- Goldmine: Root
- University History
- UNC Charlotte Oral History Interviews
- William T. Jeffers Interviews on UNC Charlotte History
- Albert A. Maisto oral history interview, 2013 January 22
Albert A. Maisto oral history interview, 2013 January 22
Dr. Albert A. Maisto, a Bonnie Cone Distinguished Professor of Teaching in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte), discusses the many changes he witnessed at the university during the tenure of Dr. James Woodward. He relates his own motivation for coming to UNC Charlotte where he felt he could be "part of making something," and he notes the extraordinary growth of the campus since 1975. Dr. Maisto focuses in particular on the successes of Chancellor Woodward, which include changes to faculty governance, the implementation of a campus master plan and the transformation of the campus aesthetic, the forging of a connection between UNC Charlotte and the city of Charlotte, and success in steering the introduction of doctoral programs at the university. Dr. Maisto notes his initial hesitation that the latter would cause UNC Charlotte to grow too fast, but in retrospect he feels that the University grew at a reasonable speed. He concludes the interview with anecdotal stories about Robinson Hall and the Cato Building as well as Chancellor Woodward's style of leadership.