D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

University Archives - Official Papers of Anne Ponder, Chancellor of UNC Asheville, 2005 - 2014

Summary Information

UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives
University Archives - Official Papers of Anne Ponder, Chancellor of UNC Asheville, 2005 - 2014
Date [inclusive]
1.5 Linear feet  ; 3 boxes
General Description
Contains reports, papers, and other documents including one audio file and one DVD. Where known, original file titles have been retained, although some consolidation and removal of duplicate materials has been undertaken. The original order of the files and materials is unknown. Files have been alphabetized and materials arranged chronologically within each file.
Located in Special Collections, Row 1, Section 3

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], University Archives, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804

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Biographical Note

Asheville native, Eleanor Anne Ponder was born on April 26, 1950, and was elected as the sixth chancellor of the University of North Carolina Asheville in May 2005. She took office on October 1, 2005. Dr. Ponder attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned bachelor's (1971), master's (1973), and doctorial (1979), degrees in English.

Dr. Ponder taught at Elon College (1977-1986), and then at Guilford College (1986-1989), before moving to Kenyon College in Ohio, where she served as professor of English and drama, academic dean, and vice president for information technology from 1989 to 1996. From 1996 until she moved to UNC-A, Dr. Ponder had been president of Colby-Sawyer College, NH.

During Dr. Ponder's chancellorship a substantial building program was undertaken, with the Sam Millar Facilities Management Complex (2007), the Janice W. Brumit Pisgah House (2010), the Wilma M. Sherrill Center (2011), and Overlook Hall(2012), opening, and the campus expanded through the purchase of nearby properties. Academic changes included new majors in anthropology, religious studies, jazz and contemporary music, and the start of the UNC-Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy satellite program at Asheville.

On January 16, 2014 Anne Ponder announced that she would retire as chancellor on July 31, 2014, making her the second longest serving chancellor, with only William Highsmith having a longer tenure.

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Scope and Content

This archive holds historically significant official papers of Anne Ponder, Chancellor of UNC Asheville, 2005-2014.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives

Ramsey Library, CPO # 1500
One University Heights
Asheville, North Carolina, 28804-8504

Sensitive Materials Statement

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina Asheville assumes no responsibility.


No restrictions. Any display, publication, or public use must credit the University Archives, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville. Copyright retained by the creators of certain items in the collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.


Some minor accruals may occur.


University of North Carolina Asheville. Anne Ponder.

Processing Information

Processed by Colin Reeve, December 2014

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Collection Inventory

Box 1: Administrative and Subject Files [A-H] 

Academic & Leadership Awards, 2006 

Academic & Leadership Awards, 2007 

Academic & Leadership Awards, 2008 

Academic Affairs, Proposed Organizational Structure, (2006) 

"Alternate Spring Break" to Louisiana, 2008 

Alumni & Development Staff Listing, 2006 

Art Department, 2007 

Asheville-Biltmore College, Letter to Anne Ponder with 1957 Clipping about Location of, 2005 

Asheville Civitan Club, Anne Ponder Presentation to, February 5, 2008 

Board of Governors Visit, 2005 

Board of Trustees, 2005 

Boards Dinner, 2006 & 2007 

Bowles, Erskine, President, UNC, 2005 

Brown Hall, Dedication, 2012 

Buildings, Miscellaneous, 2008-2013 

Chancellor's Medallion, 2006 

Chancellor's Residence, 2005-2007 

Commencement, 2006 

Commencement, 2007-2014 

Community & Economic Development Alliance, Asheville Hub Project, 2008 

Community Connections, 2007-2008 

Convocation, 2005 

Convocation, 2006 

Convocation, 2007-2009 

Convocation, 2010 

Convocation, 2012 

Correspondence, Miscellaneous, 2005-2014 

Counseling Center, 2007 

Design Science Lab, 2006 

Events, Community, 2008-2013 

Events, UNC-A, 2005-2013 

Fernandes, Jane, Provost, 2014 

Founders Day, 2005 

Founders Day / Boards Dinner, 2006 

Founders Day / Boards Dinner/ Family Weekend, 2008 

Honorands Selection, 2011 

Box 2: Administrative and Subject Files [J-W] 

Joint Boards Dinner, 2005 

MLK Breakfast, 2005-2006 

Math Literacy Summit, 2008 

Nesbitt, Senator Martin, Speech at Zeis Hall Dedication 2009 [Audio file on CD] 

NCATE Review, 2005 

NC Bill of RIghts Exhibition, 2007 

NC Center for Creative Retirement, 20th Anniversary, 2008 

NC General Assembly, Western Delegation Visit, 2006 

NC General Assembly, Legislative Day, 2006 

Office of Alumni, 2007-2009 

Ponder, Anne: Appointment as Chancellor, 2005 

Ponder, Anne: Biography 

Ponder, Anne: Distinguished Alumna Award, Chapel Hill, 2007 

Ponder, Anne: Installation, Greetings & Congratulations, 2006 

Ponder, Anne: Installation, Installation Script, 2006 

Ponder, Anne: Installation, Invitations & Program, 2006 

Ponder, Anne: Installation, Processional List, 2006 

Ponder, Anne: Installation, Installation Committee, Bill Massey File, 2006 

Ponder, Anne: Installation, Installation Committee, General, 2006 

Ponder, Anne: Installation, Installation Committee, Sharon Whisenhunt File, 2006 

Ponder, Anne: Installation, Miscellaneous Materials, 2006 

Ponder, Anne: Installation, Office of Public Information, 2006 

Ponder, Anne: Receptions, 2006 

Publications, Marketing, (2006-2007?) 

Sam Millar Facilities Management Complex, Dedication of, 2007 

Scholarship Luncheon, 2006 

Scholarship Luncheon, 2007 

Scholarships, 2006 

Teaching Society for Management Educators Conference, October 2012 

Tennent Park Outdoor Classroom, Dedication of, 2014 

Tree Dedication Ceremonies, 2005-2006 

UNCA Foundation, 2005-2006 

UNCA National Alumni Advisory Council, 2005-2006 

Whatley, Kathy, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, 2006-2008 

Box 3: Chancellor Installation Salutes 

Letters and certificates from universities and colleges, offering congratulations to Anne Ponder on the occasion of her installation as Chancellor of UNC Asheville, September 2006. Most are in certificate holders