Dear Spartan Community,
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro took a Giant Step today! I am pleased and proud to report that the UNC Board of Governors approved our proposal to create two “Millennial Campus” districts on our campus – areas where we can partner with the private sector to create new academic experiences, fuel economic development for our region, create jobs, and make ours a more vibrant, healthy and exciting community.
One of these areas, primarily along Gate City Boulevard, will focus on Health and Wellness, leveraging existing resources like the Kaplan Center to create an ecosystem of services and research activities designed to help foster healthy living. The other, along Tate Street, will focus on arts and culture, building from the core we have there of UNCG Auditorium, the Weatherspoon, Taylor Theatre and our unique local area businesses.
These two themes are incredibly important. They are deeply connected to our new strategic plan, where health and wellness and creating vibrant communities are core priorities for us in the long term. Additionally, these areas of focus will create real value for our community, improving quality of life and spurring economic development.
Today is a first step. There are MANY more to come. Realizing our Millennial Campus vision is a process that will take years. It will take energy and enthusiasm as well as patience and care. It will require the engagement not just of our entire university community – faculty and staff, students and families, alumni and friends – but also of those who live and work near the campus.
I have two main priorities for this effort. First, we must focus on and fulfill our academic mission and use this opportunity to create better, more innovative programs for our students. Second, we must be a good neighbor and ensure the community has a voice through an open, transparent process.
We are seeing a positive response to today’s news across our community. I am happy to share with you some if the recent coverage so you can see how our great story is being told:
Link to the UNCG website story.
Today’s announcement is about our future. It is about Greensboro’s future. It is about giving this university and this community the capabilities we require to grow, to evolve, to thrive and to create something truly unique in our region. I hope you will join me in looking forward with optimism, and I hope that you are ready to take this Giant Step together!
Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.