Honors News

April 1, 2024

UNC Asheville Honors Program 2023 Annual Report is now available










August 18, 2023

UNC Asheville Honors Program welcomes record 51 new students

The Honors Program welcomed a record incoming class of 51 students in August 2023. We held a welcome dinner with a catered taco bar (student and staff favorite!) and lots of introductions to the program. A host of campus dignitaries welcomed them, including:

  • Interim Chancellor Dr. Kimberly van Noort
  • Associate Vice Chancellor for Admission and Financial Aid Marcio Moreno
  • Director of Admission for Recruitment and Outreach Kari Myrtle-Posey
  • Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Herman Holt
  • Former Honors Program Associate Pat O’Cain


May 1, 2023

Crystal Yau becomes the new Program Associate for Honors and Undergraduate Research

Mrs. Yau comes to UNC Asheville following 10 years of experience in Higher Education at Sydney University in Australia. There she led a team of seven administration officers in the Faculty of Science Portfolio. Crystal also brings extensive experience in, event planning, admissions, and advancement from work at the University of New South Whales and the University of Mount Olive .


September 26, 2022

Dr. Graham Reynolds named new Honors Program Director by Interim Provost Kimberly van Noort

Dear Campus Colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to announce that Graham Reynolds, associate professor of biology, has been appointed as the new director of the Honors Program. Dr. Reynolds joined our faculty in 2016, and currently holds extramural positions as an Associate at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, as a National Geographic Explorer, and as the Red List Authority for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Dr. Reynolds is an Associate Editor for three journals and has published sixty papers and three books, with scholarship focused on vertebrate biodiversity and conservation and work featured in outlets such as the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic, and the Harvard Gazette. He also serves the Asheville community as the Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors for Helpmate and as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Carolina Day School. Examples of Dr. Reynolds’ innovative and creative work on our campus and beyond include the “Biology of Star Wars” class he taught this summer as an introduction to biological evolution, his part in the discovery of a new species of snake, and his work with undergraduate research students.

We are excited to bring Dr. Reynolds’ expertise, passion, and leadership to our Honors Program. The Honors Program is so important to the identity of UNC Asheville and an important component of student life, recruitment, retention, and impactful experiences on campus and beyond. Dr. Reynolds will serve as program director for an initial 3-year term, during which time he plans to bring new experiences and opportunities to the students in the program.

Kimberly van Noort, Ph.D.

Interim Provost