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Patricia A. Skinner, 2013 February 20

Identifier: OH-UA-SK0060

Scope and Contents

Dr. Patricia A. Skinner, President of Gaston College talks about her association with Chancellor James H. Woodward of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She talks about Chancellor Woodward's accomplishments at UNC Charlotte: campus expansion, increased financial support, and the shift in perception of the campus from a commuter school to a traditional university. Dr. Skinner recalls the 2000 North Carolina Higher Education Improvement Bonds and how community colleges partnered with the UNC System to pass the measure. Noting that Charlotte area community colleges feed into UNC Charlotte, she points out how important Chancellor Woodward was in getting the region's community colleges on board. She concludes the interview discussing the first doctoral programs at UNC Charlotte, the deft way Chancellor Woodward approached adding those programs, and where both UNC Charlotte and Gaston College would be today had the 2000 bond measure failed.


  • Creation: 2013 February 20

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Biographical Note

Patricia A. Skinner’s interview took place in her office at Gaston College in Dallas, North Carolina. She was born in Michigan and educated at Lake Michigan College, Western Michigan University, and The Ohio State University and was employed as President of Gaston College since 1994.


19 Minutes

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

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