BSAE – Georgia Institute of Technology, 1962
MSAE – Georgia Institute of Technology, 1963
Ph.D. – Georgia Institute of Technology, 1967
M.B.A. – The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1973

Career Highlights:

  • Engineering faculty member, U.S. Air Force Academy, N.C. State University, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1965-1989
  • Director of Technical Development, Rust International, 1970-73
  • Dean, School of Engineering, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1978-83
  • Senior Vice President, University College, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1984-89
  • Chancellor, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1989-2005
  • Interim Chancellor, NC State University, 2009-10
  • Chancellor Emeritus, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte 2005 – Present

Institutional Achievements 1989-2005:

  • $32 million raised in 1989-1990 through the “Silver Anniversary Campaign,” which had an initial goal of $16 million.
  • Obtained approval to expand UNC Charlotte’s mission to include doctoral programs
  • Secured funding that led to the implementation of 12 doctoral programs
  • Development of 1995 Campus Master Plan that has guided approximately $300 million in capital investment.
  • Two U.S. Professors of the Year selected from the UNC Charlotte faculty: Dr. Al Maisto in 1997 and Laura Duhan Kaplan in 2001; Dr. Rosie Tong received the award while at another university.
  • Establishment of the Charlotte Research Institute in 2000 and the Institute for Social Capital in 2003.
  • Created the College of Information Technology in 2000 and the College of Health and Human Services in 2002.
  • “It Takes a Gift” campaign launched in 2000 with a $100 million goal; $117 million raised by conclusion in 2005.
  • Appropriations of $35 million for the Bioinformatics Center approved by the General Assembly in 2004.
  • Increased endowment from $14 million to $94.5 million
  • Overall enrollment increased from 13,222 to 19,846 and graduate enrollment from 2,079 to 3,630 conferring 47,696 degrees, including 136 doctorates.
  • The opening of the C. C. Cameron Applied Research Center, the expansion of J. Murrey Atkins Library and Dalton Tower, the construction of the E. K. and Dorrie Fretwell building, the James H. Barnhardt Student Activity Center, the Waylon H. Cato Jr. Hall building, the Russell M. and Sally D. Robinson Hall building, and the College of Education building.
  • The Irwin Belk Track and Field Center and The Wachovia Field House.
  • Three new residence halls, Witherspoon, Squires, and Cypress.

Selected Honors:

  • Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award, Society of Women Engineers, 1989
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1995
  • 1995 Excellence in Management Award sponsored by the Charlotte Chamber, the Rotary Club of Charlotte, and The Business Journal
  • North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine, 1994
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1997
  • Georgia Institute of Technology Distinguished Alumnus Award, 1998
  • National Conference for Community and Justice Humanitarian Award, 2004
  • Cornerstone Award, Charlotte Region Commercial Board of Realtors, 2005
  • Public Leadership Award, North Carolina Technology Association, 2009