Jane Fernandes

Vice Chancellor  at  University of North Carolina Asheville

About Jane Fernandes

Possessing more than 25 years of experience in higher education, Jane Fernandes serves as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina in Asheville. As Chief Academic Officer Fernandes oversees a program that consists of more than 40 majors, along with the school's library, academic support initiatives, and research activities. Responsible for enrollment management and professional development, Jane Fernandes plays an important role in the academic career of thousands of students.

In addition to her position at the University of North Carolina in Asheville, Jane Fernandes acts as a Senior Fellow at the Johnnetta B. Cole Global Diversity and Inclusion Institute. Promoting diversity in the workplace, she develops projects that increase the entity’s ability to raise public awareness and influence public policy. Furthermore, Fernandes delivered the keynote address at the Institute’s Chief Diversity Officers Forum and the United Way Inclusion Roundtable.

Supplementing her professional accomplishments, Jane Fernandes belongs to several nonprofit organizations. A Co-Facilitator with Building Bridges of Asheville, she also sits on the Board of Directors for the Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County and on the Advisory Board of the American Sign Language Program at the University of Iowa. Other groups Fernandes has participated with include the Advisory Boards of the Women's Leadership Training Institute at Gallaudet University and the National Deaf Education Project, as well as the Boards of Directors for Goodwill Industries of Hawaii, Inc., and for Hawaii Services on Deafness.

Jane Fernandes holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Literature from the University of Iowa. Fluent in American Sign Language, French, Italian, and English, Fernandes acquired a Philip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award, an Alexander Graham Bell Association Graduate Fellowship, and an Easter Seals Society of Iowa Lucille A. Abt Award while obtaining her Ph.D.

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