D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

University Archives - Official Papers of Samuel Schuman, Chancellor of UNC Asheville, 1991 - 1993

Summary Information

UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives
University Archives - Official Papers of Samuel Schuman, Chancellor of UNC Asheville, 1991 - 1993
Date [inclusive]
2.2 Linear feet ; 2 boxes
General Description
Contains reports, papers, and other documents. The original titles and organization of the files are unknown. The materials in the Administrative and Subject Files are therefore arranged chronologically within alphabetized files rather than reflecting any official organizational framework existing at the university. The materials in Box 2 have not been alphabetized.
Located in Special Collections, Row 1, Section 2 - 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

On May 10, 1991, Samuel Schuman was named as the third chancellor of UNC Asheville. He was born in Chicago, IL and studied at Grinnel College (BA), San Francisco State (MA) and Northwestern (PhD), before embarking on a career teaching English in colleges and universities in Illinois, Indiana and Maine. Immediately prior to moving to Asheville, he was Vice president for Academic Affairs at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.

Although he was chancellor for a relatively short time, it was during Dr. Schuman’s chancellorship that UNC Asheville was officially designated a “Liberal Arts I” campus by the Board of Governors, and programs, such as an African-American Student Colloquium, were created to enhance minority students’ experience on campus.

In August 1993, Dr. Schuman unexpectedly announced that he would not be continuing as chancellor since his “vision….priorities….and administrative style” did “not conform” to the expectations of UNC President C. D. Spangler. After stepping down, he taught English literature before leaving UNCA in May 1995, to become Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean at the University of Minnesota at Morris. He was subsequently appointed chancellor at UMM (2000-2006), and for one year served as the Caruthers Chair Visiting Distinguished Professorship in the Honors College of University of New Mexico, before returning to UNCA, where he held several different part-time roles, including teaching.

Samuel Schuman died November 11, 2014.

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Scope and Content

This archive holds historically significant official papers of Samuel Schuman, Chancellor of UNC Asheville, 1991-1993.

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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 Satement

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.


Accruals are not anticipated


University of North Carolina Asheville. Samuel Schuman.

Processing Information

Initially processed by Special Collections staff, date(s) unknown. Reprocessed by Colin Reeve, November 2014.

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Related Materials

Related Archive

UA3.7.1 Personal Papers of Samuel Schuman, 1991 - 2009

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Collection Inventory

Box 1: Administrative and Subject Files 

Alumni Association, 1991-1992 

Annual Report, 1992 

Asheville-Buncombe Technical College, 1991 

Asheville Institute on General Education, 1992 

Belk Professorship, 1992 

Bond Referendum, November 1993: Clippings 

Bond Referendum, November 1993: Correspondence 

Bond Referendum, November 1993: Publicity Materials 

Book, "University of North Carolina at Asheville...", Publication of, 1990-1993 

Buildings: Miscellaneous, 1991-1992 

Buildings: Proposed Residence Hall, 1991 

Campus Map, 1992 

Campus Security, 1991-1993 

Campus Zoning, 1991-1992 

Capital Campaign, 1993 

Carroll, Roy, Vice President - Planning, UNC General Administration, 1991-1992 

Center for Creative Retirement, 1991-1992 

Chancellor's Christmas Card, 1993 

Chancellor's Club, 1992 

Chancellor's Community Get-Together, 1992 

Chancellorial Portraits Task Force, 1992 

Committees: Intercollegiate Athletics Committee, 1991 

Committees: Memberships, 1991 

Commencement, 1992 

Consultants: Nemko, Martin, Educational Consultant 

Department of Athletics, 1991-1993 

Efland, Jim, Director of Physical Plant, 1991-1994 

Enrollment Services, 1991-1993 

Financial Aid, 1991-1993 

Foley, Arthur P., Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs, 1991 

Fundraising, 1991-1992 

Gifts, 1992 

Goals, 1991-1992 

Graduate Center, 1992 

Grants, 1991-1992 

Holiday Luncheon and Service Awards, 1993 

Honorary Degrees, 1991-1992 

Kellogg Property, 1992-1993 

Legislature, 1991-1993 

Little, William, Vice President - Academic Affairs, UNC General Administration, 1992-1993 

Martin, James G., Governor North Carolina, 1991-1992 

Minority Presence Report, 1991-1993 

Minority Statistics, 1991 

National Endowment for the Humanities, Grant Application Task Force, 1991 

National Endowment for the Humanities, Grant AAward Letter & Guidelines Booklet, 1993 

National Science Foundation, 1991-1993 

NC Arboretum, 1991-1993 

NC Association of Colleges & Universities, 1992 

Office of Institutional Research, 1991-1992 

Outdoor Recreation Program, 1992 

Parents Association, 1992-1993 

Parking, 1992 

Robertson, Wyndham, Vice President - Communications, UNC General Administration, 1993 

Robinson, Richard, Assistant to the President, UNC General Administration, 1991-1992 

Schuman, Samuel: Activities Schedule, 1992 

Schuman, Samuel: Correspondence with Campus Community, 1993 

Schuman, Samuel: Guest Editorial, Asheville Citizen-Times, April 11, 1992 

Schuman, Samuel: Installation, Congratulatory Certificates & Letters, A-E, 1992 

Schuman, Samuel: Installation, Congratulatory Certificates & Letters, F-O, 1992 

Schuman, Samuel: Installation, Congratulatory Certificates & Letters, P-Y, 1992 

Schuman, Samuel: Installation, Installation Committee, 1991-1992 

Schuman, Samuel: Installation, Correspondence, 1991-1992 

Schuman, Samuel: Installation, Invitations, 1991-1992 

Schuman, Samuel: Installation, Program, 1992 

Schuman, Samuel: Installation, Resignation, 1993 

Schuman, Samuel: Speeches, Comments' & Interviews, 1992-1994 

Sister Cities Program, 1991-1992 

Southern Association of Colleges & Schools: Reaffirmation Visit, 1991-1992 

Southern Association of Colleges & Schools: UNC-A Response to Visiting Team Report, 1992 

Spangler, C.D., President, UNC General Administration, 1991-1993 

Student Government, 1992-1993 

Tuition Exchange Program, Proposal for, 1992 

Taylor, Charles, US Representative, 1993 

UNC General Administration, Miscellaneous, 1991 

UNC General Administration: Student Services & Special Programs, 1991-1992 

UNC System: Miscellaneous Correspondence with other UNC Schools, 1991-1992 

UNCA, Reclassification as "Liberal Arts I" University, 1991-1992 

UNCA Foundation, 1991-1993 

Undergraduate Research, 1991-1993 

University Facilities, Use of, 1992 

US Forest Service, 1991-1992 

WCQS Radio, 1991-1993 

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Box 2: Chancellor Installation Salutes 

Letters and certificates from universities and colleges, offering congratulations to Samuel Schuman on the occasion of his installation as Chancellor of UNC-Asheville, April 1992. The materials have not been alphabetized and the majority are in certificate holders. Congratulatory letters not in certificate holders are generally in Box 1. 

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