The Installation of Nancy J. Cable, Ph.D

♪ [bagpipe music] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪>>Interim President Dr. William
Roper: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen
and welcome to the University of North
Carolina at Asheville. I’m Bill Roper, and I’m
privileged to serve as the Interim President
of the UNC System. Today is a day of
much excitement, and it’s an honor and a great
personal privilege to preside over the Installation of a truly
great leader in higher education and a deeply passionate
individual, Dr. Nancy J. Cable. As the 8th Chancellor of
this great university, she is carrying on the legacy of
an institution that has a rich history in Asheville
and the region. It’s an institution that
has produced some of North Carolina’s and the
nation’s finest educators, business leaders,
and thought leaders. As we begin today’s ceremony,
please remain standing as Dr. Eboo Patel, founder and
president of Interfaith Youth Core, provides this
afternoon’s invocation. Following that invocation, the
UNC Asheville University Chorale and UNC Asheville Singers with
the UNCA Percussion Ensemble will give a musical
presentation.>>Dr. Eboo Patel: [indistinct]
In the creation story in Islam, we are taught that God creates
humankind by picking up a lump of clay and giving it his breath
and thereby creates Adam, the first human being,
the ancestor of us all. God gives Adam a particular
responsibility: he is to be [indistinct], servant
and representative, the steward of God’s
diverse creation. God gives Adam a particular
gift: the ability to tell the true names of
creation’s diversity. It is a gift that God does
not give to the angels, who only have the gift to sing
the glory of God’s own name. It sounds to me like God
had in mind the creation of a university dedicated
to the liberal arts. What else do we do at an
institution like this but pursue truth in its manifold diversity? What else do we do in an
institution like this but pursue discovery so that we can come
up with the correct names of things? What else do we do but
try to be good stewards. Truly servants and
representatives. I think that this is a special
moment because the liberal arts are principally about what it
means to nurture the whole of people’s selves for the whole of
their lives for the sake of the whole of the world. This is an institution dedicated
to that and it now has a leader also dedicated
to that mission. I will close with this thought:
all prayer has 2 basic themes: thank you and help. So, let us say ‘thank you”
for this great institution, for the opportunity to continue
a tradition like the liberal arts, to be able to focus on
nurturing the whole of the selves of young people, for
the whole of their lives for the good of the whole
world. And help. Help us as a community
help this new chancellor, Nancy Cable, achieve the
aspiration of this institution’s mission and of the tradition of
the liberal arts. Thank you.>>UNCA Chorale and Asheville
Singers with the Percussion
Ensemble: [sing – Let the River
Run] [upbeat percussion rhythms]
Coming to the edge
Running on the water
Coming to the edge
Running on the water
Coming to the edge
Running on the water
Coming to the edge
Running on the water
Running, running Running,
running, coming to the
– Running, running Running,
running, coming to the –
Run, run, run, run
Running on the water
Run, run, run, run
Running on the water
Water, running on the water
Water, running on the water
Let the river run
Let all the dreamers
Wake the nation Come,
the New Jerusalem
Silver cities rise
The morning lights
The streets that meet them
Sirens call them on
With a song It’s
asking for the taking
Trembling, shaking
Oh, my heart is aching
We’re coming to the edge
Running on the water
Coming through the fog
Your sons and daughters
Let the river run
Let all the dreamers
Wake the nation Come,
the New Jerusalem
Silver cities rise
The morning lights
the streets that meet them
Sirens call them on
With a song Coming
to the edge
Running on the water
Coming to the edge
Running on the water[applause]>>Interim President William
Roper: Thank you. Please be seated. Today’s ceremony is a
time for reflection, for celebration,
and anticipation. We’ve gathered as a university
family to celebrate UNC Asheville’s proud history and
acknowledge the critical and growing role it plays in
this region and statewide. We celebrate, with Chancellor
Cable and with the larger UNC Asheville community,
the new beginning that this
ceremony heralds. Dr. Cable is the right person to
lead UNC Asheville today and in the years ahead. She stands firmly for academic
excellence and student success. She’s absolutely passionate
about improving lives and communities through
higher education. Just after eight months, she
has already demonstrated this vision, commitment, and energy
that this institution will need as it continues its
pursuit of excellence. UNC Asheville, you’re
in very good hands. I now have the distinct honor of
introducing Mr. Kennon Briggs, Chair of the UNC Asheville
Board of Trustees, to bring greetings
from that board.>>Kennon Briggs:
Well good afternoon!>>[audience]: Good afternoon.>>Kennon Briggs: [laughs]
Thank you President Roper for the introduction. On behalf of the UNC
Asheville Board of Trustees, it is my great pleasure and my
privilege to bring greetings today as we celebrate the
installation of Chancellor Nancy J. Cable. Before I begin, I would like to
take a moment and recognize the many special guests who have
joined us for this occasion. We’re certainly delighted that
members of Chancellor Cable’s family are present here today
to share this special day. In particular, I want to
recognize her daughter Gretchen Cable Wells,
her brother Davis. J. Cable and his wife Libby Cable,
and her good friend Jon Wells. Welcome. [applause] There are also obviously
other notable guests with us today whom I also
would like to recognize. Many members of governing bodies
that support and lend to this great public institution
tremendous support and they are here joining us. I’m going to ask – call them and
ask them to stand and I would ask that you please hold
your applause until we have recognized them all. So, when I call you, please
stand and be recognized. Will all federal, state
and local elected officials, or representatives from
their office, please stand? Will all members of the UNC
Board of Governors please stand? Will former UNC
Asheville Chancellors, as well as current and former
members of my colleagues, the UNC Asheville Board of
Trustees, please stand? I also want to recognize the
many individuals that volunteer their time, their treasure,
their gifts and many other things with this university, by
serving as members of the UNC Asheville Foundation, The
Bulldog Athletic Association, the UNC Asheville Alumni
Board of Directors and the National
Parents Council. If you currently serve or have
served in the past on one of these boards, please
stand. Wow. Just hold. There’s more! [laughter] Will chancellors and
representatives from our sister institutions in the University
of North Carolina System please stand? Will presidents and
representatives from other institutions of higher education
throughout North Carolina, throughout the United States
and abroad, as well as delegates
from Learned Societies, fellow educators and other
individuals representing professional and service
organizations please stand? I would also like to thank those
who have joined us today to share the gift of music,
which you’ve just enjoyed. Choir Director Chuck Taft, UNC
Asheville Percussion Ensemble director Matthew Richmond,
members of the UNC Asheville University Chorale,
Asheville Singers, and other performers including
the brass quintet and bagpipe player, will you all
please stand and be recognized. Thank you all for
being with us today! Let’s give each other
a round of applause. [applause] I once heard if there’s anyone
that has not been recognized to please stand. We’re
happy to do that now. [laughter] I would also like to acknowledge
that many community leaders, teachers, UNC Board members,
Board of Governor members, and members of
other trustee boards across the state couldn’t
attend today’s ceremony, but they have offered and
send forward their support and encouragement to
this great event. Now, before I continue
with the program, co-chair of the Board of
Trustees Rick Lutovsky and I had the privilege of chairing the
search committee that brought to this great public liberal arts
institution Nancy J. Cable. Chancellor, it is your
leadership that is so apparent and already present in this
great community and in this great institution. You’re supported by a number of
individuals gathered here today and groups who serve as partners
for and advocates with you for this great institution on
behalf of the university. They include state
government executives, community leaders,
university administrators, colleagues, students, students,
faculty, and staff. Also, alumni are present today. You know Chancellor, I knew from
the moment that I met you that I was seeing the
future of UNC Asheville. Rick and I talked about
that many, many hours. Nancy Cable is caring,
brilliant, tirelessly energetic, fiercely devoted to the public
liberal arts and sciences education that stands at the
very core of this institution’s mission that’s chartered
by the Board of Governors. Over the past eight months, it’s
been my distinct pleasure at times to work with her
and witness first-hand her dedication. The first eight months have been
anything but easy at times for Chancellor Cable we
would acknowledge, but she has displayed grace and
strength and leadership in every instance she’s been
faced with thus far. Most of all, she’s
dedicated to the faculty, staff and students
of this institution. We have witnessed that. I’ve also been impressed with
her commitment to Asheville – the Asheville-Buncombe and
greater community and throughout Western North Carolina. She has a genuine interest in
building relationships with people and institutions, and I
think that when you meet her, if you have not, that will
become apparent immediately. It’s true that UNC Asheville has
a strong leader in Chancellor Cable, but it has a
caring leader as well. And I know that she will
continue to lead this great institution forward in a way
that improves the lives ofallmembers of the community,
not just the faculty, staff and students of
this great institution, but all members
of the community. We’re not only installing UNC
Asheville’s chancellor today, but Asheville’s chancellor
and the public liberal arts university chancellor of
North Carolina, if you will. I can tell you we
are in good hands. It’s now my honor to welcome
other members of the platform party to bring you
greetings on this, again, special day. First, Governor Pearl
Burris-Floyd will bring greetings on behalf of the Board
of Governors of the University of North Carolina System. Governor Burris-Floyd will
be followed by Richard Sneed, Principal Chief of the Eastern
Band of the Cherokee Indians, with whom we dedicated a special
space yesterday in the Highsmith Student Union, and he’ll
be bringing greetings on behalf of the tribe. Principal Chief Sneed will be
followed by Senator Terry Van Duyn, bringing greetings from
the state of North Carolina and the North Carolina
General Assembly. And then she will be followed by
County Commissioner and former UNC Asheville Board Chair,
Al Whitesides, who will bring greetings on
behalf of Buncombe County. Finally, City of Asheville mayor
Esther Manheimer will bring greetings on behalf of the city. So now I would like to –
excuse me. Pardon me. Mayor Manheimer will be
followed by Fredrick Lawrence, who will bring greetings
on behalf of Phi Beta Kappa Society, the oldest and most
prestigious honor society in the United States. Now I’d like to welcome
to the podium, Governor Burris-Floyd please. [applause]>>Secretary Pearl Burris-
Floyd: Good afternoon!>>[Audience]: Good afternoon.>>Secretary Pearl Burris-Floyd:
It is indeed a pleasure and an honor to stand before this
august body and to bring you greetings on behalf of
the UNC Board of Governors. I’m honored to serve as
the secretary to that board. And on behalf of our Interim
President and the Chair of the Board, Harry Smith, I’m
the chosen one to come and speak to you today. It is a pleasure also, to be
among this proud community, and I’m reminded how good and
how pleasant it is when we come together in unity. This is a unified community and
I am certainly proud to be here. The history of this community
and this institution is rich and it has a bright future ahead. Last June, when the Board of
Governors convened to elect a new chancellor
for UNC Asheville, we heard from then
President Spellings. She spoke of Dr. Cable as
being an exceptional blend of expertise, leadership and
grace at all levels of public higher education. In her strength and leadership,
we saw a new vision for UNC Asheville emerge and we continue
to see that this academic year Dr. Cable performed
exceptionally well. I had the pleasure of serving
on her interview team and we instantly bonded as we shared
smiles and as she told of her vision about what she wanted
to do if she became chancellor. Now that “if” has
turned into a “when”, and those of you who have gotten
to know her understand why she was our number
one choice. We have no doubt
that the students, faculty, staff, and surrounding
community will reach new heights under her leadership. This assembly of state,
local and national officials, alongside representatives from
the UNC system is also happy to be a part of this
presentation. You are not just in
charge of a university, you are in charge
of molding lives, blending communities, and doing
the best that can be done in this season. Chancellor Cable,
you are the queen, not just for today, but for as
long as you desire to be here and to reign with
success, with dignity, compassion and love
here in Asheville, for this faculty, the students,
this community and this region. We thank you for accepting
this challenge. [applause]>>Principal Chief Sneed:
[speaking Cherokee] I bid you greetings and welcome on
behalf of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. I was asked to speak today on
the unique relationship that exists between the Eastern
Band of Cherokee Indians and the University of North
Carolina at Asheville. I think it’s important to
express a little bit of history to really understand the
relationship that we have. For centuries prior
to European contact, tribal nations existed
on these lands. They had complex
systems of government, complex religious systems,
complex social systems, and complex
systems of trade. After contact, the struggle to
maintain these systems became a daily ordeal for
native people. The response of the Cherokees
to this struggle to maintain our traditions and our culture and
our way of life is depicted in a sculpture that exists at
our museum in Cherokee. The sculpture is 3-sided with
each side displaying a relief of a Cherokee person. The figures represent our
people’s response to the encroachment and the
oppression of our way of life. The first figure is a Cherokee
warrior with his tomahawk raised ready to destroy
his enemy. Our ancestors fought, bled and
died to defend our way of life, but the Europeans
kept coming. War was not
the solution. The second figure is
a Cherokee person, slumped over and weeping,
demonstrating the suffering and the removal that our
people went through. We were broken and yet we
would endeavor to persevere. But suffering was
not the solution. The third figure depicts a
Cherokee man in European attire holding a book. Our ancestors learned that the
way we would survive and remain as a people was through
education and knowledge and wisdom. We would learn the ways of the
white man and his government while simultaneously embracing
our culture and our tradition and our ways. The relationship that the
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has with the university is in
keeping with a strong tradition of developing leaders
through education. I’m very grateful to the
university for demonstrating honor and respect for the
Cherokee people through the Cherokee studies program and to
Dr. Trey Adcock for creating a sense of tribal community
here on campus for our enrolled member students and to
Chancellor Cable and to her staff for creating
a gathering place,To Ki Ya Sdi, a room that honos
the rich Cherokee history that exists in this region and
on the land upon which the university is built. I’m confident that under the
leadership of Chancellor Cable, the partnership between the
university and the tribe will only continue to
flourish and to grow, to the benefit of our Cherokee
students and to the university. [speaks Cherokee] Thank you
and peace until we meet again. [applause]>>Senator Terry Van
Duyn: President Roper, Board of Governors,
Trustees, Distinguished guests, students, faculty and staff – I
am Senator Terry Van Duyn and it is my pleasure to bring
greetings from the State of North Carolina. The North Carolina Constitution
asserts the right to education for the people of the
State of North Carolina. In fact, Article IX, Section
9 of the North Carolina State Constitution requires that
the General Assembly provide, and I quote, that “the benefits
of the University of North Carolina and other
public institutions of higher education, as far
as practicable, be extended to the people of the
State free of expense.” One of the joys of public service is
getting to work with the UNC System to uphold this
constitutional right of the people to the
university system. I am fortunate enough to have
UNC Asheville as a distinguished gem in the crown
of the UNC System. UNC Asheville is an
asset to this city, it is an asset to this region
and it is an asset to our state – producing an economic impact
of almost half a billion dollars annually. This is a place of ideas and
innovation – where you can enjoy a lecture from a national
speaker or a lesson on the water jet at the STEAM Studio. UNC Asheville holds a
special place in my heart. I served on the University’s
Foundation Board of Directors prior to my running for office. During my service on the Board I
learned about the students and their amazing abilities. I now have the opportunity to
work with some of these students in the community and they are a
real joy and a wealth of talent. Asheville is offering these
students a cross-disciplinary education that prepares them for
the jobs that we don’t even know about yet. It is a great privilege for me
to offer greetings and welcome to Nancy J. Cable. I’ve had the opportunity to
spend some time with Chancellor Cable during her first eight
months here and I know she will be a transformational
leader for UNC Asheville. I look forward to our continued
work together in service of the people of North Carolina. Congratulations on your
installation as the 8th Chancellor of UNC Asheville. [applause]>>Commissioner Al Whitesides:
President Roper, platform guests,
students, faculty, guests, and friends
– good afternoon. It is indeed an honor for me
to bring greetings from the Buncombe County Commissioners
and the 260,000 residents of Buncombe County. The University of North Carolina
at Asheville is one of the most important entities
in our county. The students, faculty, staff,
and administrators all contribute to our quality of
life that makes Asheville one of the most sought
out places to live, and one of the top tourist
destinations in our country. I had the pleasure of being a
member of the search committee that recommended Nancy Cable be
hired as our 8th – as our 8th – I found it – chancellor. [laughter] It was obvious to me early
in our deliberations that Chancellor Cable has
skills, expertise, and leadership style to build on
the foundation of our previous chancellors, and to carry
the university to new heights. The University of North Carolina
at Asheville and Buncombe County have had a successful
partnership long before we were part of the
University system. We have also benefited from the
talents of many University of North Carolina at Asheville
graduates as employees, commissioners, and volunteers
on important county committees. Our newest County
Commissioner, Amanda Edwards, who was elected in
November of 2018, is a proud UNC Asheville
graduate and we are proud to have her on our team. Dr. Cable, Buncombe County
welcomes you as the 8th Chancellor of the university,
and we look forward to giving you the support and expertise
of all of our commissioners, and our 1,500 county employees. Thank you and we look
forward to working with you. [applause]>>Mayor Esther Manheimer:
Good afternoon. On behalf of the
City of Asheville, I would like to congratulate
Chancellor Cable and UNC Asheville on this
special occasion. I bring greetings from the City
of Asheville as well as from our City Manager, Debra
Campbell, and our City Council. Some of which are sitting
here in the audience. Installations are a time of
pomp and circumstance, which is a lot of fun. It is a time for a university
community to come together and recognize new leadership. And it is also a time to
voice a collective vision for the future. Thank you for inviting me to be
a part of this exciting day for UNC Asheville and
the City of Asheville. Universities play a vital
role in building and shaping community. UNC Asheville
strives to fulfill this role, and, as a result, brings
a richness to our city. For the Asheville community,
this university serves as a facilitator of cultural
enrichment and provides a forum for challenging conversations. At the same time, UNC Asheville
successfully fosters innovation and entrepreneurship. And I would argue that, in fact,
the two roles go hand in hand. The same people, students
and faculty that overflow with innovation, ingenuity,
and creativity, that will build the
economy of tomorrow, also demand that we continue to
grow as a society by exploring concepts such as
our own prejudices, and inequitable institutions and
traditional ways of doing things that might not best
serve all people. Therefore, we – Asheville –
Buncombe County and Western North Carolina, are fortunate
to have this gem that is UNC Asheville, here, in the
heart of western North Carolina, always striving and pushing for
more by creating better ways of learning, living and growing. I am thrilled to officially
welcome Chancellor Cable to Asheville and Buncombe
County, Al. [laughter] Her deep commitment to the
university, its students, faculty and staff and to
our community is already overwhelmingly apparent. Now I want to tell you that a
chancellor can change your life. A chancellor changed my life
because former chancellor Dave Brown, sitting right here in the
front row hired my dad in 1988, and so it’s his fault
that I’m here today. [laughs] He changed my life. So I am excited for the future
of UNC Asheville and I look forward to Chancellor
Cable’s leadership, and I especially, personally,
look forward to continuing to work with her.
