Chancellor Gilliam on MLK Day

Posted on January 15, 2020

We find our way to UNCG from all over the state, the country, and the world. We come from a vast array of backgrounds and have different lived experiences. Yet, together, we become part of one Spartan community, with respect for each other, a belief in the unique value of our colleagues and classmates, and an unwavering commitment to building a diverse and inclusive community.

My hope for each of us, on this Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, is that we carry a message of hope, of action, and of shared fate. Our University must be a platform for civil dialogue, relationship building, and collaboration. We have a chance to make an important difference – through our studies, our service, and our civic engagement.

As Dr. King said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

I know that our shared Spartan values of compassion, civility, and excellence will point us toward a bright future. This is what UNCG is all about.


Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr