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Chancellor at UNCA resigns after three years
Thursday, 05 October 2017 10:57

From Staff Reports

Dr. Mary K. Grant, UNC Asheville’s chancellor, announced her resignation on Sept. 13 so that she can serve as president of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, located in Boston.

Grant came to UNCA in 2015 as the seventh chancellor of the school, succeeding Anne Ponder, who retired after nine years at the helm.

Before coming to Asehville, Grant had served as president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Grant’s resignation came “after just five semesters in her position” at UNCA, according to the Blue Banner, the school’s student newspaper.

She will leave UNCA at the close of the fall semester to assume her new post.

“The work at UNC Asheville has been my dream opportunity and I never thought that there would be something that would pull me,” Grant said. “To do this work on these national issues is just so important right now.”

The Kennedy Institute serves as a museum specializing in the education of the U.S. Senate and the importance of participatory democracy. Current and former members of Congress comprise the board of directors, as well as those involved in higher education, much like Grant.

Following Grant’s resignation, a search committee will convene to find her successor, and a temporary replacement to fill her position until the search committee elects a new chancellor.

UNCA moves up to No. 7 in U.S. News rankings
Thursday, 05 October 2017 10:31

From Staff Reports 

UNC Asheville has moved up to No. 7 in U.S. News and World Report’s Ranking of Public Liberal Arts Colleges; Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects, Management & Accountancy, Affordability and Admissions Recognized Nationally.

Specifically, UNCA tied for the seventh spot among public liberal arts colleges in U.S. News and World Report’s new “2018 Best Colleges,” released online on Sept. 12. 

The university also earns recognition as one of the 25 National Liberal Arts Colleges where students graduate with the least amount of debt – an average of $22,026 for UNC Asheville graduates with debt, several thousand below the state and national average – and with 47 percent of UNCA graduates debt-free.

U.S. News and World Report also highlights schools with outstanding programs linked to student success.

Among these programs, UNCA earned top marks for Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects. This “enriched offering” gained recognition among university peers, including college presidents, chief academic officers and deans of admissions, who nominated institutions with stellar examples of research as well as learning communities, internships, service learning, study abroad, capstone projects, and writing in the disciplines.

“UNC Asheville continues to be an innovator and leader in the liberal arts, and it is an honor to stand with our colleagues on this national list. This ranking recognizes the important and exceptional work of our faculty, staff and students,” Chancellor Mary K. Grant said.


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