Thank you. [applause]>>Fredrick Lawrence:
It is an enormous honor to bring greetings on behalf of
colleges, universities, and learned societies, and most
especially my own Phi Beta Kappa Society, 500,000
members worldwide, including 17 United
States presidents, 41 Supreme Court Justices,
140 or more Nobel Laureates, and as of now, the
Chancellor of UNC Asheville. [laughter] We are delighted to have
one of our own installed as chancellor of this
remarkable university. Now it has almost
become a cliché, these days, to say that it’s
never been harder to be a chancellor or a president,
but in truth it’s always been a challenge. There’s a story told of a
chancellor of a hypothetical university who had nearly
completed her first year, when she got a phone call
from the editor in chief of the student paper who said that
the editor wanted to shadow the chancellor for a day. Well the chancellor said, “This
happens to be the day you picked is the one day of the entire
year that I’m taking off. It’s my first vacation day
in a year.” The student, as students will, sorry, says,
“That’s the only day I can do it.” So, the chancellor
said, “Ok, but that’s what you’re gonna get.” So, they went out on the
chancellor’s day off, which included going fishing. And they’re out in
the middle of the lake, the chancellor opens
her tackle box and says, “I left my bait
back on shore.” So, the students says, “What do
we do now?” The chancellor puts her finger up, gets out of the
boat, walks across the water, [laughter] goes back, gets her bait,
walks across the water, gets in the boat, and
continues fishing. The next day, headline
on the student paper. “Chancellor can’t swim.” [laughter] Get ready Nancy. [laughter] UNC Asheville is a
groundbreaking university as a public liberal arts university. Your strategic plan claims
as an essential goal, as a major goal to solidify the
university’s distinctive role as a, I’m quoting now, “nationally
recognized leader of the public liberal arts and a model of
how graduates of a liberal arts institution have an
impact on society. This is not an easy time for
higher education generally or the liberal arts in particular. It is a time of crisis
of public trust, of public confidence, and
questions as to the very relevance of the
liberal arts. But you have had the good
judgement to select a chancellor who understands that the essence
of the liberal arts is to prepare us for a
meaningful life, for a productive life,
and for an engaged life. A meaningful life, in the sense,
that when we ask the questions as we must: What does it
mean to live a good life? What does it mean to
build a good society? We don’t ask those
questions alone. We ask them in a context of
millenia of others who have asked this question. So, we are in dialogue
with Plato and Aristotle, with Kant and with Mills. The great Harold Blum said, “We
read imaginative fiction because we can’t know enough
other people.” And so, when we read fiction, we
are finding our worlds opened to us by the likes of
Shakespeare and Milton, Herman Melville and Henry
James, Emily Dickinson and George Elliot, Toni Morrison
and James Baldwin. We are not alone when we ask
the questions that we must. And so, the liberal arts
prepares us for a meaningful life, but the liberal arts
also prepares us for a productive life. And let me be clear, when I say
a productive life I don’t mean that in the abstract, I mean
it in the very concrete. Jen Straud-Rossman, who is the
department head of mechanical engineering at Lafayette
College was once asked, “What is the central element,
the most important element for an engineer?” And while you
think that she must have said multivariable calculus or
physics or space visualization or geometry, you know
what she said? She said empathy. Empathy.
She said, “We build stuff. How will you know how to build
it if you don’t know who you’re building it for?” And so, engineers need a
liberal arts education. Or think about Facebook. Who amongst us thinks that the
challenges facing Facebook today will be solved by more
and better coders? They have wonderful coders, and
perhaps more than they know what to do with. The challenges facing
Facebook will be solved, if at all, by ethicists
and philosophers, by social psychologists
and sociologists, by political scientists
and by historians. And it won’t just make
them a nicer company, it will make them a more
productive company. And so, the liberal arts
prepares us for a productive life as well. But it also makes us prepared
for an engaged life as citizens. Liberals arts graduates register
to vote at a higher level and vote at a higher level, which
is only one way of measuring engagement in society. But I note how many of your
graduates from this institution have wound up in my hometown
of Washington, D .C. and were the anchors of the
extraordinary Fall networking trip that you had for
undergraduates going to Washington. And so, the experience
here prepares for not only a meaningful life, but
a productive life, and an engaged life. The work ahead is
great for Nancy, for all of you here today,
indeed for our entire society. You know it’s said of the
great Eleanor Roosevelt, who joyfully wrote about
her time here in Asheville, that it is better to light
one candle than to sit and curse the darkness. You all have brought a great
candle lighter to this campus. Together, may you all bring
a great light to the world. God bless you all. [applause]>>Kennon Briggs: Thank you
all very much, thank you. And now Choir Director Chuck
Taft from the UNC Asheville music department will direct the
choir in a musical interlude. So, let’s enjoy
that music, please.>>UNCA Chorale and Asheville
Singers featuring Christine Boone, Pamela Miller, and Simone
Vigilante: [singing –All of Us] ♪ [slow piano] ♪ ♪ [slow piano] ♪What could be the song?
Where begin again?
Who could meet us there?
Where might we begin?
From the shadows climb,
Rise to sing again;
Where could be the joy?
How do we begin?
Never our despair,
Never the least of us,
Never turn away,
Never hide your face;
Ordinary boy,
Only all of us,
Free us from our fear,
Only all of us.
♪ [piano] ♪What could be the song?
Where begin again?
Who could meet us there?
Where might we begin?
From the shadows climb,
Rise to sing again;
Where could be the joy?
How do we begin?
Never our despair,
Never the least of us,
Never turn away,
Never hide your face;
Ordinary boy, Only all of
us, Free us from our fear.
Only in the Love,
Love that lifts us up,
Clear from out the heart
From the mountain’s side,
Come creation come,
Strong as any stream;
How can we let go?
How can we forgive?
How can we be dream?
How can we be dream?
How can we be dream?
How can we be dream?
Out of heaven, rain,
Rain to wash us free;
Rivers flowing on,
Ever to the sea;
Bind up every wound,
Every cause to grieve;
Always to forgive,
Only to believe.
Most noble Light,
Creation’s face,
How should we live
but joined in you,
Remain within your saving grace
Through all we say and do
And know we are the Love that
moves The sun and all the stars?
O Love that dwells, O Love
that burns In every human heart.
Only in the Love,
Love that lifts us up!
Only in the Love,
Love that lifts us up!
This evergreen,
this heart, this soul,
Now moves us to
remake our world,
Reminds us how we are to be
Your people born to dream;
How old this joy,
how strong this call,
To sing your radiant
care With every voice,
in cloudless hope Of
our belonging here.
Only in the Love Only in
the Love Only all of us
Only all of us All of us Only
all of us Only all of us
All of us Only all of us
Only all of us All of us
Only all of us Only all of us
All of us Heaven.
Wash me. Heaven.
Wash me. All of us.
All of us. All of us.What could be the song?
Where do we begin?
Only in the Love,
Love that lifts us up.
Only in the Love,
Only ever in the Love.
Only in the Love,
Only ever in the Love.
Only in the Love,
Only in the Love,
Only in the Love,
Love that lifts us up.
[applause]>>Kennon Briggs: If you’re not
inspired by that, you can’t be inspired! That was beautiful. Thank you very much. Very much. It’s now my privilege to welcome
to the podium four members of the platform party who will
bring greetings and remarks from people who make up UNC Asheville
and make it such a wonderful institution of higher
education: the students, faculty, staff and
alumni of course. First, Mr. Michael Davis,
decorated President of the UNC Asheville Student Government
Association and Student Trustee, who joins us on the
Board in our work, who will speak on behalf of
the UNC Asheville student body. Mr. Davis will be followed
by Dr. Micheal Stratton, Chair of the UNC
Asheville Faculty Senate, who was on the search committee
that helped bring Chancellor Cable here and provided great
leadership on behalf of the faculty along with
his colleagues. Dr. Stratton will be followed
by Ms. Kenya Smith-Edwards, Chair-Elect of the UNC Asheville
Alumni Board of Directors, who will speak on
behalf of alumni. I’m proud to say one of
our children is an alum of UNC Asheville. Ms. Smith-Edwards will be
followed by Mr. Brian Hart, Chair of UNC Asheville
Staff Council, who will speak on
behalf of the staff. Mr. Davis, please.>>Michael Davis: Good
afternoon everyone! Welcome to the Installation
of “the” Dr. Nancy J. Cable. I bring you greetings on
behalf of the student body here at UNC Asheville. On this afternoon, as I reflect
on the 9 months of my time knowing Dr. Cable my eyes and
heart is filled with much joy and appreciation. Coming into this position,
System, City, and university not a 100% sure what she
was getting herself into, she was ready to take
on the challenge. She rolled up her sleeves
in her stunning blazer and began to work! Facing situations
on fire safety, housing, hurricanes, floods, and
university and community relationships, she has handled
everything with grace and class. To be the first of many Student
Body presidents to see her behind the scenes and
in the public view, one thing I can say is she’s
never waved on her morals, values and vision she has
for our great university. As I take my seat I would like
to leave just a few words of wisdom to you Dr. Cable. The first thing is: know you are
supported and appreciated by our Board of Trustees, students
and faculty and staff here at the university. Always remember the work that
you are doing is never in vain. Allow your vision, your love
and compassion to be your drive. When it is your drive, you
will not burn out easily. As I finish my term in the
capacity as your first Student Body President here
at UNC Asheville, know that all the future Student
Body Presidents – all they would like to know is your vision and
how they can support you to better our wonderful
institution. Know that I am grateful to have
worked with you as a Student Body President, Trustee,
foundation member, Order of Pisgah member, and
also as an aide in your office. I cannot wait to see where you
take our wonderful institution and how you will advance it. I celebrate you and I welcome
you and your family to the Bulldog Family.
