UNC System President Margaret Spellings visited Greensboro last Wednesday for a special State of the University Address that highlighted the system’s four Triad area universities: UNCG, N.C. A&T State University, Winston-Salem State University and UNC School of the Arts.
The event, which took place at the Union Square Campus in downtown Greensboro, was the fifth of eight stops as part of Spellings’ spring State of the University Tour.
The tour serves as a “progress report” for the system, which includes 17 public institutions across the state.
Spellings highlighted the achievements of the system as a whole, including improved graduation rates, a $300 million increase in annual research funding and tuition rates that have remained flat or have decreased for students.
“We are getting stronger every day. But it’s no cause for complacency,” she said. “I like to say we’re pleased, but not satisfied.”
Spellings discussed three key issues for the system: economic mobility, accountability and public good. The president praised UNCG for its contribution and commitment to these issues, including the new Moss Street Partnership School and the growing number of co-admission programs with regional community colleges.
The address concluded with a call to make a difference – to shape the region, the state and beyond.
“It’s up to us to show that public institutions are a great ally in the effort to make a better world,” Spellings said. “That public service is honorable and effective. That trust in our fellow citizens, and faith in the country that unites us, is vital to any real vision of progress.”
By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane