Chancellor’s Biography

The University of North Carolina Asheville’s eighth Chancellor is Nancy J. Cable, a nationally recognized leader in both private and public higher education, with a strong record of leadership in higher education financial aid and affordability and a proven national advocacy to the enduring importance of a liberal arts and sciences undergraduate education. A native of Ohio with degrees in history from Marietta College, the University of Vermont and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, Chancellor Cable assumed her duties at UNC Asheville in August of 2018.

Dr. Cable’s former leadership positions in higher education were at Denison University where she was faculty member and Dean. She served as Dean at Guilford College in Greensboro and was the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Davidson College for 15 years. (She says “the most famous thing she ever did was to admit Steph Curry to Davidson.”) Dr. Cable was the Vice President for Development in the College of Engineering at the University of Virginia, her alma mater, and served as Interim President at Bates College in Maine.  Prior to her current work at UNC Asheville, Dr. Cable was president of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, a leading national philanthropy that provides grant funding to colleges and universities, to public television documentaries and children’s television programs.

In 2012, Dr. Cable was selected as a Fulbright Senior Specialist on the higher education in China project. She has also served on numerous boards, including the Council of Independent Colleges, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and from 1995-2003 as a Trustee of the Asheville School. She currently serves on the boards of the National Trust for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and the Asheville Symphony. She was recently selected to serve on the board of the newly announced Project Kitty Hawk, the UNC System’s online learning platform startup that will partner with UNC System universities to serve adult learners.

She also serves on the Board of Directors for filmmaker Ken Burns’s The Better Angels Society, advising on his historical documentaries and raising funds to allow him to do his work exclusively on public television that is available to all Americans.

Among her many accomplishments at UNC Asheville, Chancellor Cable most recently secured the University’s largest ever state budget allocation of $17 million for key initiatives related to campus community revitalization efforts plus an additional $21 million for repair and renovation for campus academic facilities and key infrastructure needs that will benefit of our community on campus, in Asheville, and beyond.