Thank you so much. [applause]>>Micheal Stratton: Greetings
and good afternoon from the Faculty. I’m Micheal Stratton,
Chair of the Faculty Senate, and it is with tremendous honor
that I stand before you to express our deepest appreciation
for this opportunity to join in a celebration of UNC Asheville
and in the installation of our 8th Chancellor,
Dr. Nancy J. Cable. Reflecting on the countless
hours collaborating with Chancellor Cable this past year,
we’re reminded of other truly gifted leaders who
built, transformed, and healed their respective
communities while demonstrating the same tenacity,
integrity, grace, and boldness that is core to
our new Chancellor’s character. Consider Eleanor Roosevelt who
was not alone in her work to advocate for the civil and
human rights of women, African Americans,
and laborers. She invited a number of trusted
advisers to help her more strategically navigate the
terrain and to acquire an accurate sense of her
allies’ and adversaries’ respective agendas. Successful organizations and
movements largely depend on leaders with humility and
a desire to develop trust, to demonstrate vulnerability,
and to create opportunities to share in the work. From the start, Chancellor
Cable has built bridges with our faculty, listened
to our concerns, empowered us to engage in
shared decision-making, and opened her door to many
sitting alongside you today. This is not hyperbole. It is truth – the truth of so
many who have sought her counsel, offered her advice, and
participated in highly complex and sensitive decisions.
Her leadership is authentic. Chancellor Cable has invited us
to share in the ownership of our University – the establishment
of a University-wide Budget Committee, the formation of a
relationship between Faculty Leaders and her Senior Staff,
the introduction of Common Grounds sessions for our campus
community to learn and to engage on critical institutional
matters, and broadening the scope and role of
faculty in the process to recruit and hire our next
Provost – all of these joint efforts have been significant
steps to help us reimagine the shared governance
on this campus. To my esteemed
faculty colleagues, I encourage us to reflect a bit
on our organizational history. UNC Asheville’s
first Chancellor, Dr. William Highsmith, in his
book chronicling the first sixty years of this institution, wrote
of faculty distrust and strife with the Administration
during the late 1970s. In 1978, the University
recruited Dr. Laurence Dorr as Provost. A former Jesuit priest with
years of experience negotiating with teacher unions, the new
Provost at that time is said to have brought a renewed
spirit of truth telling, listening, and compassion. As chronicled in
Dr. Highsmith’s book, Provost Dorr developed
consultative systems and space for our predecessors to
have a voice in the work of our University. Today, in the spirit of those
before us who trusted Provost Dorr to lead, let us believe in
Chancellor Cable – that she is the courageous leader to elevate
us and our University today, tomorrow, and
the years ahead. Chancellor Cable, in our shared
work to advance UNC Asheville as the premiere public
liberal arts university, we will look to your wise
and empathetic leadership. We are in this together – and we
are indeed extremely grateful to have you at the helm!
Thank you. [applause]>>Kenya Smith-Edwards:
Good afternoon! On behalf of the UNC Asheville
Alumni Board of Directors, I extend greetings and well
wishes to everyone in attendance today to celebrate the
Installation of our new Chancellor, Nancy Cable. Additionally, I extend special
greetings to the UNC Board of Trustees, my Class
of 2000 Chancellor Jim Mullen, and our most
recent Chancellor Mary Grant, who traveled from
Boston to see us. Chancellor Anne Ponder,
Chancellor David Brown, Nancy Schuman, wife
of Samuel Schuman, and John Highsmith, son of
Chancellor William Highsmith. A few brief words
about our Alumni. The UNC Alumni comprises over
19,000 alumni who reside across America representing
50 states. Our Alumni Board of Directors
is representative of our Alumni, bringing diverse experiences and
a commonality – a Liberal Arts Education at UNC Asheville. Our goal is to provide
engagement opportunities for the Alumni, support students,
faculty in continuing to make a difference at UNC Asheville, and
make a very special nurturing and learning environment. We encourage all of our Alumni,
all who support UNC Ashville, to be philanthropic and value
diversity and inclusion and equity as we move
forward into the future. We have a responsibility
to share and give back to our institution. Chancellor Cable, on behalf
of the UNC Asheville Alumni Association, we offer our
support and our commitment to you as a sounding board, a
cheerleader and a friend. We share your vision for
continuing to make UNC Asheville a leading Liberal Arts College
for us to move forward for. Congratulations Chancellor
Cable and best wishes! [applause]>>Brian Hart: Good afternoon! On behalf of the staff
at UNC Asheville, I would like to officially
welcome Chancellor Nancy J. Cable to the
university, to the city of Asheville, and back
to North Carolina. I am honored to do so
on this special day. Of course, I was not
supposed to be here. By that, I mean, my life,
as originally envisioned, was going to be far different
than the one I currently live, in a place far different
than the one I inhabit, doing work that is far different
than working at UNC Asheville. I ask each of you to take a
second and think back to a moment, whether big or small,
whether five or fifty years ago, that changed the
trajectory of your life, that perhaps has brought
you to this place, on this day, listening to someone who was
not supposed to be here. We have all faced unexpected
challenges in our lives, some more difficult
than others. We’ve all gone left when we
thought we were going right, sometimes of our own
decision and sometimes not. But while the impetus for those
changes may be different for each of us, what is
the same for us all is that we have
persevered. We have taken on
those challenges, we have learned from them, and
we have grown as individuals who now comprise the UNC Asheville
community we celebrate today. The stories of how we became
a part of UNC Asheville are all unique. The work we do to further
its mission is also unique. We beautify the campus. We process paperwork
and crunch numbers. We make policy decisions
that affect few and many. We keep watch over students,
listen when they need to talk, and talk when they
need to listen. We build community
partnerships and websites and relationships
with donors. We fix your computer glitch
and repair your broken air. We plan events,
both big and small, and we make sure the
Bulldogs have a great game. We do this work to prepare our
students for the unexpected. That is the nature of a liberal
arts and sciences education. To give students the
intellectual dexterity to encounter ideas they
have never encountered, to learn how to learn so they
are prepared for a society that changes faster than they can,
to know that when the unexpected comes their way, when their path
changes and takes them to places they weren’t supposed to go,
they are able to draw on their experience, knowledge, and
self-sufficiency to thrive. Chancellor Cable, you have
already faced many unexpected challenges in your
short time here, and I have no doubt you
have learned something from each of them. We have been encouraged by
the gifts you have illustrated during that time: your
leadership, your grace, your willingness to listen
to all, your generosity, your determination, and your
perseverance, among many others. But perhaps none has been more
impressive than your ability to handle the unexpected and see it
not as a roadblock to progress but as an opportunity for the
university community to have transformative experiences
that result in a stronger, healthier institution. While we celebrate the
installation of Chancellor Cable as UNC Asheville’s
8th Chancellor, so too do we celebrate this
great university and all it has to offer to its students,
to those who work here, and to the various
communities it inhabits, from the city of
Asheville to the world. We celebrate all we have
overcome to reach this point, and we cherish all we have
accomplished because of those learning experiences. Go back far enough, and
you realize this day, this moment, was unexpected. The countless choices that had
to be made to bring each of us together on this day could
never have been foreseen. And so, we embark
on a similar path, not knowing what the next day
or month or year will bring. Only knowing that we
will do it together, each with our stories,
each with our gifts, each with our passion for higher
education and not only teaching students to expect
the unexpected, but also leading
by example. No, I was not
supposed to be here. And maybe neither
were you. And yet here we are. Together. Let’s embrace the unexpected,
for in the unexpected lies the wonder of discovery,
the discovery of truth, and the truth that learning is
the greatest opportunity we can give to ourselves
and to each other. Chancellor Cable, the staff of
UNC Asheville is thrilled to be able to work with you to take
advantage of the opportunities that you bring to us
and that we bring to you. Now – let’s
go to work. Thank you. [applause]>>Kennon Briggs:
Thank you Michael, Dr. Micheal, Kenya
and Brian. Very much. I now welcome Dr.
