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Up Front: Time to pay up

Up Front: Time to pay up



Classy choices


Classy choices

North Carolina’s college system is as diverse as it is large, from a school founded for American Indians to its flagship campus in Chapel Hill. 







Dubois days


Dubois days

UNC Charlotte has grown enrollment by 35% and added eight doctoral programs during Chancellor Philip Dubois’ decade on the job. 








Short stopper


Short stopper

A former electrician hopes his company’s innovative circuit breakers can light up UNC Charlotte’s reputation as a tech hotbed.









Coming home


Coming home

Robin Cummings returns to Pembroke to run one of the most diverse colleges in the South.










New faces on campus


New faces on campus

Margaret Spellings and James “Jimmie” Williamson









Triad region: High Point University Innovator

NCtrend: High Point University Innovator


West region: Plaudits for a protester

NCtrend: Plaudits for a protester


West region: Joining forces

NCtrend: Joining forces


Wire service

Wire service


Statewide: Eastern region, January 2016

Monthly report of business news from the Eastern region.


Look Back: Black colleges matter

Look Back: Black colleges matter


NCtrend: Pets in residence

NCtrend: Pets in residence


NCtrend: Pets in residence_copy

NCtrend: Pets in residence


NCtrend: The $10 million club

NCtrend: The $10 million club


NCtrend: Healing power

NCtrend: Healing power


Purple daze

Purple daze


NCtrend: Western chief

NCtrend: Western chief


Statewide: Charlotte region, October 2015

Monthly report of business news from the Charlotte region.


NCtrend: Crisis assistance

NCtrend: Crisis assistance


The math doesn't add up

Up Front: Schools filled with disadvantaged students struggle to boost achievement.


NCtrend: Hip transplant

NCtrend: A noted name in orthopedic surgery builds up an innovative community college.


Let's settle an old debate

Free & Clear: It's time to be smarter on measuring public schools.


Raising a glass to growth

Free & Clear: The state's economy: Is the glass half full or half empty?


Statewide: Eastern region, April 2015

Monthly report of business news from the Eastern region.


Statewide: Western region, April 2015

Monthly report of business news from the Western region.


Big top in the Capitol

Free & Clear: Republican-led legislature ready to put on a lively show.


Old school

Free & Clear: After years of little progress, test scores are ready to rise.


Statewide: Price of admission

Statewide: Belmont Abbey and Peace cut tuition to attract students. Will other private colleges follow?


NCtrend: Better the Blue Devil you know

NCtrend: Duke University faculty rule the St. Louis Fed's ranking of Tar Heel economic research.


Bridge work

Free & Clear: Like the erroneous report of Mark Twain's passing, those lamenting the demise of bipartisan cooperation in lawmaking are exaggerated.



Free & Clear: Two decades of empirical research has shown that education reform will be the real winner if schools are allowed to compete for students.


Statewide: Western region, July

Monthly report of business news from the Western region.


The Carolina way

Cover story: The well-heeled need not be Tar Heels to attract attention of UNC fundraisers.


Statewide: Western region, June 2014

Monthly report of business news from the Western region.


The manufacturing myth

The manufacturing myth: The governor wants to rebuild the economy by growing manufacturing. Do the numbers add up?


NCtrend: Grads get extra credit

Grads get extra credit


Road to reform detours into tax cuts

Capital GoodsDespite the attention changes to abortion and election laws brought, the state legislature's Republican majority considers those it made to the tax structure its key accomplishment this year.


Regional Report Western October 2013

UNC Asheville ranks on U.S. News & World Report.


Business changes course on education

Capital GoodsTop business leaders have fewer long-standing ties to North Carolina and public education in the state.


Minding the store

Cover story: Having the world's biggest retailer — Walmart — as the state's largest employer affects North Carolina's economy in ways obvious and subtle.


The real score on the state’s schools

Free & Clear: If North Carolina were a country, we’d rank sixth among 24 industrialized countries in K-12 spending per student and first in higher-education spending.


Regional Report Western August 2012

The Western North Carolina Vitality Index found that while the portion of the goods-production workforce in the state and region is higher than in the nation, those leads have shrunk during the past 20 years.


