Chancellor’s Messages

Dear Colleagues, A new year always holds countless opportunities and many things to look forward to – and this year is no exception for our University. Yet, as we enter 2022 with COVID-19 still part of our daily lives, many of us are finding it challenging to balance multiple, and often competing, responsibilities in a […]

Dear Colleagues, I am reaching out with updates on the provost search process. I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Bojan Cukic, professor and associate dean for academic programs and student success in the College of Computing and Informatics, as a member of the search committee. Dr. Cukic will replace Dean Fatma Mili […]

Colleagues, I am pleased to share an update with you about the recently approved legislative bonuses and raises, and the additional merit-based raises and equity/market adjustments approved by the UNC System. As I announced in my Friday, Nov. 19, communication, the state has approved a $1,000 bonus for all eligible state employees and an additional […]

Dear Colleagues, This year marks the 75th anniversary of UNC Charlotte’s founding. In that short time, we have grown from a single center serving 278 students through evening classes to North Carolina’s urban research university with more than 30,000 students. Our 75th year is bringing triumph and transformation, and you can read about some of […]

Dear Colleagues, I have good news to share with you! Yesterday, the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor Roy Cooper approved the 2021-2022 budget, which provides a historic $134 million investment in UNC Charlotte to fund STEM education growth and capital renovations. Most importantly, the approved budget includes a 5% raise for our dedicated faculty […]

Dear Niner Nation, I am writing to share good news. Last week, the Board of Trustees approved Shaping What’s Next, 2021-31, our new ten-year strategic plan. Shaping What’s Next is the product of a comprehensive planning process that was led by an extraordinary strategic planning committee composed of faculty, staff, administrators and students. I am […]

Dear Colleagues, As we recently announced, the University has formed a search committee to assist in the selection of the next provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs for UNC Charlotte. In preparation for the recruitment of this role, we have updated and enhanced several aspects of our organizational structure to continue progress in support […]

Dear Niner Nation, I am excited to share with you that Dr. Brandon L. Wolfe will join UNC Charlotte on Nov. 1, 2021, as the University’s inaugural associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer (CDO). I want to thank the committee members who led this national search and all of you […]

Dear Niner Nation, I am writing to announce the formation of a search committee to assist in the selection of the next provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs for UNC Charlotte. I want to once again thank Provost Joan Lorden for her distinguished service to our campus and community. During her tenure, Joan has […]

Dear Niner Nation, After careful consideration and many discussions, we have decided to postpone my installation ceremony scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 23. We are mindful of the continuing rise in COVID-19 cases locally and nationally, and expect in late September we will still be experiencing significant community spread. As a result, welcoming guests from across […]

Dear Niner Nation, After more than 18 years of service to UNC Charlotte, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Joan Lorden has shared her plans to step down at the end of the academic year. More information will be shared in the coming weeks about the forthcoming search to name her replacement, who will […]

Happy first day of classes, Niner Nation! I hope you are as excited as I am to be back on campus and looking forward to gathering, in safe ways, as a community throughout this academic year. This year brings a lot for us to look forward to — the continued rollout of our new, cohesive […]

Dear Niner Nation, We are looking forward to the start of the new academic year. With the launch of a new strategic plan and a new brand for our University, it’s sure to be an exciting one for us! However, the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases as a result of the delta variant reminds us […]

Dear Niner Nation, We are seeing very encouraging signs in the fight against COVID-19, as vaccination rates continue to go up and infection rates continue to go down. As we relax many of our COVID-19 protocols, we will continue to use our three primary tools to help maintain a safe and healthy campus over the […]

Dear Niners, You made it! Congratulations on successfully completing the academic year. I hope your finals went well and you are looking forward to a well-deserved relaxing and fun break. I write with an update to information shared with you last week about North Carolina lifting most of its COVID-19 safety mandates to be in […]