Arnold Wengrow, Professor Emeritus of Drama
and Former Chair of the UNC Asheville Retired Faculty and
Administration Association, who will highlight for
us some of the history, legacy and the mission
of UNC Asheville. Please come
forward sir.>>Dr. Arnold Wengrow:
Chancellor Cable, my remarks today are entitled: “The First
Hundred Years are the Hardest.” You might say the first
hundred days were the hardest. [laughter] On July 1, 1969,
Asheville-Biltmore College, a scrappy little city and
county-supported school on an almost bare hilltop
in North Asheville, became one of only 6
institutions to gain the distinguished name: The
University of North Carolina. How a two-year junior college,
begun in 1927 by the Buncombe County Schools, aspired to
become part of the first public institution of higher learning
in the United States to open its doors, is a story of
diligence, dedication, and sheer doggedness by this
community’s leaders and its educational visionaries. And here’s what makes that
dedication and doggedness even more remarkable. These leaders had an
audacious vision for their new little
university. Unlike its sister
schools in Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Raleigh,
Wilmington, and Charlotte, the University of North Carolina
at Asheville was to have a distinctive, even unique role
in public higher education. We were to be North
Carolina’s only public liberal arts university. What did that mean: a
public liberal arts university? Some said we were
to be like Davidson, only affordable and
state supported. [laughter] Some referred to us as “The
Little Harvard on the Hill.” And they were not
intending to be flattering. Our first chancellor,
William Highsmith, saw our liberal
arts mission this way: “One of its chief
goals for its students,” Dr. Highsmith said, “was to
understand the structure, motivations and
ideas of society. One of its basic functions
was to be oriented to the environment, to the
physical and social world, and to the
spiritual realm. Our students were to gain a
foundation for leadership through knowledge of
languages and literatures, science, mathematics,
history, philosophy. Our students were to become
acquainted with our heritage, the workings of our society,
the role of the sciences and the scientific method
in modern life. They should emerge with an
understanding of the world and a firm philosophy of
life without which,” Dr. Highsmith said, they would
be like “a rudderless ship on a stormy sea.” Understanding society. Understanding
literatures and language. Understanding
mathematics, science, the scientific method. Understanding
history, philosophy. Understanding the world. Understanding humankind. Understanding themselves.
Future leaders. These were
inspiring words. And they inspired the
small group of faculty and administrators and staff who
gathered here with the express purpose of creating
something new and different in these mountains. They gathered here, as I like to
think of them, as pioneers. There were more inspiring words
in our founding Statement of Aims and Objectives written by
our first Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Roy A. Riggs. UNC Asheville was to be
“academically rigorous.” It was to be both
“traditionally sound” and “boldly experimental.” Our curriculum would stress
the “importance of historical perspective,” the
“interrelationships among the broad fields
of knowledge.” No silos
here, Nancy! Our students would be asked “to
assume a high degree of personal responsibility for
their own learning.” They would be encouraged to
“confront difficult intellectual challenges.” To
“think critically.” To “develop a system of
ethical and moral values worthy of
free people.” The “ultimate objective,”
Dr. Riggs said, was to give our students the
“knowledge and understanding which will best equip them
to pursue successfully their individual goals, to function
effectively and constructively in society, and to find meaning
in their personal lives.” “Traditionally sound,”
“boldly experimental.” It’s actually been a very long
time since we’ve heard those words: “boldly experimental.” These were the words that
guided our pioneers ━ students, staff, faculty alike ━ as we
went about the challenging, mostly mundane, sometimes
grueling daily tasks of teaching, learning,
studying, planting, constructing, maintaining,
negotiating, and just paying the bills. When I came here in 1970,
one year after we became the University of North
Carolina at Asheville, there were only four buildings
on the quadrangle where we were supposed to be today. There were only a few trees,
and they were mostly saplings. When you’re on the quadrangle
again notice how far we’ve come. When I first started
teaching here, there were only
988 students – 988! My high school graduation
class was almost that big. Most of them were from
Western North Carolina. Less than 1%
were from out of state. Only 5 students were
from a foreign country. Only 241 students
lived on campus. After the Humanities
lecture let out at 12:15, this campus became a
pretty lonely place. But we persevered. We built community
among ourselves. We built connections
to Asheville, to Western North Carolina,
and the state. Nancy, we put flanges
on our wheels! And some of us even envisioned
building a national presence. Now we have a student body
of more than 3,800 students from 37 states, 28 countries. Close to 40% live
on campus or near. This campus is a
lively, not a lonely place. In 1977, we marked our 50th
anniversary by planting one of the dawn redwoods I hope you
will notice the next time you’re on the quadrangle. What an appropriate
choice. A symbol of conservation. A tree known to have
lived 50 million years. A living fossil. Take a close look at it and
notice that it was a gift from the first graduating
class of 1929. It was at that time that I
started saying about our pioneering spirit, “The first
hundred years are the hardest.” Chancellor Cable, you have
in your sights the year 2027, that 100th anniversary
that I, somewhat flippantly, referred to
42 years ago. So, it is with great
optimism and admiration, that I welcome you to –
as our 8th chancellor, give or take
5 interims. I welcome you on behalf
of our retired faculty, administrators, and staff,
and in honor and memory of those pioneers. I was fortunate enough
to meet many of them. I hope we can tell
their stories someday. I know you honor
their pioneering spirit. I believe you will renew that
sense of adventure that we had about building a great
public liberal arts university. I look forward to seeing
where you will take us as the University of North Carolina at
Asheville heads into our Second Hundred Years. [applause]>>Kennon Briggs: Thank you,
Dr. Wengrow very much. We learned earlier
this afternoon, probably an hour
and a half maybe, or more ago, that our
installation speaker Dr. John DeGioia, President
of Georgetown University, was not going to be
able to be with us. It’s unfortunate because he –
Dr. Cable sincerely wanted him to be here. And so, we discussed
what to do with that. Dr. Cable asked if I would
deliver his message and I’m prepared
to do so. However, Chancellor Cable, I
think I’m going to exercise the prerogative of the Chair, and
with that I’m going to say just a few words and sit down,
because this day is about celebrating this moment in the
institution’s life and history. We’re going to have a wonderful
installation by Dr. Roper. We’re going to recognize Dr.
Cable and we’re going to allow you to hear from her, which I
think is vastly more precious than hearing from me. So with that, fellow Trustees,
I’m going to exercise the prerogative of the Chair one
more time before my term is up. You know, I would say to you
that it’s one thing to be a Chair of a Board and work with
a chancellor in the model of shared governance, which Dr.
Stratton has helped demonstrate with us and for us
how that best works. It’s another to become her
friend and her colleague, to take her call of minor
distress in the middle of the night of, “I don’t know
about dormitories being not able to open!” Or speakers – or
former speakers. But it’s quite another to get to
know her personally and welcome her into the life of
the Briggs family. It is a great privilege to get
to know her on that personal level as I have Chancellor
Ponder and Chancellor Grant before her. So, it is that I’m
personally thankful, and my family is very
proud, Chancellor Cable, that you’ll be the next great
leader of this institution of which, again, our
child is an alum. So with that, we’re going to
move forward in the program and dispense with the reading. Perhaps we can put the
message up on the website, because I think it’s worthy
of reading the message. So with that, if
you will allow me, I think we move forward Dr.
