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- University History
- UNC Charlotte Oral History Interviews
- Memories of Bonnie Cone
- James H. Woodward oral history interview 3, 2013 November 19
James H. Woodward oral history interview 3, 2013 November 19
In this interview, Dr. James Woodward, chancellor emeritus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, reflects on Bonnie Cone and the history of UNC Charlotte. Describing Ms. Cone as a giant in a small body, Dr. Woodward recollects his first knowledge about and impressions of her, discusses his relationship with her and the other previous chancellors, Dean Colvard and E. K. Fretwell, and describes Ms. Cone's role at the university during his tenure. He comments on the unusual circumstance of all of UNC Charlotte's previous chancellors remaining in Charlotte after their retirement and on the mythical aspects of the university community's perception of Bonnie Cone. He explains Ms. Cone's role in defining the culture of UNC Charlotte, in engaging the community, and in overcoming political challenges facing the university. He also discusses her talent and motivation as well as the role her gender played in her accomplishments. Other topics include gender-related pay inequity in higher education during the 1970s and 1980s particularly at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the context surrounding the decision to choose someone other than Bonnie Cone to be the first chancellor of UNC Charlotte, and the process of having her buried on UNC Charlotte's campus.