Bronwyn Thornburg sought to make change at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, reinstating one of the buildings as the spiritual structure it originally was for the purposes of non-denominational activity. She shares why she thought it would be easy, the challenges she encountered and the wins that surprisingly resulted from her effort.
Bronwyn has lived all over the world but is always drawn back home to Chapel Hill. She has known the campus of UNC from many perspectives - as a town resident, as a student and also as a staff member. She fondly remembers evening chapel service from her formative boarding school days and even now elects to worship in an academic campus environment due to the vibrancy of the community and the liturgical experience. She hopes that all students who want faith exploration to be part of their personal development have a variety of opportunities immediately accessible to them. In pursuit of a passion or in the face of opposition, Bronwyn is known for asking tough "why?” and “why not?” questions and, when needed, embraces the Southern practice of asking forgiveness rather than permission.
Professionally, she spends her time managing sales and guest services for a luxury tour operator specializing in global golf trips. Personally, she enjoys culinary adventures, contemporary novels, competitive board games, UNC sports, and hikes with her husband, two teenage kids and rescue mutt.