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- University History
- UNC Charlotte Oral History Interviews
- William T. Jeffers Interviews on UNC Charlotte History
- James H. Woodward oral history interview 1, 2012 December 11
James H. Woodward oral history interview 1, 2012 December 11
In this first of two interviews, Dr. James H. Woodward, Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) from 1989-2005 discusses his motivation for coming to UNC Charlotte as its third chancellor, and describes some of the major accomplishments of the University under his tenure. In particular he focuses on the decision by the UNC Board of Governors to allow constituent campuses to reevaluate and revise their respective mission statements, which allowed UNC Charlotte to add doctoral work to its statement and paved the way for a transition to a research university; the subsequent implementation of a new academic planning process at UNC Charlotte with a focus on PhD program development; and the creation of a master planning process to guide the physical development of the campus and unify the campus aesthetically. Dr Woodward also addresses the role of politics in higher education and its impact on state funding. He points out that UNC Charlotte, as a growing university, has always needed funding for more academic space. Dr. Woodward relates the process that led to the 2000 North Carolina Higher Education Improvement Bonds referendum, and what it's passage meant to UNC Charlotte. He concludes this interview talking about the first doctoral programs and why they were chosen, and the creation of an off campus center for the university in uptown Charlotte in 1995.