MCLA President Mary Grant Appointed Chancellor-Elect at UNC Asheville
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has announced that President Mary K. Grant, Ph.D., its 11th president and the first alumna to serve in that capacity, has been appointed chancellor-elect at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Asheville.
"It has been an honor and a privilege to work alongside Dr. Grant. Under her leadership the College has flourished. I am excited and happy about the many opportunities that the future holds for both the UNC Asheville and MCLA communities," Tyler Fairbank, chair of MCLA's Board of Trustees said.
Dr. Grant is an extraordinary leader with an eye toward the future of the College, its students, Berkshire County and the Commonwealth.
MCLA is the lead partner in the Berkshire Compact for Education, regarded as a model for collaboration across the county. The Compact's initial goal is to significantly increase county residents' aspirations for and access to higher education.
Other initiatives started under President Grant's direction include the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), which provides professional development training, resources, and support to the artists, art managers, and creative workers of Berkshire County through MCLA's Gallery 51 and the Berkshire Hills Internship Program (B-HIP). President Grant also secured federal funding to establish the Berkshire Environmental Resource Center (BERC), which promotes environmental awareness and preservation.
Our Campus and Beyond
Massachusetts continues to be a world leader in biotechnology and the life sciences. The Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation prepares students to enter these fields. The Center is also a resource for K-12 educators and students in the region, and for the Berkshire Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Pipeline Network by making labs, classrooms, and other resources available to the community.
The Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation represents the single-largest investment in public higher education in Berkshire County.