Longtime UNC Greensboro Chancellor Patricia Sullivan has died.
She was 69.
Sullivan died early Thursday after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Sullivan was UNCG's chancellor for nearly 14 years, from January 1995 to July 2008.
“Her leadership and dedication, and her fighting spirit, have made an indelible mark on the life of this university," said her successor, Linda Brady. "I feel the loss personally because Pat has been a source of advice and counsel during my first year as chancellor. She was a good friend to me as a newcomer to Greensboro. We shall miss her."
Under Sullivan's leadership, UNCG experienced a physical transformation. The campus spent $500 million on new construction and renovation during her tenure, including the creation of four new major academic buildings.
Enrollment boomed during Sullivan's tenure, a 36 percent hike from 12,644 in 1995 to 17,407 when she retired last year.
And UNCG expanded its programs as well, adding nine doctoral programs and establishing more than 15 research centers. One of particular note in Greensboro: the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, with North Carolina A & T University, which is also in Grensboro.
A native New Yorker, Sullivan came to Greensboro from Texas Woman's University, becoming UNCG's first female leader.
And the longer she worked at UNCG, the better she was liked in the community, said Jim Phillips, a Greensboro attorney and former chairman of the governing board overseeing the UNC system, of which UNCG is a member campus.
"She had a real way about her, saying her piece and being forceful without being offensive," Phillips said. "Pat wore very well in this community. The longer she was here, the more her stature grew."
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