University of North Carolina at Asheville
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Dr. Anne Ponder, Chancellor

Chancellor Anne Ponder

The University of North Carolina at Asheville Retirees Oral History Collection

 

Title

Dr. Anne Ponder, Chancellor Oral History    (in processing)
Creator Dr. Anne Ponder, Chancellor

Alt. Creator

Interviewer: Deirdre Wiggins, Director of University Retiree Services, NC Center for Creative Retirement

Subject
LCSH:

Ponder, Anne
University of North Carolina at Asheville -- History
Asheville (N.C.) -- History

Subject
Keyword: 

UNCA, Chancellor

Description

Dr. Anne Ponder became the sixth Chancellor of the University of North Carolina Asheville in October 2005.

Publisher

D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville, NC, 28804

Contributor

University of North Carolina at Asheville

Date

Electronic Record Issued: 2010-08-10

Type

Sound ;  Image

Format

Cassette tape ; VHS ; DVD

Identifier

http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/oralhistory/UNCA_retirees/ponder_anne.html

Source

University of North Carolina at Asheville Retirees Oral History Collection, D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Language

English

Relation

University of North Carolina at Asheville University Archives
http://toto.lib.unca.edu/university_archives/default_university_archives.htm

Coverage

 
Rights Any display, publication, or public use must credit the D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville. Copyright retained by the authors of certain items in the collection, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Acquisition

Donor number: 440 ;  Date of acquisition: March 9, 2010

Processed By

Special Collections staff

Interview Date

2010-04-06
Interview Location UNCA

Biography

Chancellor Ponder is a native of Asheville and a lifelong educator. She earned her bachelorís, masterís and doctoral degrees in English from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She began her academic career at Elon College (now Elon University) in North Carolina, where she was the first woman and first pre-tenure professor to receive the Daniels-Danieley Award for Excellence in Teaching. During her nine years at Elon, she taught English and communications, and founded the collegeís Honors Program.

She later joined Guilford College in North Carolina, where she was an associate professor of English and interdisciplinary studies and served as associate academic dean. At Kenyon College in Ohio, she served as professor of English and drama, academic dean, adding Ďvice president for information technology' to her portfolio.

In 1995, she was selected to become president at Colby-Sawyer College, a private liberal arts college in New London, N.H., where she would serve for ten years. Dr. Anne Ponder became the sixth Chancellor of the University of North Carolina Asheville in October 2005.

At UNC Asheville, Chancellor Ponder has led a campuswide collaboration resulting in a five-year Strategic Plan and then implemented an administrative reorganization that focuses University resources on the Strategic Planís highest priorities. As part of that strategy, the UNC Asheville campus now serves as the new national headquarters for the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.    

Chancellor Ponder is a nationally known expert on institutional effectiveness, strategic planning, and fundraising and resource development. She has been a frequent faculty member of Harvard Universityís Institutes for Higher Education, and has written a chapter on strategic planning for the book "Leading Americaís Branch Campuses," edited by Samuel Schuman and published by the American Council on Education.  

In addition to serving the University, Chancellor Ponder is a member of the Mission Hospitals Audit Committee, and the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County Board of Directors. She also serves as a member of the Asheville Community and Economic Development Alliance.  

Chancellor Ponder is the daughter of Eleanor Ponder, and the late Herschel Ponder, both of whom trace their Asheville family roots back to the 1780ís. She is married to Christopher Brookhouse, an award-winning writer and publisher previously on the English faculty at UNC Chapel Hill.

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