UNCSA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Patrick J. Sims was named one of Black Business Ink magazine’s Power 100 during the publication’s 20th anniversary awards ceremony at the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, June 8.
The list represents 100 of the most influential people and organizations across North Carolina from a variety of industries including educators, health care professionals, politicians, business leaders and judges. Joining Provost Sims as Power 100 honorees this year are former state Supreme Court chief justices Cheri Beasley and Henry Frye, former NASA astronaut Joan Higginbotham, Atrium Health President and CEO Gene Woods, Hall of Fame football coach Bill Hayes and others.
“It's an honor to be among such a distinguished group of individuals who are tremendous servants to the residents of the great state of North Carolina,” said Provost Sims on receiving this accolade. “I'm beyond thrilled and truly humbled to be among the group.”
Provost Sims is the first UNCSA leader to be named in the Power 100 list.
“Patrick is a dynamic leader whose breadth of experiences as an administrator, educator and artist have greatly supported our work to advance UNCSA,” said Chancellor Brian Cole. “He is a student-focused leader who is committed to helping our faculty and staff foster an environment where our students can thrive, becoming the best artists they can be as well as their best selves.”This year’s cohort comprises individuals and organizations from more than 25 municipalities across the Tar Heel state.
“This awards ceremony is an opportunity to not only showcase a successful and longstanding Black-owned business and its service to the community, but also to highlight outstanding leaders who are truly making a difference,” said founder, publisher and editor of Black Business Ink, Richard L. Williams. “The individuals and organizations that comprise the POWER 100 have provided outstanding service in their communities, particularly among marginalized communities.”
Sims was named executive vice chancellor and provost of UNCSA in June 2020. He came to UNCSA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was the deputy vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion and the Elzie Higginbottom Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer. In addition to overseeing UW-Madison’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement (DDEEA), he also was founding director of the Theatre for Cultural and Social Awareness and a professor of theater. As the senior academic officer at UNCSA, Sims provides overall academic leadership for the school’s high school, undergraduate and graduate programs.
Black Business Ink aims to move and inspire readers through the stories of Black entrepreneurs, business leaders and community influencers who are impacting the present and shaping the future. The publication shares the stories of Black businesspersons, entrepreneurs and influencers so they can be celebrated for their work. It also offers business research, trends and best practices along with information to support the success of all while providing provocative, meaningful, fresh, dynamic content that informs, educates, empowers and inspires.
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June 09, 2023