Linda P. Brady, 60, replaces Patricia Sullivan as chancellor of UNC Greensboro this month. For the past two years, she’s been senior vice president and provost at the University of Oregon. Before that, she was dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at N.C. State University for five years. The New York native has three degrees in political science — a bachelor’s and a master’s from Rutgers University and a doctorate from Ohio State University.
What do you plan to use from your five years at N.C. State? The university built strong relationships with SAS Institute and other businesses in the Research Triangle. I look forward to learning what some of those same partnerships could be in the Triad and applying some of those lessons.
What role should UNCG play in economic development? Brady: Research universities can work with the private sector to develop new products and businesses, which create jobs and transfer economic capital to the community.
How do you plan to do this? UNCG is building a research university in a way that allows it to remain student-centered, maintaining its focus on undergraduate education. I’m looking forward to working with Chancellor Stanley Battle at N.C. A&T State University. The combination of our programs with theirs — the partnership for the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering and Gateway University Research Park — should produce great results.
Is it hard to work with another university? The challenge in building a joint school is to ensure that all the parties believe they are making an equal effort and that there is appropriate recognition for both. But it can be done. I was at N.C. State when the biomedical engineering program was developed between it and UNC Chapel Hill and at Georgia Tech when it developed programs with Emory University.What will Gateway mean to the Triad?What is exciting about the park is the synergy it provides in the co-location of academic programs and industry. That facilitates the flow of research. N.C. State’s Centennial Campus is an example of that model that has worked extremely well.
What are UNCG’s research strengths? UNCG has strong programs in health and human performance, as well as an excellent nursing program. And, of course, the nanosciences. We are talking about the potential for expansion into pharmacy. That will involve a conversation with other institutions in the university system.
Is there room for two aerotropolises in one state? Henry Isaacson, chairman of the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority, says there is. State leaders have been trying for more than a decade to build an aerotropolis — an airport ringed by manufacturing and other travel-dependent businesses — in Kinston. It’s called the North Carolina Global TransPark. John Kasarda, a UNC Chapel Hill professor, says Piedmont Triad International Airport, near Greensboro, will become an aerotropolis when FedEx opens a sorting hub there next year. Isaacson says it already feels some lift from FedEx. “I’m not concerned about the TransPark taking anything away from us.”HIGH POINT — St. Louis-based Furniture Brands International plans to close its Henredon and Drexel Heritage plant here by 2009, idling about 300. City officials blamed the shifting of work to countries with cheaper labor.