UNC’s Asheville Board of Trustees voted to adopt a resolution to remove the names of Vance and Hoey from UNC Asheville campus buildings immediately and will work collaboratively with the campus community to study all building names on campus and propose new names for the renaming of both buildings prior to the May 2021 Board of Trustees meeting.
The adoption of the resolution took place during the Board of Trustees’ regularly scheduled August meeting.
In the resolution, the Board of Trustees requested that UNC Asheville Chancellor Nancy J. Cable appoint a task force to study and review all UNC Asheville campus buildings and to suggest renaming options in support of the University-wide strategic commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity. The resolution states, “The UNC Asheville Board of Trustees desires all members of the UNC Asheville community to feel a sense of belonging, particularly those who often find themselves as targets of discrimination.”
Vance and Hoey Halls are named after former North Carolina governors Zebulon Baird Vance and Clyde R. Hoey, respectively. Vance was a Confederate military officer during the Civil War and owned enslaved people; Hoey was a segregationist and actively opposed civil rights legislation. Both Vance and Hoey maintained racist stances that do not align with UNC Asheville’s core values.
The resolution emanated from a variety of calls to action in this area including from the Student Government Association and from the UNC Alumni Board of Directors Chair Kenya Edwards in letter to the Board of Trustees on behalf of the University’s 21,000 alumni.