Grace W. Wagoner, a University staff member since 1960, had directed the Property Office since 1971.
She oversaw all University transactions involving acquisition, sale and leasing property. Other responsibilities included the inventory, repair and care of 3,000 pieces of historic property and management of the University’s insurance coverage (except for employee benefits).
Wagoner’s citation lauded her bargaining skills because the real estate transactions she oversaw affected the town so profoundly. In addition, those decisions came under public and government scrutiny.
“To handle these touchy and delicate matters with skill and tact is an invaluable gift in negotiations that, in some quarters, become the occasion for explosive passion and racking conflict,” the citation said. “(Wagoner) is the admired exemplar of all of the matched skills and talents needed for these difficult responsibilities.”
During her tenure, Wagoner represented the University on the Chapel Hill Appearance Commission for nine years. She was a member of the Society of Property Administrators and the University Risk Management and Insurance Association.
A native of Yadkinville, Wagoner was a graduate of UNC-Greensboro. She had been a board member of Orange Federal Savings & Loan Association since 1978, president of the local Altrusa chapter, charter member of the Binkley Baptist Church and a board member of the Chapel Hill Preservation Society.