Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor Gilliam

The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina elected Dr. Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., as the eleventh Chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Chancellor Gilliam brings to UNCG and the UNC system a wealth of experience from a career that spans more than thirty years in higher education. He took office on September 8, 2015.

“As Chancellor of UNCG, I will be an advocate for this university and a voice for public higher education in North Carolina. The challenges are many, but I am confident that together, we are equal to the task.”

Dr. Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.
State of the Campus Address
August 12, 2015

Former Dean And Longtime Professor

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Gilliam served as Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs for seven years and was a longtime UCLA Professor of Public Policy and Political Science. His research focused on strategic communications, public policy, electoral politics, and racial and ethnic politics.

As Dean of UCLA Luskin, Gilliam shepherded a $50 million naming gift and launched and executed an ambitious strategic plan and capital campaign, establishing the school as a regional leader in addressing and finding solutions to some of society’s most pressing problems.

Champion Of Civic Engagement

Prior to his appointment as Dean at UCLA, Dr. Gilliam served as the inaugural Associate Vice Chancellor of Community Partnerships in the University of California system from 2002 to 2008. As Associate Vice Chancellor, he championed UCLA’s civic engagement by supporting engaged scholarship and community collaborations to improve the quality of life for residents of Los Angeles.

Dr. Gilliam’s research focused on strategic communications, public policy, electoral politics, and racial and ethnic politics. He is the author of Farther to Go: Readings and Cases in African-American Politics (Harcourt Brace), and his work has been published in many leading academic journals. He is frequently interviewed or cited by national and international news outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, The Huffington Post, and the BBC.

Active Board Member, Award-winning Educator

Dr. Gilliam is a senior fellow with the FrameWorks Institute (winner of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions), where he has served as director of the “Framing Race in America” project and has contributed to research and training on health care, racial equity, early child development, youth and rural issues, and criminal justice. He serves on the boards of the Greensboro Partnership, Union Square Campus, Gateway University Research Park, and the FrameWorks Institute.

In his first year at UNCG, Dr. Gilliam worked with board members and key leaders to assure UNCG’s inclusion on the Connect NC bond referendum, which voters ultimately passed, securing $105 million in funding for a new nursing and STEM building. He worked with campus leaders to secure a transformative gift from community leader and philanthropist Tobee Kaplan, who donated $5 million to name the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness. The gift is only the third of this size in UNCG’s history.

Dr. Gilliam was honored with the 2015 Upton Sinclair Award by the Liberty Hill Foundation for his renowned work advancing civic engagement and commitment to issues of equity. Twice nominated for UCLA’s Luckman Distinguished Teaching Award, he has also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Grinnell College, and the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and was a Visiting Scholar at Brandeis University. In addition, he taught at Columbia University, Fisk University, and — with former Vice President Al Gore — at Middle Tennessee State University.

Dr. Gilliam received his B.A. from Drake University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Iowa. Dr. Gilliam has been married for 25 years to Jacquelean Gilliam, most recently the Executive Director of Scholarships & Student Support Initiatives and Campus-Wide Initiatives at UCLA and now a philanthropic consultant. They are parents to Ariel Gilliam, a recent UCLA graduate and Franklin D. “Trey” Gilliam, III, who is a student at Emerson College.