Chancellor Linda P. Brady
Building the lifelong value of a UNCG education
By Chancellor Linda P. Brady

The 2013-14 academic year proved to be a rewarding one for faculty, staff, students and alumni as UNCG continued its long tradition of receiving national recognition for research, scholarship, creative activity and community engagement. U.S. News & World Report again named UNCG one of the best universities in the country, and we continue to win praise as one of the top universities for contributing most to the public good through our research, social mobility and student service.

Here are just a few highlights from the past year that are a source of pride for Spartans everywhere:

  • The Bryan School of Business and Economics' evening MBA Program vaulted to No. 13 in the nation, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
  • The graduate program in speech-language pathology ranked among the top 15 percent of programs in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's ranking of best graduate schools.
  • The Department of Counseling and Educational Development ranked third in the nation among graduate programs in student counseling and personnel services, according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • At 45th in the nation, UNCG's online master's in nursing program ranked alongside Yale's and out-ranked Duke's.
  • UNCG ranked No. 56 among the top 150 best colleges for your money nationwide by College Factual.
  • For the third straight year, UNCG was recognized as a Military Friendly School.
  • The Education Trust again singled out UNCG for success in closing the gap in graduation rates between black and white students.

Such recognition not only captures the outstanding work and success of our faculty, staff and students, it reinforces the strong reputation that you have helped build and the life-long value of a UNCG education.

Looking ahead to 2014-15 and beyond

In recent years, changing demographics have impacted enrollment across the majority of UNC system universities. Although UNCG suffered an enrollment decline for the 2013-14 academic year, we have developed a plan that anticipates rebuilding our enrollment to approximately 18,000 students over the next several years. I am pleased to report that we are making progress, with early signs that our undergraduate and graduate enrollment this fall will improve over the prior year.

The coming year will be a time of leadership transition for our university. At the end of June, Dave Perrin stepped down as provost and executive vice chancellor, and Reade Taylor retired after 27 years with UNCG, including the last eight as vice chancellor for business affairs. We thank Dave and Reade for their leadership in steering the university during challenging times and wish them the very best.

I am pleased to share that on Aug. 1, Dr. Dana Dunn will join UNCG as provost and executive vice chancellor, and Charles (Charlie) Maimone will come on board as vice chancellor for business affairs. Dana will be joining UNCG from The University of Texas at Arlington, where she has held a series of progressively responsible academic leadership and faculty roles over the past 27 years. Dana led academic affairs for eight years, holding the title vice president prior to being named provost. She also has served as special advisor to the president and special advisor to the provost. Charlie served as vice chancellor for business affairs and chief financial officer at UNC Wilmington for the past six years. Prior to joining UNCW, he held several key leadership roles with The College of William and Mary, including associate vice president for administration and director of auxiliary services.

The coming year also will be a time for strategic visioning and planning, as we take a collaborative approach to charting the university's course for the next 10 years. We know that student success will be central to our next strategic plan, which must be based on a realistic assessment of the environment and closely connected with our next capital campaign. I look forward to working with our university leaders, faculty, staff, students and others to create a long-term collective vision, and we will keep you apprised of our progress. Thank you for your support of UNCG.