UNC Charlotte chancellor emeritus Fretwell dies

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — E.K. Fretwell Jr., who directed the cultural expansion of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as its second chancellor, has died. He was 88.

School spokesman Paul Nowell said Fretwell died Thursday after a period of poor health.

Under Fretwell's leadership, UNC Charlotte's international student population grew to 3 percent of the undergraduates, the highest of any of the UNC system institutions. In addition, minority enrollment rose to 9.1 percent of the student body.

Fretwell also managed the growth of the school's master's programs at UNC Charlotte, including new degrees in computer science, nursing and reading education. The school also began cooperative doctoral programs in engineering with N.C. State University and in school administration with UNC Chapel Hill.

Fretwell is survived by four children and seven grandchildren.

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