Chancellor's Message

At UNC Asheville, we create the future.

We are hands-on and all in. We make an impact, on campus, in the community and around the world. We serve others, apply our research, and teach beyond the classroom walls. We collaborate with our city and remain grounded as a center of thought and action. Together, we create knowledge and prepare students to be engaged citizens and curious problem solvers, ready for the careers of today and tomorrow. We encourage entrepreneurs and innovators, help scientists develop the skills they need to find solutions, and nurture artists in their passion and their work. Together, we solidify our foundation as the premier public university in Western North Carolina and as the state’s designated public liberal arts university.

UNC Asheville operates in an increasingly competitive higher education environment, including competition for resources. Successful institutions in the 21st century will distinguish themselves and take bold steps to accomplish their mission. Successful institutions will deliver on the promises they make.

UNC Asheville’s promise is to offer a top quality, multidimensional education at an affordable price. The word “public” is more than a descriptor; it is central to our mission of providing access to higher education. As a leader in the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), UNC Asheville is well positioned to steer the evolution of the public liberal arts in higher education.

This is our plan.

Join us as we inspire, innovate, and engage.

Chancellor Mary K. Grant, Ph.D.