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About the Anne Queen Faculty Commons at the Campus Y

Renovated and opened in 2007


During the renovation of the Campus Y building, the Board of Trustees and the Office of the Provost determined that the Anne Queen Faculty Commons room should be a calm, welcoming place that affords faculty the opportunity to meet with colleagues and engage in discussion of matters of current concern on campus, as well as a place to relax. The planners sought to provide space on the central campus for informal gatherings, meetings, and programs that encourage faculty exchange.


To those ends, the Anne Queen Faculty Commons has been furnished with comfortable club chairs in small conversation groupings, as well as several tables seating three to six people. Arranged this way, seating for thirty people is available. The room is well suited to small groups meeting for coffee or lunch, as well as to individuals seeking a quiet space to read or work. It can also be arranged to accommodate somewhat larger receptions or programs involving up to about 75 people. Additional seating is available by request from Facilities Services, but the furniture must be picked up during the reserved period and removed from the Campus Y building. The Campus Y will not store furniture before and after events. There is no audiovisual equipment in the room.

About Anne Queen

Anne Queen was born in 1911 and raised in Canton, N.C. After ten years of factory work after high school, she earned a bachelor’s degree at Berea College in Kentucky and a divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School in 1948. After working three years as Assistant University Chaplain at the University of Georgia and five years as college secretary for the American Friends Service Committee in Greensboro, N.C., she became associate director of the YWCA at the University of North Carolina in 1956. She then became director of the newly merged YMCA-YWCA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1964, a position she retained until her retirement in 1975. Queen died in Canton in 2005.

UNC news release upon Anne Queen’s death
Inventory of the Anne Queen Papers in UNC’s Southern Historical Collection
Index of interviews with Anne Queen in the Southern Oral History Program’s collection

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