Well Said: Celebrating Carolina’s birthday

On this week’s podcast, Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz shares what makes Carolina such a special place ahead of its birthday celebration as the nation’s first public university.

On Oct. 12, 1793, the cornerstone of Old East was laid, making Carolina the first public university in the nation. To mark that occasion and to celebrate Carolina’s future, we celebrate University Day on Oct. 12 every year.

“Our history as the nation’s first public university gives us a unique opportunity to celebrate what makes us uniquely Carolina,” said Interim Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz.

For Guskiewicz, what makes Carolina unique is its commitment to serving the state of North Carolina, which is this year’s University Day theme.

“We’re celebrating the fact that we are passionately public, that we are the leading global public research university that has stayed true to its mission,” he said.

As a member of the faculty since 1995 and the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Exercise and Sport Science, Guskiewicz knows how fundamental serving the state is to Carolina’s identity. Before serving as interim chancellor, Guskiewicz led the Department of Exercise and Sport Science and was dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

What keeps him committed to Carolina is the faculty, staff and students who are devoted to serving our state.

“I stepped foot on this campus 24 years ago and felt something special. It just felt right, and it’s felt right for 24 years,” he said. “It comes back to the people and the mission.”

On this week’s episode, Guskiewicz discusses what differentiates Carolina from its peers and what the University means to him.

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Read a transcript of the episode.