Encyclopedia of UNCG History

An online resource for exploring the history of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Eloise Patricia “Patty” Rallings Lewis was born on April 22, 1920 in Pageland, South Carolina, the fourth daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. Monroe Rallings, a country medical practitioner and a college speech teacher. She graduated from Pageland High School in 1936. Lewis attended Winthrop College (now Winthrop University) in Rock Hill, South Carolina, for […]

Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher served as professor of cello and head of the strings department at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 1979 to 1988. After serving as acting Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs from 1988-1989 at UNCG, Crutcher was elevated to Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. In 1990, Crutcher left […]

On July 14, 2008, James G. Ryan began work as the founding dean of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN), a partnership between UNCG and North Carolina A&T University. Prior to his arrival at JSNN, Ryan served as Associate Vice President of Technology and Professor of Nanoscience in the College of Nanoscale Science and […]

Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. was elected as the eleventh Chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina, effective September 8, 2015. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Gilliam served as Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs for seven years and was a […]

Katherine Henrietta Taylor was born on March 19, 1909, in Salisbury, North Carolina. She graduated from the North Carolina College for Women (now UNCG) in 1928 and was one of two alumnae elected to membership in the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national honorary scholastic fraternity. Taylor received her masters at Radcliffe and soon […]

Mereb Ethna Mossman was born on December 1, 1905 in Winfield, Kansas. She received her bachelor’s degree from Morningside College in 1926 and her masters from the University of Chicago in 1928. She was a social worker in Chicago at the Chicago Orphan Asylum and head of the Department of Sociology at Ginling College in […]

Ethel Martus Lawther was hired by Mary Channing Coleman as a professor within the Department of Physical Education in 1931. Upon Coleman’s death in 1947, Martus became only the second head of the school’s Department of Physical Education. She was an early proponent of the importance of physical activity for girls and women and stressed the […]