Dr. Nancy Vacc, former UNCG professor, has made a planned gift in the amount of $725,000 to establish the Vacc Women’s Golf Scholarship Endowment for the women’s golf program. As the second largest overall gift and the largest planned gift ever received by UNCG Athletics, the Vacc Women’s Golf Endowment will provide the value of a full out of state scholarship for Women’s Golf on an annual basis.
Women’s golf has a rich history at UNCG and participation in the sport dates back to before the university had an officially recognized intercollegiate athletics department. Notable players from the past include former LPGA players Marge Burns, Jenny Gleason, World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Carol Mann, H.B. MacArthur, and Becky Morgan, among others.
Vacc has a long history of supporting UNCG. In 2004, she gave, in memory of her late husband Dr. Nicholas Vacc, the Bell Tower at Anniversary Plaza as well as funds for landscaping the area. The area is now known as the Vacc Bell Tower and Plaza on the south end of College Avenue.
Dr. Nancy Vacc, after completing her doctorate in curriculum and teaching at UNCG, joined the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1987. She received the UNCG School of Education Teaching Excellence Award in 1998. Her husband, Nicholas, taught at UNCG for 23 years and served as head of the Department of Counseling and Educational Development from 1986 to 1996.
“UNCG was such a special place for Nicholas and me,” said Dr. Nancy Vacc. “I am pleased to be able to provide support for future generations of wonderful student-athletes who play the game of golf at UNCG.”
Other funds at the university in the name of this generous couple are the Nancy Nesbitt Vacc Doctoral Fellowship in Elementary Education, the Nicholas A. and Nancy N. Vacc Distinguished Professorship, and the Nicholas A. Vacc Doctoral Fellowship in Counselor Education.
By Matt McCollester
Photo of Dr. Vacc in December 2015, by Martin W. Kane