We congratulate UNC Greensboro for its remarkable 125-year history of nurturing students and uplifting a community. The university, as expected, has evolved and transformed itself since it first opened on Oct. 5, 1892, as State Normal and Industrial School for women.

As much credit goes to founder Dr. Charles D. McIver, a crusader for the cause of women’s education, we now applaud current chancellor Dr. Frank Gilliam Jr. whose cabinet is comprised of nearly 70 percent women.

Gilliam assumed duties as chancellor in September 2015 after having distinguished himself as a faculty member, researcher and top-notch administrator during a career that spans three decades, including senior leadership positions at UCLA.

He has brought an engaging leadership style to a UNCG campus that needed fresh leadership, transparency, and a leader with apparent strengths as a strategic thinker, creative problem solver, and a strong commitment to academic excellence and community partnership.

UNCG has been long noted as an outstanding research institution. Lesser known qualities, however, include its diversity, student-centric initiatives such as the designation as a millennial campus, advocacy work in some of the city’s underserved communities, and the university’s stout athletic programs.

UNCG recently announced two new co-admission agreements with Guilford Technical Community College and Alamance Community College – programs designed to make obtaining a four-year college degree more attainable.

The university also has been recently recognized as a top-performing institution in a report by The Education Trust that examines African American student success rates. UNCG is among eighteen institutions recognized for success in graduating African American students.

The report indicates that many black students encounter financial, academic and social challenges that can make the path to a degree completion more difficult. Closing the gap required addressing inequities within individual institutions, changing enrollment patterns so that selective institutions with higher graduation rates enroll more black students, and improving completion rates at institutions where black students are more likely to attend.

We applaud UNCG for addressing those inequalities.

We would like to thank Jeff Shafer, Eden Bloss, Alyssa Bedrosian and the rest of the university’s marketing and communications team for their assistance in compiling a variety of articles that illustrates that UNCG is one of the top public institutions of higher learning in this region.

As we dedicate this special edition of Black Business Ink to the UNCG, we offer heartfelt congratulations to Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., along with his fine faculty and staff.

The chancellor could not have been more prescient when he said UNCG is “just getting started.”