Encyclopedia of UNCG History

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

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.┬áPrior to this appointment, Dr. Gilliam served as Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs for seven years and was a […]

Debra W. Stewart was appointed interim Chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in August 1994 upon the retirement of William E. Moran. She served in this role until January 1995, when Patricia A. Sullivan took office as Chancellor. Stewart came to UNCG temporarily while serving as graduate dean and then vice provost […]

Born in Anguilla, Mississippi, in 1916, James Sharbrough Ferguson grew up in the midst of change and economic depression. The son of a Methodist minister, Ferguson spent his childhood in various south Mississippi towns and villages where his father’s ministry took the family. Educated in the public schools of the state, he graduated from high […]

Otis Arnold Singletary was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, October 31, 1921, and received a B.A. degree from Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi, in 1947. He received a M.A. (1949) and a Ph.D. (1954) from Louisiana State University. Singletary taught with the LSU Extension Division (1949-1951), was instructor at the Navy Supply Corps School, and taught in […]

Gordon Williams Blackwell, son of a Baptist minister, was born on April 27, 1911 in Timmonsville, South Carolina but grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He graduated from Furman University in 1932 and went on to receive a M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1933) and a M.A. (1937) and Ph.D. […]

William Whatley Pierson was born in Brundige, Alabama on November 30, 1890. He attended Alabama State Normal School where he received the Ph.B. degree in 1908. Afterwards he received the B.A. (1910) and M.A. (1911) from the University of Alabama. He also earned his M.A. (1912) and Ph.D. (1916) from Columbia University, where he specialized […]

Walter Clinton Jackson was born in Hayston, Georgia, on June 28, 1879. He attended the Hayston public schools and was graduated from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia in 1900. In 1902, after teaching two years in Georgia, he came to Greensboro, N. C., where he taught and served as principal of Greensboro High School until […]