Dr. Carol S. Disque will retire June 30 after 14 years as UNCG’s vice chancellor for student affairs.
Disque’s responsibilities at UNCG include oversight of Campus Recreation, Housing and Residence Life, Career Services and Student Health.
Dr. Cheryl (Cherry) M. Callahan, associate vice chancellor for student affairs, will serve as interim vice chancellor for the 2010-2011 academic year.
Disque credits her staff for the positive changes she implemented during her tenure. Enrollment has grown nearly 50 percent, and the student body has become increasingly diverse in race and age, she says.
“We have worked institutionally and in student affairs to become more student-centered, more learner-centered, more multi-culturally competent, and to respond to enrollment growth. The accomplishments that occurred during my time as vice chancellor for student affairs reflect the efforts of a dedicated and very talented student affairs staff, along with many faculty and staff across the whole university. What I am most proud of is the energy and endless creativity of the staff members who work in Student Affairs — not only those who provide administrative leadership and counseling/ programming for students, but also those in web/technology, and assessment/evaluation, and fundraising, and building maintenance, and support roles that help student affairs functions make this university a positive and powerful experience for students.”
Callahan is equally complimentary of Disque as a leader.
“Over her fourteen years of service to UNCG, Carol has enabled and supported her staff in creating new programs and opportunities for students,” Callahan says. “She has always been a cheerleader for her staff and the work that they do. She has also been a strong advocate for students. Those students with whom she has interacted look to Carol with great respect and admiration and they will miss her.
Under Carol’s leadership, the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning – an award winning office – was created and outstanding programs developed,” Callahan notes. “Students have participated in a multitude of local and national community service projects bringing relief to the Hurricane Katrina-devastated area as well as meeting local needs through many community agencies. Most recently, Carol led a comprehensive review of our housing system and developed a strategic plan that will double our current housing inventory. This plan will create new opportunities for student engagement and increase connections across generations of students.”
Disque worked at Ohio University from 1979-1989, serving as director of career planning and placement and as assistant professor of educational leadership. She was dean of students at the College of William and Mary from 1990-1996 before she was hired to fill the UNCG vice chancellor position vacated by the retiring James H. Allen.
Her move to UNCG signaled a homecoming for Disque, who lived in Jamestown as a teenager and graduated from Ragsdale High School. She is also a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University and from 1976-79 was director of placement and career development at Wake Forest University.
As an undergraduate at Duke, Disque majored in English and psychology. She holds an MEd in counselor education and a PhD in education from the University of Virginia.
Under Disque’s leadership several new programs emerged, including the Student Employment Office; several living learning communities including Grogan College, LEAD, and Make a Difference House; the Office for Adult Students; the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning; Team QUEST; the Multicultural Resource Center; the Dean of Students Office; Campus Activities and Programs Office; Parent and Family Programs; and UNCG Cares.
Improvements to facilities under the stewardship of Student Affairs have included the Aycock Auditorium renovation; Elliott University Center renovation and expansion; the Library-EUC Connector, Gove Health Center renovation and expansion; outdoor recreation improvements including the Recreation Field, outdoor trail and courts, Piney Lake and Team QUEST facilities. Millions of dollars in repair and improvement projects have been invested to improve the safety and functionality of the residence halls, such as card key access, fire sprinkler systems and wired/wireless information technology access. New construction has included the Spring Garden Apartments, a 400-student residence hall, and planning is underway for a new indoor recreation center.
“Vice Chancellor Disque has led the Division of Student Affairs during a period of significant growth in student numbers and diversity,” says Provost David H. Perrin. “UNCG’s reputation as a student-centered university is in no small part a result of Carol’s dedicated and tireless leadership. She has overseen the creation of several nationally acclaimed programs and improvement to many of our facilities. We will miss Carol’s expertise and leadership.”