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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.


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