Betty Anne Ragland Stanback Scholarship Fund
The following biography was written at the time of this scholarship establishment; some information may not be up to date:
The late Betty Anne Ragland Stanback, vice chairman of the board of trustees at UNC Greensboro, was born in Salisbury, NC. She was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UNCG, where she received a bachelor’s degree in English in 1946 and master or science in history in 1970. She was the wife of William C. Stanback, a partner in the Stanback Co. and former mayor of Salisbury.
She served as chairman of the Rowan County Chapter of the Alumni Association and the annual giving campaign in Rowan. In 1962, when she was named Woman of the Year in Salisbury, she was the youngest citizen to be so honored. Her civic, cultural, and professional contributions to Salisbury and Rowan County, before and after 1962, were legion. She served as president of the local branch of AAUW, of the PTA at her children’s school, of the county’s Democratic Women, of the city’s Symphony Board, and of the women of her church. She served on the governing boards of the Piedmont Players, the county Mental Health Association, the committee for the Setzer School restoration, and the city Housing Authority.
She was a former book reviewer for the Greensboro Daily News and the Salisbury Post. She taught English and creative writing at Catawba College; her students honored her as “a gifted and stimulating teacher … a noble lady.” In 1971, when she was presented a Service Award by the Alumni Association of UNCG, she was the youngest alumna to be so honored. She was the past president of UNCG’s Alumni Association and headed that organization from 1973 to 1975. Mrs. Stanback was long active in the Alumni Association and served as its first vice president and as chairman of the Alumni-University Council in 1968-1970. She was a member of the Alumni Board of Trustees in 1965-1967, and in 1965-1966 she was a member of the Alumni Annual Giving Council and was its chairman from 1966-1968. She was also a member of the Alumni Association’s Editorial Board and vice president of the UNCG Friends of the Library.
Betty Ann Stanback believed that “knowledge translates into enlighened, effective, and responsible leadership for a community – be it a city, a university, a symphonic society, a political party, or a church.”