UNCG 125th

Celebrating 125 years of opportunity and excellence

Opportunity & Excellence

Since its founding, UNCG has been committed to creating opportunity and achieving excellence. The hard work and perseverance of many students, faculty, staff, and alumni have paved the way for future generations. These are just a fraction of the highlights.

Creating Opportunity

Best in Nation, Retaining and Graduating Students

Retaining & Graduating Students

One of 8 universities in the nation set apart by The Education Trust for best practices in retaining and graduating students — especially minority and low income students.

Innovation Leader in College Completion Programs

College Completion Programs

Recognized for keeping student demographics such as minority status, low-income backgrounds, and first-generation status from negatively impacting college completion.

Nationally Recognized, Improving Student Outcomes

Improving Student Outcomes

One of 31 Frontier Set institutions in the nation to improve student outcomes and better prepare new generations for the college experience.


1892Charles McIver


Dr. Charles Duncan McIver served as founding president from 1892 until his death in 1906.

18931893 Graduating Class

Graduating Class

What the Class of 1893 lacked in size, it made up for in symbolism.

Chemistry Lab

Chemistry Lab

Although female students had access to chemistry labs on campus, this was not common elsewhere at the time.

19101910 Student Government

Women as Student Organization Leaders

The Students’ Council was organized in the fall of 1910 and had 13 members. The 1912–13 group is pictured above.

19391939 Female Marching Band

All-Female Marching Band

During World War II, bandmaster Herbert Hazelman created an all-female marching band at Woman’s College. This band photo was taken in 1939.

1956JoAnne Smart and Bettye Ann Davis Tillman

Racial Integration

JoAnne Smart and Bettye Ann Davis Tillman were the first African American students to enroll at Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina. They graduated in 1960.

1963Nancy White

Doctoral Degree

Nancy White received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1963.


African American Faculty

Ernestine B. Small joined the School of Nursing in 1967.


School Goes Coed

Men were first admitted as part of the general student body in 1964.

1970Lindsay Lamson

Male SGA President

In 1970, Lindsay Lamson became UNCG’s first male SGA president.

1971Dorothy Jean Alston thesis abstract

African American Students Awarded Doctorates

The first African American students to receive doctorates from UNCG were Harold Eugene Mazyck, Jr., (Ph.D. in Home Economics) and Dorothy Jean Alston (Ed.D. in Physical Education).

1978Ralph Wilkerson

African American SGA President

Ralph Wilkerson became UNCG’s first African American SGA president in 1978.

1995Chancellor Patricia A. Sullivan

Female Chancellor

Dr. Patricia Sullivan served as UNCG’s ninth chancellor from 1995–2008.

2010Richard Vestal working with the Carl Zeiss ORION PLUS helium-ion-microscope.

Carl Zeiss Orion® Plus Helium-Ion-Microscope

One of only 25 in the world, this instrument enables research in a wide variety of nanobiomedical and nanoenvironmental science areas beyond the limitations of conventional electron microscopy.


African American Chancellor

Dr. Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., is UNCG’s eleventh chancellor. He took office in 2015. Chancellor Gilliam is also the first African American chancellor of a non-HBCU in the UNC System.


Alumni of Distinction

Alumni Awards

The UNCG Alumni Association recognizes alumni for their contributions and service to UNCG, their communities, and their professions with the annual Alumni of Distinction awards.

Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards

Each year UNCG faculty members are recognized for their outstanding teaching with prestigious awards: The UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award, the Mary Settle Sharp Award for Teaching Excellence, the James Y. Joyner Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Anna Maria Gove Award for Teaching Excellence.