Roper for the sake of time with alacrity and dispatch. Please.>>Interim President Roper:
Thank you sir. Thank you. For more than 200 years, the
state of North Carolina has recognized the importance of
higher education in improving the lives and well-being
of our citizens. Over that long history, the
University of North Carolina system has achieved national
prominence for the quality of its programs and for the loyalty
that binds the people of this state to their
public university. As you’ve heard, in 1927, the
institution that would become UNC Asheville was founded as
part of the Buncombe County public school system to serve
the higher education needs of Asheville and the
surrounding area. In the intervening years, UNC
Asheville has evolved and grown to serve the entire state of
North Carolina as its designated liberal arts university. In spite of that
statewide mission, UNC Asheville has never
lost touch with its roots in Asheville and
Western North Carolina, where the university was once
dubbed “The College in the Sky”. We gather today to install
the 8th Chancellor of this institution. Today’s ceremony represents a
symbolic compact between you━ the faculty, staff,
students, alumni, trustees and friends ━
with your new chancellor. I have high expectations for
UNC Asheville under Chancellor Cable’s leadership, but
particularly in these challenging and complex times,
she needs and deserves your full support. In just a few moments,
the honorable Calvin Hill, chief district court judge of
the 28th Judicial District of North Carolina will administer
the oath of office. As she takes that oath,
Chancellor Cable will place her hand on the Bible, brought
to the podium by her daughter Gretchen Cable Wells. Following the oath, Chancellor
Cable will receive the chancellor’s medallion, brought
to the podium by her brother Davis Cable, which symbolizes
her authority as the leader of this institution. Through these traditions,
we mark the continuation of leadership and vision that has
enabled UNC Asheville to achieve so much in its
91-year history. Chancellor Cable, would you
please join me at the podium? And I also ask Judge Hill
and Gretchen and Davis to join us as well. Alrighty. Chancellor Cable, you will
have the great privilege and responsibility of leading this
university in the years ahead. As you take the oath of office,
I urge you to use your position and authority to help UNC
Asheville grow and develop in a manner that befits this
region and this state.>>Judge Calvin Hill: Chancellor
Cable is coming to this job with exactly the
right attitude. She has already begun to
make executive decisions. One, having to do with how
this oath would be done. [laughter] She’s doing that with my
full support and so that’s just how it works. [laughter] Place your left
hand on the Bible. Raise your right. And you’ll repeat
after me. I ->>Chancellor Cable: I ->>Judge Calvin Hill:
State your name.>>Chancellor Cable:
Nancy J. Cable.>>Judge Calvin Hill:
Do solemnly swear>>Chancellor Cable:
Do solemnly swear>>Judge Calvin Hill: that I
will support the Constitution>>Chancellor Cable: that I
will support the Constitution>>Judge Calvin Hill:
of the United States.>>Chancellor Cable:
of the United States.>>Judge Calvin Hill: I do
solemnly and sincerely swear>>Chancellor Cable: I do
solemnly and sincerely swear>>Judge Calvin Hill:
that I will be faithful>>Chancellor Cable:
that I will be faithful>>Judge Calvin Hill:
and bear true allegiance>>Chancellor Cable:
and bear true allegiance>>Judge Calvin Hill: to the
state of North Carolina>>Chancellor Cable: to the
state of North Carolina>>Judge Calvin Hill: and to
the constitutional powers and authorities>>Chancellor Cable: and to
the constitutional powers and authorities>>Judge Calvin Hill: which are,>>Chancellor Cable: which are,>>Judge Calvin Hill: or may be,>>Chancellor Cable: or may be,>>Judge Calvin Hill:
established for the government thereof.>>Chancellor Cable: established
for the government thereof.>>Judge Calvin Hill: I
will endeavor to support,>>Chancellor Cable: I
will endeavor to support,>>Judge Calvin Hill: maintain>>Chancellor Cable: maintain>>Judge Calvin Hill: and defend>>Chancellor Cable: and defend>>Judge Calvin Hill: the
constitution of said state>>Chancellor Cable: the
constitution of said state>>Judge Calvin Hill: not
inconsistent with the constitution of the
United States;>>Chancellor Cable:
not inconsistent with the constitution of the
United States;>>Judge Calvin Hill:
and in entering upon the responsibilities>>Chancellor Cable: and
in entering upon the responsibilities>>Judge Calvin Hill:
of the office of chancellor>>Chancellor Cable:
of the office of chancellor>>Judge Calvin Hill: of the
University of North Carolina at Asheville.>>Chancellor Cable: of the
University of North Carolina Asheville.>>Judge Calvin Hill:
I will undertake>>Chancellor Cable:
I will undertake>>Judge Calvin Hill:
to fulfill my duties>>Chancellor Cable:
to fulfill my duties>>Judge Calvin Hill: to the
best of my skill and abilities>>Chancellor Cable: to the
best of my skill and ability>>Judge Calvin Hill: and
without fear or favor,>>Chancellor Cable: and
without fear or favor,>>Judge Calvin Hill: to
cherish and encourage>>Chancellor Cable: to
cherish and encourage>>Judge Calvin Hill:
sound scholarship>>Chancellor Cable:
sound scholarship>>Judge Calvin Hill:
and the search for truth>>Chancellor Cable: and
the search for truth>>Judge Calvin Hill: and
to dedicate the powers of the University>>Chancellor Cable: and
to dedicate the powers of the University>>Judge Calvin Hill: of
North Carolina at Asheville>>Chancellor Cable: of the
University of North Carolina Asheville>>Judge Calvin Hill:
to the intellectual,>>Chancellor Cable:
to the intellectual,>>Judge Calvin Hill: moral>>Chancellor Cable: moral>>Judge Calvin Hill:
and physical education>>Chancellor Cable:
and physical education>>Judge Calvin Hill:
of our youth>>Chancellor Cable:
of our youth>>Judge Calvin Hill:
and to the development of a moral and
enlightened citizenship.>>Chancellor Cable:
and to the development of a moral and
enlightened citizenship.>>Judge Calvin Hill: I
further promise to dedicate this university>>Chancellor Cable: I
further promise to dedicate this university>>Judge Calvin Hill: to
impartial and sympathetic service>>Chancellor Cable: to
impartial and sympathetic service>>Judge Calvin Hill: to all the
people of North Carolina.>>Chancellor Cable: to all
the people of North Carolina.>>Judge Calvin Hill: I
swear that I will well and truly execute>>Chancellor Cable: I swear
that I will well and truly execute>>Judge Calvin Hill: duties of
the office of chancellor>>Chancellor Cable: duties
of the office of chancellor>>Judge Calvin Hill: of the
University of North Carolina at Asheville>>Chancellor Cable: of the
University of North Carolina Asheville>>Judge Calvin Hill: to the
best of my skill and ability>>Chancellor Cable: to the
best of my skill and ability>>Judge Calvin Hill: and
according to the law,>>Chancellor Cable: and
according to the law,>>Judge Calvin Hill: so
help me god.>>Chancellor Cable:
so help me god.>>Judge Calvin Hill:
Congratulations.>>Chancellor Cable:
Thank you so much. [applause]>>Judge Calvin Hill:
You did a great job.>>Chancellor Cable:
Thank you. [applause] [applause] [applause]>>Interim President Roper:
Friends of the university, it is now my great pleasure
and distinct honor to present to you the 8th chancellor of
the University of North Carolina Asheville: Nancy J. Cable. [applause] [applause]>>Chancellor Cable:
What a humbling experience! And I am deeply, deeply grateful
to all of you for being here today and to celebrate this
extraordinary university. So, let me begin by
saying Dr. Roper, members of the
Board of Governors, local officials, my former
chancellors on whose shoulders I stand every single day,
Chief Sneed of the Eastern Band, Judge Hill, Mayor Manheimer,
elected officials, delegates from other colleges and
universities, Chairman Briggs and the
University of North Carolina Asheville Trustees, faculty,
staff, and our students, my family and friends – Good
afternoon and welcome! First and foremost, heartfelt
gratitude is in order for all of my UNC Asheville colleagues
whose work and dedication have made this celebration not
only possible but extraordinary. I salute our physical
plant staff, grounds crew, our food service
colleagues, our faculty, our senior staff and students,
our campus police, our chancellor’s and events’
office staff and of course our University of North Carolina
Asheville Trustees. For all of your tireless and
dedicated effort this week, for this university and
for this regional community, in which we find all of
ourselves gathered in common purpose. This is a joyful day indeed
as you might suspect and I am deeply grateful
for your presence here. When the notion of “an
installation” first arose last fall, I thought it a much better
idea to have national thought leaders here in conversation
with our faculty, students and staff about
pressing issues of our time, and to just “skip” the
whole ceremonial business. But, I quickly learned the
limits of a chancellor’s authority, in addition to
not being able to swim. [laughter] It is my privilege
to share with you, as leaders from near and far,
and together with our faculty, staff, and students,
this extraordinary and unique University. Today, especially, I invite us
to consider together the current forces in play across
higher education, and to enthusiastically recommit
our embrace of the University of North Carolina Asheville’s
distinctive mission and purpose as the UNC system’s liberal
arts and sciences university. Today the title of my remarks to
you are “Keeper of the Light.” Those of us lucky enough to
live in the great state of North Carolina are likely to have
developed a fondness for our beloved lighthouses,
especially, for me, Cape Hatteras, Currituck and
old Baldy on Bald Head Island. I have cherished my times on the
North Carolina coast and have been enchanted by the simplicity
and the complexity of the lighthouses built to keep
the light burning in uncertain times, to bring ships both
big and small out of the storm, to add a human touch to
the guiding of light, and despite their simplicity
and straightforward appearance, these structures belie the
complex task that their keepers are called to perform. Much like the work
of a university, keepers of the light must
keep the light burning brightly, for a dim light only confuses
the approaching ship. Keepers must weather the storm
and watch for disruptions all the while staying true to their
mission to guide and support. Keepers must be ever steadfast
to the truth and the facts. A lighthouse must be
a thing of majesty, of real beauty — despite
its constant need for paint, good roof and ongoing repairs. Most of all, keepers must be
ever mindful that rough seas will give way to calm waters,
and then again to rough seas again. So is the way
of nature’s power. I firmly believe that we at
UNC Asheville are keepers of the light in higher
education for this state, the region, the nation, and we
are keeping the light bright during these complicated and
challenging times mentioned by several of my colleagues
here today. When I began my career
several decades ago, I was often asked, “What do you
want to be when you grow up?” After all, that was the
question of the day, right? What vocation, what job
title did we aspire to? Now, since over half of the jobs
our graduates will fill in their lifetime have yet to be created,
perhaps the new question we should be asking young folks
and our adult students is, “Which of the world’s problems
are you most interested in solving?” A much better,
more relevant question today. During these last 42 years
in higher education, especially these last 2 decades,
there has been increased complexities and new pressures,
especially on liberal arts and sciences colleges and
universities that are dedicated to what Ernest Boyer said and
wrote in his 1987 book “The Undergraduate Experience,”
our role is “to educate more competent, more concerned and
more complete human beings.” The landscape of higher
education, or shall I say the seas around us, has changed
dramatically in these years. Now we face a crowded, highly
diverse, and ever -more connected world where colleges
and universities must reflect relevance and resonance with
the complicated world at large. It is now a world where we often
know more about global issues all the way around the world,
than we know about our local and state news and affairs. Marshall McLuhan’s concept
of the “global village”━ once assumed to be a
long-distance possibility━ is now upon us
in full display. A compelling summary of the
rough seas in which we find ourselves these days appears
in Terrance McTaggart’s recent publication called: “The 21st
Century University Presidency A Call to Enterprise Leadership.”
