He’ll be honored at a campuswide reception from 1-3 p.m. on Monday, May 12, in Cone Ballroom of Elliott University Center.
“It has been an honor and one of my life’s blessings to lead the innovative, dedicated and ethical staff in Business Affairs who serve the campus every hour of every day of the year,” Taylor said. “The richness of the diversity on this campus is one of its hallmarks and a source of energy and pleasure for me.”
Taylor joined UNCG in 1987. He served as assistant controller and accounting manager from 1987 to 1993, when he was appointed controller. He was named director of financial planning and budgets in 1996, serving until his appointment as vice chancellor in 2006, succeeding Phil Richman.
As vice chancellor, Taylor said the job has been an education. Ticking off a long list, he’s learned about areas as diverse as sustainability, police, facilities, real estate, LEED construction and endowment management. In recent years, there has also been a learning curve for housekeeping, lab safety, railroads, politicians, parking, food service, bird flu, bells, bookstores, bonds and hedge funds.
“Reade Taylor has been one of my closest advisers since 2008,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “Throughout his service at UNCG he has considered issues and made decisions keeping in mind the primary goal of serving the long-term interests of the university. UNCG is a better place today because of his unselfish commitment to our students, faculty and staff. He will be missed.”
Taylor gives credit to the Business Affairs staff for the division’s successes on his watch. “My job has been to foster innovation and support my staff,” Taylor said. “I agree with the person who once said his key to success was ‘I don’t trip my players as they run onto the field.’”
Among the major areas of success Taylor cites are:
- Support of campus facility renovation and expansion, which has integrated living-learning communities into residence halls; developed stronger partnerships with the city; established a neighborhood consortium; renovated student-oriented buildings to better serve current students and attract new ones.
- Establishing a culture of sustainability, which created a Sustainability Office that has led to cost reductions in solid waste, water usage and utilities; Chancellor Brady signed onto the American Campus and University Climate Commitment; expanded the Spartan Chariot, and collaborated with the city and other institutions to establish the GTA HEAT service; reduced landfill waste from operations and construction projects; significantly reduced UNCG’s per-square-foot energy consumption; attained a STARS® Silver rating; significantly improved utilization of HUB contractors; received designation as Tree Campus USA; reduced parking permit sales to avoid having to add spaces.
- Nurturing a culture of innovation and improved efficiency that has provided a way for faculty and EPA applicants to submit their application materials electronically; implemented e-marketplace that allowed the university to secure better pricing for all UNCG departments (with the savings staying in the departments); increased use of electronic communication and use of UNCGenie for payroll, tax withholding and reporting; and overhauled delivery of student mail.
- Raising risk awareness across the university; recognized in an era of increasingly constrained resources it is more important than ever to make risk-aware decisions (not only for the department making the decision, but also other areas that may be impacted); established a formal Emergency Management function to raise awareness of and prepare for weather, environmental toxins, violence, or other catastrophes and emergencies.
- Establishment of and adherence to a written Business Affairs Code of Ethics.
“Throughout my life I have always looked toward the next chapter,” Taylor said. “Although I’m a little anxious about such a significant transition, I am ready for another change.” His future plans include traveling, reading, gardening, photography and spending more time with his parents. He also wants to serve as a UNCG Guarantee mentor.
By Steve Gilliam, University Relations