UNC Charlotte Chancellor Discusses Retirement, Time At University
CHARLOTTE, NC – “It’s time. 15 years is a long time to be a chancellor,” said Philip Dubois, the UNC Charlotte Chancellor during a news conference on Wednesday.
Dubois and his wife plan to retire in Georgia and spend more time with their kids and grandchildren.
“I simply wanted to go out on my terms and that’s what were going to do.” said Dubois.
Under his tenure, the school has seen massive growth. $1.2 billion dollars in development. Several academic buildings were built under his watch as well as a bustling student center. The light rail blue line extension added another connection between the university and the city. Dubuis also oversaw the addition of a football team.
“One of the things we’re most proud of is that we’ve expanded the reach and visibility of the university in the region,” said Dubois.
There have been challenges too. The economic downturn of 2008 slowed growth and development.
“We had to find inventive ways to make sure we could get salary increases for our faculty and staff,” said Dubois.
Most recently, Dubois guided the university through the deadly campus shooting that happened on April 30th. Students Riley Howell and Ellis Parlier were killed when a gunman fired inside of a classroom. Four other students were hurt.
Dubois says the tragic events will be a part of his legacy, but what he says he wants people to remember is how the community came together.
Thousands of students and community members attended vigils in the days following the shooting. Dubois says a year of remembrance will be capped with a concert on April 30th.
“I couldn’t walk away from honoring our victims,” said Dubois.
Dubois will remain in his role through the next school year. UNC Charlotte is currently looking into search firms to find Dubois’ replacement.