Philip L. Dubois oral history interview 2, 2013 January 2
Dr. Philip Dubois, Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, talks about his tenure as the Provost/Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at UNC Charlotte from 1991 to 1997. Dr. Dubois focuses on some of the successes of Chancellor James H. Woodward, who was chancellor during Dubois' first tenure at the university. These successes included campus planning, academic planning, creating a presence for UNC Charlotte in the city of Charlotte, and getting approval for the first doctoral programs at the institution. Dr. Dubois notes that Chancellor Woodward approached planning collaboratively by seeking input from students, faculty, and the community. He also speaks about efforts to create an overarching campus academic plan, the issues surrounding it (including some initial resistance by some of the faculty over the way faculty positions would be managed), and the benefits of a plan that takes the whole university into account rather than a single department or college. Dr. Dubois then talks about how UNC Charlotte secured its first doctoral programs, noting how these interdisciplinary programs served an economic need for the Charlotte region (especially in engineering, technology, education, and healthcare). He also recalls how UNCC Uptown became a reality, discussing the early types of courses offered at the off campus site and why they were offered, the move from the original location at CityFair to the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, and the acquisition of land for the current Center City Campus. Dr. Dubois concludes the interview by describing how Chancellor Woodward helped assuage faculty concerns as UNC Charlotte transitioned from a teaching university to a research university.