Vice Chancellor Callahan has been involved in higher education for over 40 years, with a focus on student affairs administration.
She is a “double alumna.” having earned her Ph.D. in Child Development and Family Relations at UNCG, her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from UNC Chapel Hill, and her bachelor’s degree with honors in Sociology from UNCG.
Prior to her tenure here at UNCG, she worked at Delaware State University as Staff Counselor and Director of Orientation. She joined UNCG Student Affairs in 1979 as Assistant to the Vice Chancellor. Ascending the administrative ranks from that role to Assistant Vice Chancellor to Associate Vice Chancellor, she became Interim Vice Chancellor in 2010. The following year, upon the conclusion of a national search, the “interim” title was removed.
What is she most proud of during her time in leadership of Student Affairs? “More recently, it is the establishment of the Veterans Resource Center, which provides support and guidance for our growing veteran population,” she said. “Over time, there are many things including the establishment of our first Office of Disability Services, now the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services, and the Greek Legacy Endowment, which is funded by Greek alumni and funds leadership development for our current fraternity and sorority members.”
She has taught numerous courses with a particular emphasis on the freshman experience and leadership at Delaware State, Wilmington College and UNCG. Her professional interests include mentoring students and young professionals, managing crises, leadership development, and serving her profession in a variety of ways, most notably the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators which she served as President in 1998-99. She also served as Chair of the NASPA Foundation Board from 2012 to 2014.
She has served as a SACS reaffirmation committee member at various institutions since 1996.
She has served on numerous nonprofit boards, volunteered in a variety of roles across the Greensboro community including service as an emergency services volunteer and instructor for the American Red Cross. She is also a past president of the Junior League of Greensboro, which focuses on women’s leadership development and community engagement. She has received recognition and awards both in her professional work and in her community while also presenting dozens of workshops and professional sessions across the country on a variety of topics related to student affairs, leadership development, fundraising, alcohol education and volunteerism.
In a memo, Dr. Dana Dunn, provost and executive vice chancellor, said, ““Cherry,” as she is known to scores of students, staff, and faculty, has provided exceptional commitment and service to UNCG, her alma mater, for the past 38 years. She will be greatly missed by students and colleagues alike.” The provost detailed the impact she has had not only locally, but nationally.
What does Callahan look forward to most when she retires? “Having more time to spend with family and especially my two daughters, who are incredible professionals in their own right.”
A national search for Callahan’s successor will be led by Dr. Alan Boyette, senior vice provost, with support provided by the Isaacson Miller search firm.