This Friday, UNC Asheville will celebrate the installation of Dr. Nancy J. Cable, the university’s eighth permanent chancellor. 🎉
As the former Dean at Denison University and Guilford College and the Vice President + Dean of Admissions at Davidson University, Chancellor Cable – who earned her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia – brings decades of experience + national recognition to UNC Asheville. She will be officially installed on Friday, April 26 at 3 p.m. on the Quad at UNC Asheville.
Before that, UNC Asheville is taking an entire week to celebrate the public liberal arts + sciences and the transformative education it offers. Enter: Celebrate UNC Asheville!, a series of free, public community + university events April 23-26, leading up to the installation. Events are designed to highlight the culture + academics of the university, and some of them (cough stargazing cough) look so cool.
Expect thought-provoking roundtable discussions, community events, music, research + more. Best of all, everyone is invited – and everything is free. 🙌
Keep reading to see this week’s full schedule of events. ⬇️ Ⓟ
Full schedule of events for Celebrate UNC Asheville!:
🔍 Tuesday, April 23
8 a.m. | Undergraduate Research Symposium
Students will present undergraduate research projects in seminars all around campus.
🎶 Wednesday, April 24
3 p.m. | Afternoon Concert on the Quad
Live music, activities + treats by the Hop, French Broad Chocolates + Poppies Popcorn. Followed by a Tree Campus USA Celebration, in which each of UNC Asheville’s iconic maples will be named for a chancellor that served the university.
🎤 Thursday, April 25
Theme: Liberal Arts + Sciences’ Vital Role for the Future of our Democracy
Led by John Peede (Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities), Dr. Lynn Pasquerella (President of the Association of American Colleges + Universities) + Dr. Lawrence T. Potter (Provost of the University of the District of Columbia).
A special ceremony to dedicate a room in the Highsmith Student Union to the Eastern Band of Cherokees, who unanimously approved the partnership.
2:30 p.m. | Celebrate UNC Asheville Roundtable #2
Theme: An Essential Right: Health and Wellness Trends and Research
Led by Dr. Rita Charon (founder of Narrative Medicine), Dr. A. Wesley Burks (CEO of UNC Healthcare) and Dr. Jeff Heck (MAHEC).
Theme: Inclusive Excellence and Equity: The Power of a University Partnership
Led by Al Whitesides (Buncombe County Commissioner), Debra Campbell (City Manager), Kimberlee Archie (Equity & Inclusion Manager) Dr. Lawrence T. Potter + Frank Goldsmith (retired Civil Rights attorney).
7 p.m. | Public Lecture by Bryan Stevenson
The best-selling author + director of the Equal Justice Initiative led the team that created the first national memorial to victims of lynching. Doors open at 6 p.m.
8:30 p.m. | Community Stargaze
Explore the night sky with UNC Asheville as the university looks ahead to its future. Register here.
🎉 Friday, April 26
Theme: The American Dream: Interfaith Leadership in a Religious Democracy
Led by Dr. Eboo Patel (author, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, and Rhodes Scholar).
10:30 a.m. | Celebrate UNC Asheville Roundtable #5
Theme: The Melting of the Arctic Permafrost: Climate Implications
Led by Max Holmes (deputy director and senior scientist at Woods Hole).
3 p.m. | Installation Ceremony + Reception
Chancellor Cable will be formally installed. Dr. Eboo Patel will give the invocation, Dr. John J. DeGioia, 48th President of Georgetown University, will give the installation address + Dr. John Kuykendall, president emeritus of Davidson College, will offer the benediction.
See you there, Asheville. Ⓟ