Alumni News

Anne Ponder (A.B.Ed. ’71) named new chancellor of UNC-Asheville

Anne Ponder was named the new chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, effective October 1, 2005.  An Asheville native, Ponder said she would use her ties in the community to strengthen the university’s role in the region. 

“Being home and rooted and comforted in these mountains will only enrich and deepen the work I am able to do with all of you,” she said in her inaugural state of the university address on September 29.  

For the past decade, Ponder has served as president of Colby-Sawyer College, a private liberal arts school in New Hampshire.  Previously she held administrative posts at Elon University and Guilford College in North Carolina and at Kenyon College in Ohio.