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Dean of Students records

Identifier: UA0116

Scope and Contents

This collection reflects the involvement of the Dean of Students in student life on campus. Material on committees and other administrative and personnel matters, Greek life (fraternities and sororities), professional honor societies, non-Greek student organizations, the Student Union Board, Cone Center, the Student Media Board, the radio station, student government, student court, orientation, residence life, student life, and honors and awards are all included.

Also of note are records relating to minority needs and programs, women’s programs, University Center, Rideshare, and the U. S. Labor Party’s suit against UNC Charlotte.

While the office of the Dean of Students had responsibility for athletics and intramurals during its early years, there are only three files relating to such topics in this collection, all of which are located in the Assorted Alphabetical Subject Files series. Records concerning athletics and intramurals can be found in the records of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.


  • Creation: 1965-2004


Accessing the Collection

This collection contains some restricted material. Commencement speaker nominations and Bill Mitchell Award nominations are restricted and must be reviewed by archives staff for student educational records and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) before access can be granted.


Copyright held by UNC Charlotte. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Administrative History

The position of Dean of Students was created in 1965 to serve as liaison between the students, the faculty, and university administration. Initially, the dean handled issues concerning student activities and organizations, including the administration of the college athletic program. In 1967 the Dean of Students was placed under the newly created Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Community Relations. At that time, the Dean of Students continued to oversee intramural sports, while college athletics became a separate department. The duties of the Office of the Dean of Students have continued to focus on the students and their relationship with the University. The office is responsible for orientation, minority student support services, student organizations, Greek affairs, and judicial affairs.

Dean of Students (with title variations) *1965-1971 [died 2/12/2004] - Donald MacKay - Dean of Student Affairs *3/10/2004 Campus News “…who retired in 1983 after serving 20 years as UNC Charlotte’s first dean of students…”

1971-1979 - James Rash - Dean of Students

1979-1980 - Charles F. Lynch - Dean of Students

1980-1981 - Vernon Parrish, Jr. - Associate Dean of Students and Director, Cone University Center

1981-1982 - Charles F. Lynch - Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

1982-1983 - Charles F. Lynch - Dean of Students

1983-1989 - Charles F. Lynch - Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

1984 - [Frank Joseph - Acting Dean of Students(according to 1984 Student yearbook)]

1989-1993 - George F. (Jody) Harpster, Jr. - Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

1993-1995 - George F. (Jody) Harpster, Jr. - Dean of Students

1995-1999 - Brenda Richardson - Dean of Students

1999-2000 - Michele McManus - Interim Dean of Students

2000-(2013?) - Michele M. Howard - Dean of Students

2013-2014 - Christine Reed Davis - Interim Dean of Students

2014- Christine Reed Davis - Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students


18.557 Linear Feet (45 boxes and 1 framed item (33 letter document cases, 11 legal document cases, 1 slim legal document case))

Language of Materials



Originally received in twelve accessions, these records have been merged intellectually into a single collection. For the most part, physically each accession has been kept in sequential boxes, and files have been left in their original order. Intellectually, however, the files have been rearranged from multiple groupings of alphabetical subject files into the following eleven series to aid in discovery:

Administration and Personnel; Correspondence; Women’s and Minority Programs and Racial Issues; Legal, Disciplinary, Health, and Safety Issues; Student Government Association and Student Court; Student, Residence, and Commuter Life; Student Advising, Mentoring, and Orientation; Media, Publications, and Student Media Board; Cone Center and Student Union Board; Honor Societies, Honors, and Awards; Assorted Alphabetical Subject Files.

See the Scope and Contents note for each series for further arrangement information.

Related Materials

Campus Activities Board Records (UA0159)

Student Government Association Records (UA0237)

Fraternity and Sorority Life Records (UA0498)

Student Clubs and Organizations Records (UA0563)

Student Activities Office Records (UA0161)

Counseling and Health Services Records (UA0405)

University of North Carolina System Records (UA0434)

Student Affairs Vice Chancellor (Bonnie Cone) Records (UA0101)

Student Affairs Vice Chancellor Records (UA0091)

WFAE Radio—Subject Files (RG 40-00-01)

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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte [All collections not yet online. For assistance, contact Special Collections:; 704-687-1170] Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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