Encyclopedia of UNCG History

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

Raymond J. Gariglio came to UNCG in 1966 as a Professor of Music and became the bandmaster for all UNCG performing band ensembles, many of which he founded himself. In 1969, he established the UNCG Jazz Ensemble, the first university-accredited jazz ensemble in North Carolina, and by 1983, his tireless work in the field had […]

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. Albert S. Keister arrived at the North Carolina College for Women (now UNCG) in 1924, halfway through completing his PhD in economics at the University of Chicago (a degree he completed in 1927). Upon his hiring, he taught courses in sociology and political science, as the school had no formal economics department. He also […]

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 […]

A native of Flint, Michigan, Richard “Dick” Sher was born on January 21, 1939 and obtained his mathematics degrees from The Michigan College of Mining and Technology (now Michigan Technological University) in 1960. After one year of graduate work at the University of Utah, he served for two years in the United States Army. Returning […]

Born in Oneida, Tennessee on 25 January 1921, Eldon Eugene “Gene” Posey received his B.S. in Mathematics from East Tennessee State before obtaining his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tennessee. While enrolled at East Tennessee State, Posey left college and signed up as a Cadet in the Air Force in 1941. Eventually […]

Helen Barton was born in Baltimore, Maryland on August 9, 1891. She attended Goucher College (Woman’s College of Baltimore until 1910) and graduated in 1913. The year after her graduation, Helen Barton served as an assistant in physics at Goucher and the following year did graduate work in mathematics and physics at Johns Hopkins. From 1915 until […]

Born in Atlanta on April 17, 1919, Dr. Anne Lewis was educated at the Randolph-Macon Women’s College (A.B., 1940), receiving her Master’s (1941) and Doctoral (1943) degrees at the University of Chicago. Dr. Lewis began her tenure as an instructor at the Woman’s College Department of Mathematics in 1945, and served as Department Head from 1956-1965. […]