We define excellence
by the difference we make.

Message from the Chancellor

In this changing and ever-challenging environment of public higher education, often we ask ourselves, how do we move ahead? How do we advance our mission in light of an evolving funding model? How do we maintain excellence in all that we do on campus and in the community?

Chancellor Linda P. Brady addresses the crowd at the site of the future Union Square Campus.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady addresses the crowd at the site of the future Union Square Campus in February. Union Square is a partnership between area businesses, city leaders and several local universities.

Every day, I witness the answer: We define excellence by the difference we make — for our students and for our city, state and nation. UNCG is able to take significant strides forward because our faculty, staff, students and alumni continuously seek to make an impact.

By combining excellent teaching with important research and community engagement, our university sets an example for contributions that create new possibilities. It is why, for example, we are hailed, year after year, for contributing the most to the public good, and why we have earned the highest federal recognition a school can receive for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement.

One faculty member's breakthrough in the lab is a breakthrough for us all. One student's success in a prestigious national scholarship competition is an accolade for our entire campus. And onward we go as the people of UNCG achieve meaningful advancements in the way we all learn, work, live and lead.

As chancellor, I am proud to recognize some of UNCG's most notable accomplishments from 2013-14. Clearly, UNCG continues to be a place where we enable our community to envision and achieve significant goals.

What a proud moment at the May 9 commencement when the first full graduating class of UNCG Guarantee scholars received their diplomas. The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) gave us another historic event when the first two PhD graduates in nanoscience, Joseph Estevez and Rabeah Rawashdeh, accepted their degrees.

Entering its fifth year, JSNN has worked closely with Gateway University Research Park to develop programs focused on economic development in the Piedmont Triad. The Nanomanufacturing Innovation Consortium was created to enable nanomanufacturers to network and take advantage of the school's unique resources. Though just announced last July, the consortium already has 24 members, five from outside of North Carolina.

I am also pleased to announce the appointment of our new academic leader. The university named a new provost following the dedicated service of Provost David Perrin. On August 1, Dr. Dana Dunn will join us as provost and executive vice chancellor from The University of Texas at Arlington, and I look forward to her good work in helping protect and advance UNCG's academic core and educational mission.

Even during times of challenge and change, UNCG moves forward. Please take a moment to read about the accomplishments of people who are finding new solutions, forging new partnerships and joining one another in the quest to Do something bigger altogether.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady