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UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois to step aside in 2020
Campus has expanded enrollment, curriculum
Published Tuesday, July 30, 2019 2:55 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois, who has led the school since 2005, is retiring at the end of the 2019-20 academic year.

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Philip Dubois is entering his final year as UNC Charlotte chancellor.

Dubois, who will retire June 30, 2020, is the senior chancellor in the UNC system, and was named UNCC’s fourth leader in 2005. He joined the university in 1991 as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs after leading the University of Wyoming for eight years.

Dubois’ legacy includes establishing UNCC’s first doctoral programs as well as overseeing the expansion of the state’s fastest-growing university.
“It is now time for Lisa [wife] and me to move on to our next adventure!” Dubois said in an email to the campus community. “This was not an easy decision for us. UNC Charlotte is a special place, with wonderful faculty and staff colleagues, and talented students. And the same can be said of this wonderful city, which we have watched grow and develop in size and stature. But the time is right for us to make this transition.”

Said UNC system interim President Bill Roper: “During his more than 40-year career, Chancellor Dubois has consistently earned the respect of his peers, and has become the embodiment of everything a successful leader should be. He is an innovative thinker and strategic planner who has steered UNC Charlotte through a period of significant growth to become the highly respected and nationally prominent institution that it now is.”
Dubois noted the need to give significant advance notice to UNC leaders in order to launch a national search.

“Under Chancellor Dubois’ visionary leadership, the University has seen unprecedented growth in student enrollment, academic programs, research funding, and expansion of the physical campus,” UNC Board of Trustees Chair Mike Wilson said in a statement. 

Dubois’ legacy includes creation and implementation of the Campus Master Plan, which expanded facilities as well as curriculum. Over $1.2 billion has been dedicated toward construction and renovation since 2005—the largest in school history. Facilities include UNC Charlotte Center City, Energy Production and Infrastructure Center, Jerry Richardson Stadium and Judy W. Rose Football Center.

Projects under construction are the $66 million University Recreation Center and $90 million science building. A 226-room, full-service Marriott Hotel is scheduled for completion in 2021. Dubois created two “early colleges” focusing on science technology and engineering, as well as one for mathematics in collaboration with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Additionally, 10 bachelor’s, 17 master’s, 12 doctoral, and graduate certificates have been added. The city’s CATS light rail extension to the campus, opened in March 2018.

Football also returned to the campus under Dubois. In 2013, the 49ers began playing in Division I FCS, followed by their entrance to FBS in 2015 when they joined Conference USA.



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