B.S. – Berea College
M.A. – The University of Missouri
Ph.D. – Purdue University

Career Highlights

  • Superintendent, N.C. Agricultural Research Stations, 1938-46
  • Professor and head, Department of Animal Science, North Carolina State College, 1947-53
  • Dean of Agriculture, North Carolina State College, 1953-60
  • President, Mississippi State University, 1960-66
  • Chancellor, UNC Charlotte 1966-78
  • Chancellor Emeritus, UNC Charlotte, 1979-2007


UNC Charlotte 1966-78:
  • Converted loosely organized departments of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering and Nursing into colleges and approved first deans
  • Created College of Architecture, Urban Institute, and International Affairs program
  • Launched formal fundraising program
  • Introduced broad range of master’s degree programs
  • Increased enrollment from 1,700 to 8,705 and annual degrees awarded from 82 to 1,606
  • Transformed campus from eight buildings to a site worth more than $54.4 million
  • Developed competitive athletics program anchored by men’s basketball
  • Played key role in creation of University City and University Research Park

Selected Honors

  • University Award (presented by UNC President C.D. Spangler), 1989
  • N.C. Public Service Award (presented by Gov. James Martin), 1990
  • UNC Charlotte Alumni by Choice Award, 2001
  • Echo Foundation Award Against Indifference, 2004