He frames today’s realities for higher education leaders
as follows: “The current environment for a college or
university president is more dynamic, challenging and
threatening ━ yet full of potential ━ than any time
over the past 50 years. Perennial challenges:
scarcity of resources, partisan conflict, student
activism have intensified, but new challenges, the
influences of social media, the advent of more
disruptive technologies, all contribute to the current
drama.” Rough seas around us? Yes indeed. Here are additional challenges
that I think we all face together and I would humbly
add them to McTaggart’s list: First, the public’s confidence
in higher education has eroded significantly. For well over
200 years in this nation, a college degree has increased
one’s lifelong income and has provided more opportunities
for good works in one’s life. But now, for some millennials
and Generation Z, and for their families, faith in
higher education has been shaken by high costs and
higher student debt. Second, our business models are
being challenged by questions of declining state support, though
we also benefit here in North Carolina from great fiscal
prudence and good attention from our state government. And yet in those times of
shrinking resources in general higher education there’s an
ongoing demand to sustain high quality and ever-more customized
academic programs for our students. This is very labor-intensive
work to educate and shape the minds and hearts of
tomorrow’s leaders. We find cost pressures on our
labor-intensive work every day. As a result, those of us in high
quality universities have become dependent more and more on donor
philanthropy to sustain our quality, our edge, our access
and our commitment to our students. Third, the resurgence of student
activism has fueled millennial and post millennial students who
are now very adept at using and even sometimes exploiting social
media to galvanize action to address justice issues
such as inequality, racism, sexual misconduct, and
to confront some of the social issues before all of us: the
needs for affordable housing, the elimination of the
achievement gap in our schools, among many others. Fourth, our political divides
present our students profound schisms in the American society,
confounding their existing hopes in the role of our democracy
and their role in it. Fifth, despite our strength
as lighthouses of learning, the last two decades of change
on most campuses has and can create instability. Campus quality and momentum
now depends on stable shared governance that can sustain
the planning at hand and the institutional-wide
priorities and momentum. Without ongoing
shared governance, stagnation and malaise
can develop among campus constituencies: it can be both
unproductive and time consuming. Finally, last and perhaps
most disruptive, is the current and coming
technological revolution that invites ━and even demands – a
change in the curriculum – what we teach – and our pedagogy
– how we teach it – and even questioning the definition of
what it means in today’s world to be an educated person
and global citizen. Here are some thoughts from
McTaggert again on the topic of technology, and I quote, “Access
to the internet has exploded through the advent of laptops
and tablets and smartphones and other mobile devices as
ubiquitous as a wristwatch. These innovations have spurred
change ━ sometimes positive, sometimes violent ━ with
unpredictable outcomes that range from disruptions at
American Universities to national uprisings
like the Arab spring. In all likelihood, higher
education is in for further shocks. Artificial intelligence,
virtual reality, cognitive mapping and the
analysis of big data separate from the ethics involved. These will transform
how students learn. The tools of virtual
reality, for example, are already beginning to
transform medical education, engineering and even art━
disciplines once thought to be available only through in-person
learning in a classroom.” These elements of change and
challenge in our rough seas are upon us, but I suggest
that we can be ━ in fact, we must be ━
Keepers of the Light; that we can choose to see
times that hold tremendous and inspiring opportunities for
us as an academic institution within the strength and
respect of the UNC system. We at UNC Asheville are uniquely
positioned to shine a light by our truly exceptional faculty
as teachers and researchers, going outward from
this community, this campus, and
across the globe. To celebrate our dedicated staff
who every day work long and hard with great skill. And to face the challenges we
need to face through continuous strength and improvement
as an institution. To overuse my metaphor
for a minute, I truly and firmly believe that
in this period of wind and rough seas, it will allow us to stand
stronger and more resolute in our mission to provide a
relevant 21st century liberal arts and sciences education,
which is now more needed than ever before given the rate
of change in the world in which we live. So, what do I mean
by this notion of liberal arts
and sciences? I actually had a parent
recently ask me, “Do you also teach the
conservative arts and sciences”” [laughter] I did my best. Why can we claim such an
essential academic purpose? Here are some ideas: Again,
harkening back to Ernest Boyer’s writing, he gave a good
rationale for our kind of distinctive mission. And I quote, “The liberal arts
and sciences promote a program of study that introduces
students not only to essential knowledge but to the connections
across disciplines and to the universal experiences that
are common to all people. Without this understanding human
relationships are diminished and the quality of life
for all is reduced. Is it too much to
expect,” Boyer asks, “that in this hyper-competitive
global market driven age that a college graduate can live,
and bring forward to the world integrity, civility and
even compassion?” Here at UNC Asheville we believe
that that question is not too much to ask. It is what we do because of the
quality of our faculty and our students. Our democracy depends,
fundamentally at its root, on a coherent understanding,
from and among our graduates, to understand the competing
priorities inherent in our most intractable problems as a globe. Here we strive every day ━ in
ways big and small ━ to imbue in our students, our graduates, and
in continuing support for our alumni, the will, the knowledge
and the ways of learning that allow them to contribute
to society and to succeed. In short, we strive to
educate graduates who, frankly, have a better set
of questions than all of the answers. As Dr. Frontis Johnson, a
longtime Academic Dean at Davidson College, was fond
of saying: “a liberal arts education does not teach you
to do “something,” in fact, it teaches you to do “anything””
Our UNC Asheville history provides a useful
lens on this concept. Dr. Wengrow quoted from exactly
what I also had in my speech from Dr. Roy Riggs whose son,
Greg is here and has represented Oxford University today. Our ability to be the designated
and desirable liberal arts and sciences college of the UNC
system came primarily because we stood for two things: sound
academic intellectual work, and boldly experimental
work which we are really good at doing. Even after my short 9 months,
I could offer you literally hundreds of examples of the work
of our faculty and our students and this community
at large. But here are a few ways that I
think we are living up to those words written in 1963 about
what we do here and what we care about. So again, amongst
the hundreds of examples, here are a few I want to
mention: First and foremost: our core curricular tradition is
and will remain the humanities. It is at the center of all
that we do academically, and we are deeply committed to
the humane lives of leadership and service that happen for
our graduates after they have experienced our
humanities program. Second, we have proof
positive from a number, literally scores, of leading
foundations and philanthropic partners who affirm the
work that our faculty and our students are doing. Just let me give
you three examples. Just in the last two years we
have received grants from Robert Wood Johnson for our
health and wellness programs, from GlaxoSmithKline for
our work in chemistry and the diversity that’s needed in
the pipeline and sciences, and also one from the
Mellon Foundation that supports continuing innovation
in our already strong humanities program. #3: two of our faculty have
been honored recently with Fulbright Awards. One went to study educational
methods in Ghana and another will go to Cape Coast to
study Africana Studies in the year ahead. Further, we have two students
who will graduate this year – I will be honored to provide
their diplomas to them – these two Fulbright students will one
will go to Poland and the other to Vietnam to engage and carry
on not just the undergraduate work they did here but the
research that they were able to do with our exceedingly
talented faculty. Most universities ━ and I’ve
been on a few campuses in my years — would long to even have
one Fulbright in a graduating class, and we have
two in this year alone! #4: our partnerships with
our key local and regional stakeholders are many and
range from the city and county schools, to the Martin
Luther King Jr. Association, to our relationship,
a close one, with A-B Tech where A-B Tech
students who come into UNCA are among our best, to our widely
appreciated tutoring efforts in schools such as the
Marvelous Math Club, to the scores of our students
who volunteer hours and hours each week in this community
and in this region at large. Vital is our relationship with
the Pisgah Legal Services, with Black Mountain Art Museum,
Center for Craft and Design and I could go on. Our community partners
are real partners here. #5: our athletes are achievers
in the classroom. They are among the strongest
GPAs on campus. They win national
championships too, most recently our men’s tennis
won the national championship and in the recent several
years both women’s and men’s basketball has won
in good, fine form. We are current and yet we
also learn from the past. One of our faculty recently
coordinated a week of awareness and activities to celebrate
the importance of the 65th anniversary of Brown vs the
Topeka Board of Education. This faculty brought
us speakers, seminars, a keynote, discussions, some
of the hard conversations but all important. That is a liberal arts
education in action! #7: our faculty are
scholars, and once again, almost to a person, I could tell
you about the research going on among our faculty but let me
pick two examples that are particularly global: One faculty
member from our philosophy department will present a paper
this summer in South America on the philosophical legal issues
of change and progress in South American law. Another from our history
department will be an expert witness in India on a case that
relates to Indian religious and cultural traditions. It would literally take hours
to brief you on the extent, the breadth, and the depth of
the research of our faculty. #8: we are a proud, close-knit
educational partner with the Eastern Band of Cherokee. We teach the language, we strive
to educate our students about the essential importance of
studying indigenous cultures with respect and reverence
for tradition as a way of understanding all of
the human condition. #9: when we addressed the
controversial issues of our most recent Martin Luther King Jr.
