Shirley Frye

YWCA Names New Facility after N.C. A&T Foundation Board President Shirley Frye

Stunned is one of the words Shirley Frye used to describe her feelings regarding the news that the YWCA Greensboro named its newly renovated 19,300 square foot permanent facility in her honor.

The North Carolina A&T State University Foundation Board of Directors president and university alumna was also more than grateful to be the namesake for the new Shirley T. Frye YWCA.

“I am just humbled and appreciative,” said Frye. “There are so many other people who they could have chosen, but I’ve just always done what I was supposed to do and they chose me. It was definitely a surprise.”

Frye served on the National YWCA Board from 1973 to 1993 and on the YWCA Greensboro Board of Directors from 1963 to 1970, of which two years she was board president. Among numerous other awards Frye received the YWCA Living Legend Award and the YWCA Woman of the Year Award.  

“Now – because of this decision our board has made – for generations, every time anyone says the name ‘Shirley Frye’ and passes through these doors, they will be inspired and reminded that a voice is the most powerful thing on earth, and our service to our community and each other truly does make a difference,” said Lindy Garnette, CEO of YWCA Greensboro, in a comment to the Triad Business Journal.

A tireless educator, philanthropist and community leader, Frye has lent her abilities to countless associations and affiliations and received more than 25 honors and awards throughout North Carolina as well as nationally.

She worked in several different capacities at N.C. A&T including assistant vice chancellor for development and university relations and a special assignment as executive assistant to the chancellor.

Frye also held the position of vice president of community relations for the Greensboro CBS affiliate, WFMY-TV for more than 10 years.  

The new Shirley T. Frye YWCA is located at 1807 East Wendover Avenue in Greensboro.