Faces of UNC Asheville
Meet individuals who shape the UNC Asheville academic community.
Dr. Anne Ponder has served as the sixth Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Asheville since October 2005. A nationally known expert on strategic planning and fundraising, she began her UNC Asheville tenure by leading a campus-wide collaboration to create a dynamic and viable... Read More
Jane Kelleher Fernandes joined UNC Asheville as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in July 2008. As an academic leader and educator of national prominence, her life's work—creating inclusive academic excellence in education at all levels—has taken her from Hawaii to the Atlantic... Read More
Elizabeth “Buffy” Bagwell began as the Interim Vice Chancellor in June 2012, and was named Vice Chancellor for University Advancement by the Board of Trustees on December 3, 2012. In this role, Bagwell oversees the University Advancement division, which encompasses Major Gifts, Corporate and... Read More
Lucien “Skip” Capone III is Special Counsel with the University of North Carolina at Asheville and has been with the University since April of 2010. Following a brief attempt at retirement in 2012, he rejoined the senior team in 2013.
Prior to that he was the University Counsel at the... Read More
Janet Cone joined UNC Asheville as Athletics Director in April 2004. Previously, she served as Associate Athletics Director at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. Samford, which has 4,500 students, competes at the NCAA Division I level and offers 17 men's and women's sports.
Cone... Read More
Bill Haggard joined UNC Asheville as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs in July 2006. Dr. Haggard came to UNC Asheville from Western Carolina University, where he had served for nine years as Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and for five years as Dean for Student Development.... Read More
Heather Parlier joined the General Counsel’s Office in 2013. Previously, Heather served as Associate General Counsel of The City University of New York. Prior to promotion at CUNY she held the position of Assistant General Counsel and mentor of CUNY Law Fellows.
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John G. Pierce joined UNC Asheville as Vice Chancellor for Finance & Campus Operations in August 2008. Pierce comes to the position with more than 20 years of chief financial officer experience.
Most recently, he served as Vice President of Finance and CFO of Sonopress (now Arvato... Read More
Christine Riley joined UNC Asheville in October 2005. Previously, she worked closely with UNC Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder at Colby-Sawyer College. A New Hampshire native, Riley's responsibilities primarily involve people and planning. She currently oversees the Human Resources Department... Read More