Day speaker, for whom we stood strong in the opportunity
for free speech on this campus. We also worked very closely with
the Center for Jewish Studies leadership that helped us to
lead community conversations across this entire city and
county that expanded the learning opportunities
for all of us. #10: our students are
in demand from many, many corners of society: our
pre-med students ━ thanks to the hard work of our faculty and
staff ━ our pre-med students are routinely admitted to
their very first choice. Many of our graduates enter
Teach for America programs and scatter themselves
across this great nation. Our science and engineering
students who have sometimes had internships and research
opportunities beginning as early as the Sophomore year find
that they are in great demand at the point of graduation. 11: our partnership in the
healthcare of this region is decades long and strong. We partner with the Mountain
Area Healthcare educational cooperative, leader MAHEC
in both pharmacy studies, public health, and our faculty
provide the significant intellectual capital in
scientific research that the MAHEC director recently said to
me is “vital and essential” to the quality of healthcare
in this region. #12: I’m particularly
proud of this one. Our students and
our student leaders, this year led by Michael
Davis, are truly exceptional. One terrific story I
think describes it all: When Hurricane Florence hit
our Eastern NC neighbors, only Western Carolina University
and UNC Asheville stayed open and operational. At the insistence and leadership
of our students and our SGA, we took in between 250-300
students from UNCW and UNC Pembroke who were flooded
out for two and a half weeks. Those visiting students
bunked in with our students, they were welcomed in the dining
hall and as surprising as it may be to all of you, our
faculty, true to form, indicated that they would
welcome students in their classrooms while they
were supposedly on a two-and-a-half-week break. What is even more surprising is
that a number of those students accompanied our students to
those classes and continued the intellectual work and
use of our library and our learning facilities. Just think about the
service that we provided, in our own small way, to the
state and to what was going on in the pain and suffering
of others on the eastern side
of the state. I could go on and on, but these
are a few of the examples that relate directly to our
distinctive academic mission. Here’s what we
intend to deliver: we produce thinking minds. We produce not just a
workforce-ready graduate, which is true for many if
not all of our graduates, but we produce a whole cadre of
working “thought force” leaders ready to learn anything that
they find beyond the halls of this institution. Our alumni are proof positive
of the evidence of that claim. #2: we ensure that to
the best of our ability, every student here has
the opportunity to lead, to develop the emotional
intelligence to work in collaboration with others
like and unlike themselves. We honor not just the vitality
and talent that emerges from close dedicated attention
to diversity and inclusion, but we boldly seek to find
new levels of equity that will address the structural
inequities of our full society in addition to any inequities
that exist on this campus. We believe that will move us
all forward in the common good. #4: we have a deepening
commitment to shared governance. We are beginning to know and
understand that both expertise and common interests bind
us together to do our best. After all, this university
will be here long after we have all moved on. #5: we honor and remain
dedicated to our sense of this place, here in these
stunning mountains, and to all aspects of the
partnerships in non-profit, art, corporate, educational
and healthcare partners in the region. We remain committed to shining
our light on what we expect of our students as they become
agents of their own lives: critical thinking,
collaborative problem solving, creativity, a love of
the arts and music, capability in complex
information processing with a keen eye to the ethical
questions that underlie all data, and finally an
abiding sense of resilience in their own lives. These are what we strive
to do every single day, and these characteristics were
written about in a recent book by my brilliant and beloved
mentor John Kuykendall, who is with us
here on the platform. He wrote, with several of his
learned colleagues a small but mighty text called, “The
Lighting of the Mind for Action: A Call to Trustees and
Leaders of America’s Liberal Arts Colleges.” He summarized what I just
described to you as the facets of an educated person
through the liberal arts and sciences:civitas,
,prudentia, humility, curiosity,
cultured insight, offered all in an environment
ready to forgive a mistake or a misstep in the
name of learning. That is what we do here and it
is what we strive to do despite these rough seas. In summary, I share two final
thoughts that may be takeaways for you today given our time
together in celebration of the University. Just 6 months ago Scott Hartley
━ a billionaire scion of the Silicon Valley Tech world ━
published a book calledThe Fuzzy and the Techie.After years of hiring
only high-tech, seasoned trained experts, he has
declared in this text that from this point forward he
will hire only broadly, liberally-educated graduates
into his many corporations. He states that claim in these
words: “The great irony of any criticism of the liberal arts,
is that it’s the liberal arts and sciences and their
cultivation of distinctly human abilities ━ that machines cannot
even begin to approximate ━ that are paving the way for the most
reliable employment today that is sure to continue in the
coming years and decades. I believe that a strong liberal
arts and sciences education is going to be ever more
valuable in the decades ahead. Success will be determined by
one’s ability to deal with what one – excuse me – to deal
with what one cannot turn into a logarithm, and how one deals
with unstructured problems and new situations. This will be the mark
of an educated and useful professional. And I want as many
as I can get.” Finally, my colleague and
friend Michael Roth, who is currently the President
of Wesleyan University in Connecticut, finished a
book 3 years ago entitledWhy Liberal
Education Matters.
I thought quoting him would be
a good way to end these remarks and help with our
celebration of what we do. Roth writes: “The mission of
liberal learning in higher education should be to
teach students to liberate, animate, cooperate
and instigate. Through student doubt,
imagination, and hard work, they come to understand that
they can reshape themselves and their
societies. Liberal education matters. Its relevance is not just
about landing one’s first job, it emerges over the
course of a lifetime. The free inquiry of a reflective
and pragmatic education prompts us to think for ourselves,
take responsibility for our own beliefs and hopes. Liberal education matters far
beyond the university because it increases our capacity
to understand the world, to contribute to it,
to reshape ourselves. When it works,
it never ends.” UNC Asheville’s
service as the Keeper of the Light and as the
lighthouse for this region and state is 92 years young,
the years ahead of us, despite these challenging times,
call for us to be even stronger and more dedicated
than we are today. We can ━ and we will ━ stand
tall in the loyalty to our distinctive academic mission,
our academic standards, and we’ll go forward with
boldly experimental work in these rough
seas times. As one of the authentic
gems in the UNC system, our beam of light is shining
brightly and strong. Our work as the Keeper of
the Light ━ every day ━ is a true privilege. Thank you so much for joining
us today for this celebration. It is the honor of my lifetime
to serve as your Chancellor. Thank you. [applause] [applause]>>UNCA Chorale and Asheville
Singers: [singing –Alleluia] ♪Alleluia
♪ ♪Alleluia
♪ [applause]>>Kennon Briggs:
Wow. [clears throat] Congratulations Dr. Cable. You inspire us all. I’d now like to welcome
Dr. John Kuykendall, President Emeritus of Davidson
College to the podium for the benediction. Dr. Cable claims him as a
mentor and we’ve all had those in our lives. In just the few minutes
I’ve chatted with him – I hope there’s an opportunity for you
to mentor me a little bit too, Dr. Kuykendall.
Please come forward.>>Dr. John Kuykendall: Let
me claim just one moment of personal privilege: Chancellor
said she quoted from me from this podium and you
quoted 3 Latin words in that brief quotation. I just want to say that, my
Latin teacher mother would be both amazed and amused
that that happened! [laughter] But, speaking of words, if we
take one more word and pull it apart, that word
“benediction” – one viable translation of that might be
“good words” and indeed there have been good words aplenty
in this room this afternoon. Good words to
you, Nancy. Words of affirmation,
words of acceptance, words of encouragement,
words of support, words of commitment, all kinds
of words have been said to you this day. I think if we had sticky notes
to write them on and put them on to your gown this evening, it
would be all yellow and you couldn’t even see
the blue and the gold! But those are words to live
by and words which have been brought to you and which will be
called to mind throughout your long and
successful tenure. Now then, another way
of translating that word “benediction” is “blessing” and
that is my obligation today and as I’ve thought about it
I wondered who needs to be blessed. Certainly, the new chancellor
here and her colleagues in this institution and the
institution itself, which is always more
than the sum of its parts, and the community it serves
right here around it and those larger communities in concentric
circles that reach out to the end of the world. All those things
need to be blessed, as do all the people in this
room whatever your commitment may be. And so now receive
the blessing. Lord bless you
and keep you. The Lord lift up
His face upon you, and be gracious
unto you. The Lord lift up the light of
His countenance upon you and give you peace. Now and forevermore. Amen.>>Kennon Briggs:
Thank you, Dr. Kuykendall. This concludes today’s
ceremony and on behalf of the UNC Asheville Board of
Trustees, my colleagues, I thank you all so much for
being with us today on this truly momentous occasion. I’d like to take one more second
and ask you to recognize the beautiful music that’s been
shared with us by our faculty and staff and students. [applause] We’d ask you to join us
for a reception in the Arby’s Scholarship Deck
today here in the Wilma Sherrill Center – I
got that right Shannon? Thank you – as we celebrate –
and continue to celebrate the life of this great
institution. Thank you all very
much for being here. [applause]>>UNCA Chorale and Asheville
Singers: [singing UNC AshevilleAlma Mater]♪Hail our Alma Mater,
Hail UNCA.♪
♪ Learning be your watchword,
Greatness be your way. ♪
♪ High up on the mountains,
In the land of sky, ♪
♪ Stands our Alma Mater,
Lift your voices high. ♪
♪ Noble Alma Mater, Hear
our words of praise ♪
♪ May we love and honor you,
until the end of days. ♪
♪ May we love and honor you,
until the end of days. ♪
[applause] ♪ [bagpipe music] ♪ ♪ ♪

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