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C. D. Spangler Jr., 2013 February 14

Identifier: OH-UA-SP0056

Scope and Contents

C.D. Spangler, President of the University of North Carolina System from 1986-1997 and CEO of Spangler Industries Incorporated, discusses his tenure as the President of the UNC System. He begins with an overview of how the UNC System and the Board of Governors evolved from the Consolidated University of North Carolina which was created in 1931. He then describes the mechanism of funding in the UNC System. Mr. Spangler continues with a discussion of the tenure of Chancellor James H. Woodward at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and talks about his legacy--most notably the growth of UNC Charlotte in size and scope. Mr. Spangler considers Dr. Woodward to be "an outstanding chancellor." He concludes the interview reflecting on his charge to the 16 campuses of the UNC System in March 1990 to review their respective mission statements, making changes where warranted. It was this initiative that allowed UNC Charlotte to add doctoral work to their mission statement, which was the first step towards becoming a research institution.


  • Creation: 2013 February 14

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Biographical Note

C.D. Spangler was a 80-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place in his office at 1110 E Morehead Street Charlotte, North Carolina. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1932. He was educated at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard University and was employed as the Chief Executive Officer of Spangler Companies, Incorporated. He was the President of the University of North Carolina System from 1986-1997.


52 Minutes

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Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

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