Former Head of Student Affairs to Speak at Winter Commencement

Winston Crisp

Winston B. Crisp ’92 (JD) retired as vice chancellor for student affairs after 26 years of service at the University. (UNC photo)

Winston B. Crisp ’92 (JD), former vice chancellor for student affairs, will be the featured speaker at the Winter Commencement ceremony Dec. 16.

Crisp joined student affairs at UNC in 2005 as assistant vice chancellor. In 2010, he was named vice chancellor and remained in that role until this October, when he retired from the University after 26 years of service.

In his time at Carolina, Crisp became an integral part of the student experience, serving thousands of students and families. In the 2016-17 academic year, student affairs conducted more than 1,200 workshops and events, employed nearly 1,500 students and supported approximately 780 student organizations.

“When we think about Carolina, it is because of people like Winston who leave personal and lasting Tar Heel footprints on our campus and in our hearts. He cares so deeply and gives so completely, and no one ever forgets their first Vice Crispy hug,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt.“Winston always placed students at the center of our discussions as he worked to create student success and belonging in our Carolina Community. I was honored to have him as a most trusted adviser and friend. He is the right speaker to address a new generation of Carolina leaders who are beginning their personal journeys of service that will leave a mark on our state, nation and world.”

In March, Crisp led the effort to convene a mental health task force at the University to assess the scope of mental health care needs for students and to provide recommendations to the administration and Board of Trustees about policies and programs related to mental health care. Crisp also co-chaired the Chancellor’s Task Force on UNC-Chapel Hill History, working with colleagues to tell the full, complete and accurate history of the University.

A 1989 graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, Crisp arrived at UNC that same year to attend law school. Upon graduation, he became the law school’s first full-time assistant dean for student affairs and the first associate dean for student services. In those positions, he helped strengthen coordination among the academic program, financial management, outreach and student support areas.

Winter Commencement will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, in the Dean E. Smith Center.


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