The UNC Asheville Chancellor's
Dr. Anne Ponder (center) presents the
Chancellor's Medallion to Luther and Ruth Barnhard
The UNC Asheville Chancellorís
Medallion is the insignia of office worn by the Chancellor at Convocation,
Commencement and other occasions of academic ceremony. It was established by
Chancellor Dave Brown in 1985. A new medallion was commissioned in 1995 for
Chancellor Patsy Reedís installation. It was designed by art professors Tucker
Cooke and Elma Johnson, crafted by jeweler Paula Dawkins of Asheville, and given
as a gift to the University from the Board of Trustees.
Beginning in 1985, replicas of
the Chancellorís Medallion were presented to individuals whose lives and service
demonstrated the deepest commitment to the enhancement of
UNC Asheville. During Chancellor Jim Mullenís tenure, the definition was
broadened to individuals who made extraordinary contributions to higher
education, community service and public leadership.
The Chancellorís Medallion is
the highest non-academic honor awarded by UNC Asheville. Recipients are chosen
at the discretion of the Chancellor.