The University of North Carolina at Asheville has announced the creation of a new institute that aims to be a national model for blending environmental study with business and sustainable economic growth in urban and rural landscapes.
UNC Asheville has chosen to name the institute the McCullough Institute for Conservation, Land Use and Environmental Resiliency to honor Dr. Charles T. McCullough Jr. for his lifelong civic and environmental advocacy. McCullough and his wife, Shirley Anne McCullough, have committed $1 million to create an endowment for the institute. Their hope is that UNC Asheville will help solve some of the nation’s most challenging problems while creating job opportunities in environmental careers for its liberal arts students. McCullough, a resident of Asheville for more than 40 years, was a founding partner of the Blue Ridge Bone and Joint Clinic.
Chancellor Anne Ponder said, “The creation of this institute puts our university at the center of a critical national conversation. This is a legacy gift for Asheville, for students and for the future. The McCullough family realizes that a multidisciplinary approach to environmental resiliency is ideally suited to the character of UNC Asheville, the values of our residents and the interests of our faculty and students.”
Ponder said the university, in its Asheville setting, is uniquely placed to create a national model here for students, faculty, staff, businesses and governments to address some of the most interesting and pressing issues of our time.
Learn more about the McCullough Institute.