The American Association of University Administrators (AAUA) has announced that Philip L. Dubois, chancellor of UNC Charlotte, is the recipient of the Eileen Tosney Award for Career Service in Higher Education for 2018. The award, considered AAUA’s highest individual recognition, honors the outstanding, long-term contributions of administrators in higher education. It will be presented at AAUA’s annual Leadership Seminar on June 8 at Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania.
“Phil Dubois has been instrumental in leading profound and foundational change, both on UNC Charlotte’s campus and within the Charlotte community,” said Chancellor Emeritus James Woodward, who nominated Dubois for the award. “He has always recognized that UNC Charlotte has an opportunity and a responsibility to use its academic strength to create positive impact in the greater metropolitan area; it’s become a hallmark of his tenure at UNC Charlotte.”
Among the UNC Charlotte projects and initiatives credited to Dubois’ leadership and collaboration are: the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC), a state-of-the-art research facility that prepares engineers to build and operate traditional and alternative energy power plants; UNC Charlotte Center City, a 12-story academic building constructed in the heart of uptown Charlotte, which houses high-profile graduate programs and convenes the city’s business, cultural and economic development leaders; the Partnership, Outreach and Research to Accelerate Learning (PORTAL), a premier workspace and innovation center for regional and global business pioneers; the addition of Charlotte 49ers football; and the introduction of LYNX Blue Line light rail service on the main campus, which connects directly to the uptown campus and the city’s many business, civic and cultural opportunities.
Prior to becoming UNC Charlotte’s chancellor in 2005, Dubois served the University from 1991-97 as provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs. From 1997-2005, he was president of the University of Wyoming, returning to succeed Woodward as chancellor.
Founded in 1970, the AAUA promotes leadership in college and university administration and recognizes excellence in practice.