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Chancellor Installation Records

Identifier: UA0032

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials related to the installation of each Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte—Dean W. Colvard (1967), E.K. Fretwell, Jr. (1979), James H. Woodward (1990), and Philip L. Dubois (2005). Originally processed as separate collections, these materials have been merged into this single collection and arranged in series, one for each installation and one relating to the Academic Festival March. In addition, a single file containing the installation addresses for each chancellor is included.

Although the scope of material in each series varies somewhat, throughout the collection are planning materials outlining the installations’ organization, budget materials, invitations and programs, scripts, and correspondence from installation participants. Other files include congratulatory correspondence from individuals and institutions, the chancellor’s oath of office, the original score of Louis McGlohon's "Festival March" (commissioned especially by Dr. Loy Witherspoon for Woodward’s installation), and recordings and original scores of James Sutcliffe’s “Academic Festival March” from the 1960s, which was composed for Colvard’s installation and from which the university’s Alma Mater was developed.

Also included are photographs from Colvard's, Fretwell's, and Woodward's installations and negatives from Dubois's installation.


  • Creation: 1966 - 2006


Accessing the Collection

This collection is open for research. Unsleeved photographs and negatives should be handled with gloves.


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.

Historical Note

On July 1, 1965, Charlotte College became the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the fourth campus of the UNC System. A new board of trustees was appointed, which selected the first chancellor for the University. Bonnie E. Cone, who had been the president of Charlotte College, served as acting chancellor until Dean W. Colvard was installed as chancellor on April 1, 1966. He served until 1978, and E. K. Fretwell, Jr. became chancellor on April 6, 1979, filling the role for ten years. On April 21, 1990, James H. Woodward became the third chancellor of the university, followed by Philip L. Dubois on July 15, 2005.

UNC Charlotte’s Alma Mater is part of an “Academic Festival March” composed for UNC Charlotte by James Helme Sutcliffe, a Charlotte composer and music critic who lived in Germany at the time of the work's composition.

Dr. Loy Witherspoon, professor of religious studies, commissioned the March in 1965 when he learned that Charlotte College would become a campus of The University of North Carolina. The March was first performed in 1966 at the installation of Dean W. Colvard as UNC Charlotte’s first chancellor. Afterwards, it was performed as a recessional at every Commencement during Dean Colvard’s tenure as chancellor.

Upon hearing the March Bonnie Cone envisioned the final refrain as an alma mater and shared this thought with Dr. Robert Rieke, a professor of history. On a 1990 trip to Germany, Rieke picked up a recording of the March from Sutcliffe and began writing words to fit the final refrain. On Christmas Eve, 1991, he sent Bonnie Cone the words and music as a Christmas present to her and to the university, from which he had retired a year earlier. Chancellor James H. Woodward approved the composition as the university’s Alma Mater in April 1992. It was sung for the first time at Commencement the following May and has been performed at every Commencement since.


2.918 Linear Feet (5 boxes [1 15.5" clamshell boxe; 3 letter document case; 1 legal document case])

Language of Materials



Records from the Office of the Chancellor concerning installations of Chancellors Colvard, Fretwell, Woodward, and Dubois.

Related Materials

The webpage containing audio, video, and transcripts of Chancellor Dubois's installation has been archived and is available at:

Chancellor (Dean W. Colvard) Records (UA0026)

Chancellor (E. K. Fretwell) Records (UA0030)

Chancellor (James H. Woodward) Records (UA0174)  

UNC Charlotte Photographs (RG 64)

Processing Information

The Colvard installation files and Academic Festival March files were removed from Chancellor Subject Files, 1965-1969, [Boxes 33-34 for Colvard files] and processed as two separate collections years before being merged with other installation files to form the current Chancellor Installation Records. This combining of six separate collections into one was performed in January 2018 by Olivia Eanes, archival assistant. In April 2019, photographs from Colvard, Fretwell, and Woodward's installations were transferred from the articial UNC Charlotte Photographs collection into the Chancellor Installation Records.

Chancellor Installation records
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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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