals in our community, UNC Asheville students are eager to make their mark in the world. Each day, our dedicated professors work directly with students to help them discover their enormous potential.

Read on to learn how superb teaching, cross-disciplinary learning and well-prepared students can combine to launch the leaders and problem-solvers of tomorrow. This is what North Carolina has come to expect of one of the best public liberal arts universities in the nation—and that's what we deliver.

—Chancellor Anne Ponder

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