Regional Report Western July 2012

Western Carolina University will open its Health and Human Sciences Building this fall, making it the first structure in the school’s Millennial Initiative, which hopes to stimulate a public/private economic development similar to that of N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus.


Fertile ground

A Boston university sees green growing from a branch it opened in Charlotte.


Regional Report Triad November 2011

Guilford College and High Point University presidents differ over the value of debt as an asset.


Regional Report Triad August 2011

Unifi Inc. opened an $8 million recycling plant in Yadkinville to meet demand for its Repreve polyester yarn.

Regional Report Triad February 2011

The state’s newest MBA program will teach students how to balance two sets of books — one financial, the other scriptural.

Regional Report Triangle February 2011

Larry Sumney says math education in the U.S. is “a disaster,” and that has had dire consequences for the economy and his sector in particular.


Regional Report Triangle January 2011

Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill, rivals on the field and off, are once again chasing the same goal: the next Gatorade


Regional Report Triangle December 2010

Carolina North is expected to showcase the UNC Chapel Hill’s research, entrepreneurship and academic capabilities, but officials have struggled to get the 228-acre campus off the drawing board and under construction.


Regional Report Triangle September 2010

Universities, especially those focusing on research, can and should be agents of societal change, says Information America co-founder Burton B. “Buck” Goldstein, entrepreneur-in-residence in the Department of Economics at UNC Chapel Hill.

Regional Report Triangle July 2010

Two years ago, many American universities and business schools began looking abroad for ways to expand their enrollment, broaden their contacts, build their brand and attract top talent.


Regional Report Western June 2010

Are two satellite pharmacy schools in Asheville too many?


Regional Report Triangle November 2009

Scott Custer knows how it looks to outsiders when a subsidiary of a big bank announces that its 52-year-old CEO is retiring and will be replaced by someone from corporate.


Chris Freeman

Chris Freeman enjoyed his work as a coastal geologist for the UNC Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences, but he found himself worried about the future.

Regional Report Triangle October 2008

In Durham, N.C. Central University lives up to its name — sitting just one county away from the geographic center of the state. So what would you call its campus outside Atlanta? Trouble.

Regional Report Triad August 2008

Linda P. Brady, 60, replaces Patricia Sullivan as chancellor of UNC Greensboro this month. For the past two years, she’s been senior vice president and provost at the University of Oregon. Before that, she was dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at N.C. State University for five years. The New York native has three degrees in political science — a bachelor’s and a master’s from Rutgers University and a doctorate from Ohio State University.


Fayetteville Technical Community College’s center will train technicians
in simulation modeling for employment in a number of industry sectors

NCCCS BioNetwork

No CEO or plant manager can deny enjoying hearing the words, “Yes, we can,” from employees. The same is true for life-sciences industry calls for training and other help from the professionals at the N.C. Community College System’s BioNetwork. Many of BioNetwork’s staff are industry veterans whose can-do attitude toward the challenges faced by life-sciences companies continues to garner statewide and national attention.

Regional Report Western July 2008

Appalachian State University’s football team has gotten national attention for putting points on the board, and it’s not too bad at putting coin in the school’s coffers. When it shocked college-football fans last September by beating the University of Michigan Wolverines at The Big House in Ann Arbor, one of the shrines of the game, ASU pocketed $400,000. This year’s opener? Another road game against a history-rich team in college football’s top division: Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. ASU’s take will jump to $550,000.

University researchers target projects to meet industry needs

Charlotte Research Institute uses its strengths in eBusiness technology,
precision metrology, life sciences and optoelectronics to boost the region.

WCU’s Kimmel School forms a bridge between the academy and the economy

Engineering students develop skills through project-based experience
while entrepreneurs get prototypes for new products and processes.

Judy Rose

Fans love an underdog, whether it’s a stubby hoopster like former Charlotte Hornet Muggsy Bogues or a no-way-they-can-win Super Bowl champ like the New York Giants. Count Judy Rose, 55, as someone to cheer for, too.

