Patricia Sullivan

  • Born: Nov. 22, 1939
  • Family: Husband, Charles Sullivan, electrical engineer and computer software engineer.
  • Education: Bachelor's degree in biology from St. John's Univeristy. Master's and Ph.D. in biology from New York University.
  • Previous administrative posts: Dean of the college at Salem College 1981-1987; vice president for academic affairs at Texas Woman's University 1987-1993; interim president of Texas Woman's University 1993-1994
  • Jan 3, 1995: Sullivan is hired and assumes duties as UNCG chancellor.
  • May 1995: The total number of degrees awarded will include well over 1,600 undergraduates and nearly 700 graduate students-of which 73 are candidates for doctoral degrees.
  • Oct 2 1995: Formally installed as UNCG’s first female chancellor.
  • May 1996: Interviewed by William C. Friday on North Carolina People for UNC-TV.
  • September 1996: After a half-million-dollar renovation, Sullivan moves into the Joseph M. Bryan’s Irving Park home. In his will, Bryan directed his home be offered rent free to UNCG as the university's chancellor's residence.
  • 1997: External funding for research, public service and creative activity at UNCG rose to nearly $16 million.
  • March 1997: Sullivan is appointed to a three-year term on the American Council on Education's Commission on Women in Higher Education.
  • 1999: Second Century Campaign, the five-year campaign, which ended in January 1999, raised $55.4 million; more than four times what UNCG's last capital campaign raised in 1984. Faculty members brought in a record $23.5 million in research grants.
  • 2001: UNCG face $6 million budget cut.
  • July 2001: An agreement between Sullivan and Preservation North Carolina saves the UNCG’s Chancellor’s house. Every chancellor had lived there except Charles D. McIver, who founded the school in 1892.
  • Jan 2002: Sullivan is elected to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities board of directors.
  • Feb 2002: Four die in a fire that destroys Campus Walk apartment complex, home to many UNCG students.
  • Aug 2004: Students First campaign kicks off, the largest in the university's history, with a goal of $142 million.
  • Dec 2007: Sullivan announces plans to retire in July 2008.
  • April 2008: UNCG’S Board of Trustees names the new science building after Sullivan.
  • August 20, 2009: Dies

Compiled by Diane Lamb News & Record Researcher

By the numbers
9 Sullivan is the ninth person - and the first women - to serve as a permanent UNCG chancellor
13 Percent growth in the enrollment during Sullivan's tenure, from 12,644 students in 1995 to 14,328 in 2003
86 Number of faculty members added from 1999-2003
575 Number of full-time workers added to the Spartan family from 1993 through 2003
$12.6 The amount in millions of grant-funding awarded to UNCG in 1995
$31.3 The amount in millions of grant-funding awarded to UNCG in 2004
$400 Estimated amount in millions of construction and renovation on UNCG's campus in 10 years
27,146 Number of graduates with Sullivan's signature on their degree, from 1995-2004



GREENSBORO — Dr. Patricia A. Sullivan, who became the first woman chancellor at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1995, died Thursday morning, August 20, 2009, after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 69.The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 23, at Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel. A funeral mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 24, at St. Paul The Apostle Catholic Church on Horse Pen Creek Road.She was born in Staten Island, New York, to the late John Marion and Antoinette Maria (Puglia) Nagengast. Pat is survived by her husband of 42 years, Dr. Charles Sullivan, of the home; nephews, James Michael and Robert Anthony Nagengast of Long Island, New York; brother-in-law and family, James Burke Sullivan and Ahni Sallaway and children, Julia Sallaway Sullivan and James “Jay” Sallaway Sullivan.Sullivan was UNCG’s ninth chief executive, taking over as chancellor on Jan. 1, 1995. She retired from the position on July 31, 2008.During the Sullivan years, UNCG carried out its vision statement of becoming “a diverse, student-centered research university, linking the Triad and North Carolina to the world through learning, discovery and service.” Her tenure was marked by tremendous growth in enrollment, academic programs, research initiatives, diversity among the student body and faculty, endowments and fundraising. One of Pat’s significant achievements was her leadership role in campaigning to promote the $3.1 billion N.C. Higher Education Bonds referendum, which state voters approved by a 3-to-1 margin in the Fall 2000 election. UNCG received $166 million from the bonds for capital projects that included three new buildings and a host of renovation and infrastructure projects. Upon her retirement the board of trustees honored her by naming the $47 million science building after her. Nationally, she was involved with the American Council on Education, chairing its Commission on Women in Higher Education. Her service to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities includes chairing the task force on mathematics and science enrollments in 2006. She serves on the advisory board of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), which administers the Fulbright Scholar Program. In the Triad, she served on the board of the United Way of Greater Greensboro and was chair of the city campaign in 2002. She also served on the boards of the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry, Greensboro Area Chamber of Commerce, the Center for Creative Leadership, and the Advisory Council of Greater Greensboro Cities in Schools.Her awards and honors included the 2007 Thomas Osborne Distinguished Citizenship Award from the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce; being one of 10 recipients of the 2003 Women in Business Awards, presented annually by the Business Journal; becoming a 2003 inductee for the Business Leaders Hall of Fame of the Central North Carolina Junior Achievement; and being selected as one of “10 People to Watch in 2004” by The Business Journal. In 1999, she received the honorary Doctor of Pedagogy degree from St. John’s University. She was also the recipient of the Old North State award. Sullivan was a 1961 *** laude graduate of Notre Dame College of St. John’s University, and earned her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in biology from New York University. Her career began in 1961 as a teaching fellow at NYU, and she later held pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships from the National Institutes of Health. She spent nine years (1970-1979) on the biology faculty at Wells College, where she chaired the Life Sciences Division and the Science and Human Values Project, and directed the Women in Science Program. She spent eight years at Texas Woman’s University, starting as an associate professor of biology from 1979-1981. She then went to Salem College in Winston-Salem, where she was Dean of the College from 1981-1987. She returned to Texas Woman’s University in 1987 to become vice president for academic affairs. She remained at TWU until 1994, serving as TWU’S interim president 1993-1994. Her selection for the top job at UNCG was announced on Oct. 14, 1994, by then-UNC President C.D. Spangler Jr., who said it was high time for UNCG to have a woman as chancellor – 103 years after the institution’s opening in 1892 as a normal school for the education of women. Per her wishes, in lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Dr. Patricia A. Sullivan and Dr. Charles W. Sullivan Scholarship Fund, which the couple created at UNCG. Donations can be mailed to UNCG Advancement Services, P.O. Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402.Offer condolences at www.

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