The UNCG Spartan Orientation Staff students have been preparing to welcome a big incoming freshman class.
On May 22, they were first in line on the steps of Alumni House to welcome UNCG’s new chancellor.
Gilliam was introduced by Trustees chair and Search Committee chair Susan Safran. He had been elected to be UNCG’s 11th chancellor earlier in the day at the UNC system Board of Governors meeting.
Gilliam has been dean of the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA since 2008. Gilliam has focused on establishing UCLA Luskin as a leader in finding solutions to society’s most pressing problems – from juvenile justice to drug policy, from child welfare and health care reform to transportation and the environment. He also secured a $50-million naming gift for the school and has launched new campaigns to elevate its mission of public service. Under his leadership, it has launched major administrative and educational initiatives ranging from an ambitious centennial fundraising campaign and strategic planning initiative to programs in global public affairs, leadership, digital governance, and inequality. The school’s active research centers include the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, the Institute for Transportation Studies, the Center for Policy Research on Aging, the Luskin Center for Innovation and, coming August 1, the new Institute on Inequality and Democracy.
A native of Bloomington, MN, Gilliam earned a bachelor’s degree in political science (1977) from Drake University and holds master’s (1978) and doctoral (1983) degrees in the field from the University of Iowa. Early in his academic career, he taught at Grinnell College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison before joining the UCLA faculty in 1986 as an assistant professor of political science. Twice nominated for UCLA’s Luckman Distinguished Teaching Award, Gilliam also has taught at the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and was a Visiting Scholar at Brandeis University. In addition, he taught at Fisk University, Middle Tennessee State University, and with former Vice President Al Gore at Columbia University.
Gilliam will assume his new duties Sept. 8. Dr. Dunn, provost and executive vice chancellor since summer 2014, will continue to serve as acting chancellor until that time.