Encyclopedia of UNCG History

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

Greensboro native Annie Vellna Scott arrived at State Normal and Industrial College in Fall 1910 at the age of 21. She was an active student at the State Normal and Industrial College as well as an early entrepreneur. She served on the board of directors of State Normal Magazine as a representative from the Adelphian […]

Patricia Jane Shore of East Bend, North Carolina, earned her B.S. in Business Education from Woman’s College  in 1958. She had intended to be a school teacher of business and commercial subjects and had already accepted a teaching job in Elkin, NC, when another opportunity arose that would change her career path. In order to […]

Elizabeth “Lizzie” McIver enrolled at the State Normal and Industrial School at its opening in October 1892. She was the younger sister of the school’s founding president Charles Duncan McIver. In fact, one of the drivers that led McIver to advocate for State Normal was the lack of reasonably priced institutions in North Carolina for […]

The daughter of Lebanese immigrants, Jumela Ann Boulus arrived at the Woman’s College from her home in China Grove, NC in the Fall of 1943. She majored in mathematics, and participated in numerous extracurricular activities, including the Catholic Students organization and Square Circle (a student group focused on the study of math). As the leader […]

Virginia Layden “Ginna” Tucker of Hertford, NC, was a North Carolina College for Women (NCCW, now UNCG) graduate whose pioneering work in aeronautics and mechanical engineering paved a path for women in STEM fields. Through her work for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA, now NASA) to her research at Northrop Aviation Corporation to […]

Larry McAdoo was one of the first African Americans male students to attend and the first to graduate from UNCG.  An honor student, he was also a legislature representative for the town student association while at UNCG.  Upon receiving his B.A. in Economics and Business Administration, McAdoo went on to attend Indiana University (M.B.A.) and was […]

A Greensboro native, Angela “Angie” Polk-Jones was a member of the UNCG Women’s Basketball team from 1985-1989 and was an Early Childhood Education major.  As a member of the women’s basketball team, Polk-Jones was named a First Team All America, became the Spartan’s all-time leading scorer with 1,585 points and led her team to the Division […]

Anne Prince (Class of 1964) was President of the Student Government Association in 1963 and called for boycotting and picketing of three businesses on Tate Street that refused to integrate.  A resolution was also passed by her administration that prohibited the three businesses from having advertisements in any of the Woman’s College publications. During her time […]