When profit is not the incentive

It’s not yet 3, but the late-December day is fading as men and women climb out of cars onto the sloped concrete of a parking deck near downtown Charlotte. The Presbyterian Hospital lot becomes a sea of jewel-colored scrubs as nurses, doctors, technicians and assistants in rose, teal and navy blue drift toward the walkway that will take them through patient parking to work.

Trial by fury

It’s an overcast afternoon in May 2006, the sky the same gray as the stone facade of Durham County’s jail. Joe Cheshire has picked the site carefully. He wants a dramatic backdrop for the 30 or more television cameras facing him, along with scores of newspaper photographers and reporters, but he’s uneasy. He grips a lectern crammed with microphones and squints at the crowd.

Pat Sullivan

Despite her father’s misgivings, Pat Sullivan figured she would be a Latin teacher. “He wanted me to be an engineer, like him.” A favorite high-school teacher intervened, pointing out the limited opportunities for making a living in a dead language and suggested biology instead.

Admiral takes helm of leadership center

John Ryan isn’t just president of the Center for Creative Leadership, he’s a former customer. In 2001, Ryan, then a Navy admiral, took a course while examining executive-education programs for top brass. “I was supposed to go see five other organizations, but I called the head of the Navy and said I had found the right place.”


I approached this month’s cover story with some trepidation. The assignment went to freelancer Jerry Shinn, a former editorial writer and associate editor of The Charlotte Observer. Those were not the credentials that concerned me. Like a great many of the state’s journalists — and all its sports-writers, if you listen to State fans — Jerry went to Carolina. Class of 1959, he was there when the Tar Heels went 32-0 to win the national championship in 1957. “I saw all the home games that year, in old Woolen Gym,” he recalls. “You just had to wander there about tipoff time and show somebody your student ID to get in.”

Designing woman seeks to shape Triad economy

Design may not be among the first things that come to mind when thinking of the Triad. Furniture and cigarettes, yes. Textiles, maybe. But as traditional industries leave, the region’s economic boosters have designs on design. That’s where Carol Strohecker comes in.

Legal Elite - Criminal

I worked most of my youth and young adult years as a waiter. I learned how to deal with people, what it took to please them, how to deal with them when they were angry or disappointed. I learned people. I learned what hard work was like, working two shifts a day for 11 hours a day, six days a week, cleaning kitchens and depending on the good graces of strangers for income. I met people who did that all their lives, and I saw the toll it took. It helped motivate me to get my education, and once I got it, it helped me greatly in learning how to be successful and how to relate to and accept people for who and what they were.

Duke ponies up to seal deal for street

Here’s an update on the old quid pro quo: Write an agreement that promises politicians money they can use for their pet project and a bonus if they approve yours by a certain date. Then sit back and watch as the pols defend themselves against accusations of impropriety.

He wants products to show some class

Phelps Sprinkle knows some parents might cringe at what his Charlotte-based business does: It helps customers get their messages into classrooms.

There is a lesson in this somewhere

Call it carrying coals to Newcastle: Starting a college a stone’s throw from the Triangle — home of UNC Chapel Hill, Duke and N.C. State and several smaller schools — seems far-fetched. But a Duke professor says Founders College could open as soon as fall 2007.

Lax attitude won't nuke Duke's repute

It’s too early to tell if the Duke University lacrosse players accused of raping a stripper will have any impact on donations to the school, student applications, faculty recruitment and the like. But some experts think the economic effects of the incident may not last long.

School forum can't put a price on performance.

All public school systems aren’t created equal, nor are they endowed by their creator with enough money to provide a sound education for all students, according to the Public School Forum of North Carolina, a Raleigh-based think tank. The gap in per-student spending between the 10 richest counties and the 10 poorest has grown 62% since 1997. About 65% of funding for kindergarten through 12th grade comes from the state, about 25% from the counties through property taxes and the rest from the feds. John Dornan is the forum’s executive director.

Luck of the draw

Charles Sanders knows a doc can't always pick his patients.

Still hard to figure

As the silver type in the red bar of our logo on the cover indicates, we’ve begun the year that we’ll celebrate the magazine’s 25th anniversary. When we reach that mark this fall, we’ll have published 300 issues, several thousand stories and many millions of words. It’s a big chore putting out Business North Carolina each month, but nothing matches the sweat that goes into producing this Business Handbook issue each year.

