Asheville Honored Seven from Its History During Founders Day;
University Celebrated Its Past, Future and Focus on Civic Engagement
Asheville honored seven distinguished individuals from its
history at a Founders Day dinner on Friday, Oct. 1. Earlier that
UNC Asheville Chancellor Jim Mullen and Anderson Cooper, host of the
CNN evening news program Anderson Cooper 360°, spoke about
importance of student civic engagement at a special program in
annual celebration highlights UNC Asheville's start in 1927 as
Buncombe County Junior College and its transformation into a leading
public liberal arts college.
is appropriate that we pause during this busy academic year to look
back with appreciation and toward the future with expectation and
anticipation," said Chancellor Mullen. "Founders Day
commemorates the bringing to life the belief of A.C. Reynolds and
others that the future of this community and this region was
inexorably linked to the educational opportunities available to
young women and young men, who in many cases had little access to
1:30 p.m. special program, Chancellor Mullen discussed UNC
Asheville's historic and continuing commitment to civic engagement.
Anderson Cooper spoke about the role of broadcast journalism in
covering the upcoming presidential election and the challenge of
educating new generations of college students to be informed and
dinner, UNC Asheville's highest nonacademic honor, the Chancellor's
Medallion, was awarded to Pete McDaniel, a senior writer with
Golf Digest who has chronicled Tiger Wood's career since 1994. A
literature major who graduated from UNC Asheville in 1974, McDaniel
is the author of "Uneven Lies: The Heroic Story of
African-Americans in Golf" and co-author of the best-selling
book, "Training a Tiger."
native of Arden, he has been employed by the New York Times Co.
since 1979, serving for 12 years as sports editor of the
Hendersonville Times-News. From 1993-1997, he was senior writer for
Golf World magazine. He began covering Tiger Woods when he wrote the
1994 cover story for Golf World's Man of the Year issue. In 1997,
McDaniel joined Golf Digest as senior writer with the primary
responsibility of collaborating on instructional articles with
is the recipient of the prestigious Black Achievers in Industry
Award, presented annually by the Harlem YMCA, and is the winner of
several North Carolina Press Association awards.
were also presented to the Alumna of the Year, Audrey Byrd
Mosley, and Alumnus of the Year, James A. Shields.
an Asheville native, is Deputy General Counsel for the National
Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. A 1974 UNC Asheville
graduate who majored in political science and classics, she holds a
law degree from Harvard Law School. Her practice includes
intellectual property, employment law, real property and general
is head of Anderson Hamilton Inc., an investment firm in
Winston-Salem. A 1975 graduate and philosophy major, he is
continuing his studies as an external graduate student in philosophy
at the University of Wales, Lampeter.
people who were instrumental in the growth of UNC Asheville's
Athletic Program and two exceptional student-athletes were inducted into the UNC Asheville Athletic Hall of Fame. This year's
inductees are: Ed B. Harris, Athletics Administrator in 1981-1985;
Jerry Green, head men's basketball coach in 1979-1988; Kim Duncan, a
member of the 1984 women's basketball national championship team;
and Brian Shehan, who played baseball during 1987-90 and still holds
a number of hitting records.
is noted for his leadership in moving the University Athletics
Program from the NAIA to NCAA Division I. During his tenure, the
women's basketball team won the 1984 NAIA national championship and
the men's basketball team reached two District 26 championship
games. Harris is now Athletic Director at West Texas A& M
University in Canyon, Texas.
led UNC Asheville's men's basketball program from a struggling NAIA
team to a NCAA Division I winner during his nine-year tenure. While
at UNC Asheville, he guided the Bulldogs to seven consecutive
winning seasons and an overall record of 150-108, the highest
winning percentage of any UNC Asheville basketball coach. Green, who
is now retired, lives in Surf City, N.C.
who played women's basketball from 1981 to 1985, helped lead the
Bulldogs to three straight winning seasons and the NAIA national
championship in 1984. A four-year starter, Duncan finished her
career as the university's second all-time leading scorer with 1,975
points and as third leading rebounder with 888 rebounds. She lives
now in Gastonia, N.C.
who played baseball from 1987 to 1990, continues to hold seven UNC
Asheville hitting records. In 1989, he had a single-season record
for home runs (19), RBIs (59), slugging percentage (.786), doubles
(14) and total bases (140). Shehan was drafted by the Montreal Expos
in 1990. A 1992 UNC Asheville graduate and a management major, he
lives now in Granite Falls, N.C.