• Mary K. Grant

September 19, 2015

About the Installation

The Installation of UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary K. Grant will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, in Kimmel Arena, followed by a picnic on the Quad. UNC Asheville will also present special events and activities the week of Sept. 12, including music, discussions, presentations, open classes, and campus tours. The Installation Ceremony and special events will be free and open to the public.

Please return to this site regularly for updates regarding the installation ceremony and celebration. 

Chancellor Grant

Mary K. Grant, Ph.D., was appointed UNC Asheville’s seventh chancellor in August 2014 and began leadership of UNC Asheville in January 2015. Previously, she served for 12 years as president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), in North Adams, Massachusetts.

A leader in the public liberal arts, Grant oversaw growth in enrollment at MCLA, strengthened the connections between the college and the community and launched the college's first comprehensive capital campaign.

Grant is a passionate advocate for public higher education, civic engagement and community service. For her longstanding efforts and contributions, she received the 2014 MCLA Distinguished Alumnus Award, and received the 2014 New England Board of Higher Education's (NEBHE) Massachusetts State Merit Award. She is the recipient of the 2011 American Council on Education Massachusetts National Network of Women Leaders Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2011 Francis H. Hayden Award from the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce. In 2010, she received the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District I Executive Leadership Award in recognition of her success in increasing MCLA's institutional stature in, and service to, the community. During her tenure as MCLA’s 11th president, the college joined the Massachusetts State University System and was designated a top 10 public liberal arts college by U.S. News and World Report, joining UNC Asheville on this prestigious list.

News and Highlights

Installation Events

  1. Monday, September 14, 2015

    12-1:30 pm, Quad

    Kick-off Event and Founders Day Celebration

    Eat ice cream on the Amazing Cycle and help us break the world-record for biggest selfie! Celebrate Founders Day with cupcakes and view UNC Asheville’s history in exhibit at Ramsey Library's Blowers Gallery.


    11 am and 12:30 pm, Lipinsky Hall, Room 018

    Drumming Workshops featuring Ra-Kalam Bob Moses and Jason Marsalis

    Two world-class drummers present clinics in UNC Asheville's Music Department.


    6-7:30 pm, Humanities Lecture Hall

    Panel Discussion on Liberal Arts Education

    Join WCQS News Director, David Hurand, as he moderates a faculty and alumni panel discussion on the intellectual impact of the Liberal Arts. Light reception follows.

  2. Tuesday, September 15, 2015

    12-1 pm, Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall

    Panel Discussion on Undergraduate Research and the World
    Faculty and their students discuss the impact of collaborative research.

    6-8 pm, YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market Street, Asheville

    Celebrating Community and Community Partnerships Reception
    Co-hosted with the YMI, join this festive gathering in honor of Installation week.

  3. Thursday, September 17, 2015

    12-1 pm, Whitman Room, Ramsey Library

    The Next Chapter: A Literary Celebration in Honor of Our New Chancellor

    A creative writing presentation featuring faculty, students and alumni.


    2-5 pm, Owen Hall, Sculpture Patio

    Raku Kiln Firing Demonstration

    Join Associate Professor, Megan Wolfe, and students for a lively demonstration of raku firing. This low-fire ceramics technique produces unpredictable patterns and vibrant colors.


    8:30-11 pm, Lookout Observatory


    UNC Asheville’s Lookout Observatory will host a free public star viewing session. Pre-registration for this event is required, visit lookoutobservatory.unca.edu beginning at noon, Sept. 8th.

  4. Friday, September 18, 2015

    2-4:30 pm, Quad

    Festival on the Quad

    "We Are Changing the World Expo"-Join the Festival on the Quad to find out what students and our community partners are doing to “Change the World”. Music, yard games and snacks offer an afternoon of activities for the whole family.


    3-5 pm, Rhoades Robinson Hall, Rooms 103 and 106

    Model Classroom Sessions

    Join UNC Asheville faculty members for a variety of 30 minute lectures ranging from Human Rights to Moonshine. Faculty members include Leah Mathews, Rick Chess, Mark Gibney, Dan Pierce, Bert Holmes, Brian Butler, Merritt Moseley and Ted Meigs. A full listing of the classroom sessions can be found here.


    4-6 pm, Second Floor Lobby, Zeis Hall

    New Media Opening Reception

    The New Media Department will host an opening reception for their annual student show. The show will feature student work in Animation, Video Art, Installation and Interactive Design.


    5-7 pm, Various Locations

    Dine on Campus

    Stop by one of UNCA's many wonderful dining options for dinner in-between the festival and the evening concert.


    7:15-8:45 pm, Quad

    Concert featuring UNC Asheville Music Faculty
    UNC Asheville Music Faculty presents a contemporary and jazz program headlined by Bill Bares on piano. The concert features Melodie Galloway on vocals, Michael Holstein on bass, Justin Watt on drums and Steve Alford on saxophone. Seating available; rain or shine.

  5. Saturday, September 19, 2015

    10-11:30 am, Kimmel Arena, Wilma M. Sherrill Center

    Installation Ceremony of UNC Asheville’s 7th Chancellor, Mary K. Grant

    12-1:30 pm, Quad

    Reception & Picnic

    A celebration with food and music immediately following the ceremony.


    2-3 pm, Various Classrooms

    Model Classroom Sessions

    Join UNC Asheville faculty members for a variety of 50-minute lectures ranging from honey bees to superheroes. A full listing of the classroom sessions can be found here.


    7-9 pm, Outdoor Greenwood Soccer Field

    Women's Soccer Game

    UNC Asheville v. USC Upstate. Tickets available at the gate.


  6. Week Long Events

    Donation Drive Benefiting Area Afterschool Programs

    Campus Walking Tour, Visitors Lot, P17, UNC Asheville Campus

    UNC Asheville’s History Display, Ramsey Library

    Carol Prusa Art Exhibit, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Owen Hall

    International Photography Exhibit, 2nd Floor Gallery, Owen Hall

    Art Exhibit, Highsmith Intercultural Gallery


The following hotels offer discounts for UNC Asheville guests and visitors.

  • Residence Inn Biltmore: $129, (828) 281-3361, mention the UNCA Family and Friends Rate
  • Biltmore Village Lodge: $103, (828) 277-1800, mention the UNCA Family and Friends Rate

A portion of the proceeds from your stay will be donated to UNC Asheville.



Chancellor's Office, 828.251.6500