American Heart Association Announces UNC Greensboro Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. as 2018 Greater Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk Chair
The American Heart Association is proud to announce UNC Greensboro Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. as chairman for the 2018 Greater Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk, which will be held on UNC Greensboro’s campus on Saturday, May 19. The Greater Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk is striving to reach 5,000 walkers and raise $500,000 to fund heart disease and stroke research and prevention education this year.
“Playing a central role in the Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk’s campaign this year is a natural fit for our university,” said Chancellor Gilliam. “Health and wellness is one of the primary areas of focus for UNC Greensboro in our recently issued 5-year strategic plan – and that means promoting, protecting and advancing health and wellness across our campus, across our university community and throughout this region are important to us. When we invest our time and efforts into the health and wellness of our community, it becomes a place that draws students to our campus and encourages our graduates to stay in Guilford County to work and raise their families. This results in a more energetic, vibrant, prosperous and thriving community.”
Chancellor Gilliam was elected as the 11th Chancellor of UNC Greensboro in September of 2015. Prior to his UNC Greensboro position, he was a longtime UCLA professor of public policy and political science and was the Dean of the Luskin School of Public Affairs for UCLA.
“We are extremely honored to have Chancellor Gilliam lead the Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk this year. It takes strong dedicated community leaders to truly create a culture of health. Together with UNC Greensboro and Chancellor Gilliam, I am excited about the impact that we can have on heart disease and stroke in Guilford County,” said Garet Beane, Development Director for the American Heart Association’s Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States. Stroke is a leading cause of permanent disability in the nation. In Guilford County, diseases of the heart are the second leading causes of death and stroke is the third cause of death in our community.
About the American Heart Association – The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About The University of North Carolina at Greensboro – The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a higher-research activity university as classified by the Carnegie Foundation. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC system institutions, UNCG is one of the most diverse universities in the state with nearly 20,000 students and over 2,700 faculty and staff members representing more than 90 nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 100 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNCG is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit uncg.edu and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.