- Goldmine: Root
- University History
- UNC Charlotte Oral History Interviews
- Niner Nation Remembers Oral History Project
- Mike Hill oral history interview, 2020 April 24
Mike Hill oral history interview, 2020 April 24
Mike Hill was the Athletic Director at UNC Charlotte in April of 2019 when an active shooter took the lives of two students and injured four others on campus. Mr. Hill was on paternity leave on April 30th and at the gym when he received the "run, hide, fight" Niner Nation alert and simultaneously began to see breaking news coverage of the possibility of an active shooter on UNC Charlotte's campus. He helped to coordinate securing the baseball stadium as UNC Charlotte was hosting UNC Greensboro in a baseball game on the evening of April 30th. As a member of the Chancellor's Cabinet and Policy Group, Mr. Hill describes the strong leadership of Chancellor Dubois and the strong focus on the victims and their families as the group began to plan for events such as commencement, and considerations for the mental health of students and staff. Mr. Hill discusses the long term impact on campus athletics, including prominently using the slogan "We are all Niners" and increased security measures at sporting events. Mr. Hill concludes with comments on the strong embrace UNC Charlotte received from the City of Charlotte and athletics, including recognition from the Charlotte Knights and seeing the city skyline lit in Niner green.