Catherine Frank, director of the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement at UNC Asheville, will discuss the center's genesis and future with William Friday on UNC-TV's "North Carolina People" set to air at 9 p.m. Friday, April 20, and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22. The program can also be seen online beginning Monday, April 23, on the UNC-TV website: http://video.unctv.org/program/nc-people/.
The N.C. Center for Creative Retirement, now in its 25th year, is a national model for lifelong learning, life transition, and leadership programs for older adults. The center and its programs have been highlighted on CBS Sunday Morning, and in USA Today, Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and other national media outlets. The center may be known best nationally for its Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend, begun in 1990, and its Paths to Creative Retirement program, begun in 2002, which have had almost 3,200 participants from across the country. Locally, the center is known for its innovative College for Seniors program, which offers some 250 courses each year.
The center was recently selected to receive a $2 million endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation, with the first half of the endowment to be awarded in summer 2012, which will be used to help the center move forward in the areas of civic engagement, diversity and research.
Since the 1971 debut of “North Carolina People,” William Friday has interviewed more than 1,500 of the Tar Heel State’s best thinkers, writers, politicians, educators, athletes, entertainers and other newsmakers. One of the most highly esteemed North Carolinians, many also know Friday from his 30 years as president of the University of North Carolina system. During his tenure he helped establish North Carolina as home to one of the preeminent university systems in the country.