The man in the mirror

Erskine Bowles, UNC’s new CEO and our Mover and Shaker of the Year, reflects what people want to see in him — for now.

She's boss in translation

Michelle Menard started Choice Translating Inc. 10 years ago with $200, her mother and a simple definition of success: sales of $1 million. The business brought in $10,000 its first year, and even six-figure revenue looked as daunting as Mount Everest.

Back to schooling

When I read that the governor was sending in special teams — 10 of the 44 “failing” high schools he has targeted are in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg system — I told my wife she should turn state’s evidence. “Maybe they have a witness-protection program. And even though my hands are clean, I’m willing to share your fate if they set us up in some place like, say, Figure Eight Island or maybe Roaring Gap.”

Davis is dean of N.C. law-school startups

It’s time for Leary Davis to move on, time to pay the price for what he considers one of his weaknesses. “I’ve got a quarter-century worth of boxes that I have put stuff in that I was going to look at later.” He’s clearing out his office at Campbell University in Buies Creek and heading to Greensboro to start Elon University’s law school. For the next year, he’ll be recruiting faculty and students, refining the curriculum, renovating a building and whatever else is needed to open on schedule with about 100 students in the fall of 200

She reaches peak of the Sierra Club

Asked to name environmentally friendly businesses, the new president of the 750,000-member Sierra Club rattles off a litany. General Electric. Bank of America. Lloyd’s of London. Missing from Lisa Renstrom’s list, however, are the two Acapulco hotels she ran from 1983 to 1993. “I would have had to have been really blazing new trails to be running my hotel with environmental practices in Mexico in the 1980s.”

In new job, he delivers more than just a speech

Nido Qubein has been holding forth for 10 minutes, occasionally interrupted by an “mm-hmm.” He’s talking about his first few months as president of High Point University. How the trustees recruited him. How he got former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to speak at graduation. How he raised $20 million in pledges in his first 29 days. How some students started a Web page called Nido Rocks. On and on. Finally, he’s told how long he has been expounding. “Oh, I could go for three hours. You get me started here, and I won’t quit.”

Another view

The letter was anonymous, the writer identifying himself only as “A Southern Prep School Grad.” It was in reference to last month’s cover story on Woodberry Forest School.

Board doesn't keep faith, so Belk bolts

Andrew Jackson said that one man with courage makes a majority. If one man with currency could perform the same trick, you’d think it would be John Belk at Davidson College. The chairman emeritus of Belk department stores is the school’s most generous individual donor, though it won’t say how much he has given.

High-school confidential

Lots of people hang their college degrees on the walls of their offices. The publisher of The Pilot, the Southern Pines newspaper, also displays his high-school diploma. He wonders why I would think that odd. “It was a huge accomplishment, getting through four years there, rigorous as it was,” David Woronoff says.

Where the elite meet

Sitting on a plush green couch in the concierge lounge on the 18th floor of the Marriott in downtown Charlotte, Dennis Campbell seems relaxed for someone who just helped give away almost $55 million. The Duke Endowment hit a milestone at its meeting, surpassing $2 billion in grants since James B. Duke started it in 1924.

Scientist wants ideas to collide with need

For Phil Sanger, it’s not enough to engineer better products for hurt or handicapped people. The director of Western Carolina University’s Center for Adaptive Devices hopes he can help create jobs. So far, the center’s five students and five professors have built four products.

State gets good return on community colleges

The community-college system paid CCbenefits Inc. $264,750 to study the economic impact community colleges have on their students and the state.

High schools need to get down to business

Braggarts across North Carolina are trumpeting rising test scores as proof of how great the state’s public schools are. It ain’t bragging if you can do it, former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Dizzy Dean opined. But is the state really doing it?

Hunt takes a look back at the future

Jim Hunt can stand behind his desk on the 21st floor of a downtown Raleigh office tower and gaze into what was once his domain. His office with the law firm of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice overlooks the Capitol and the Legislative Building. For 20 years — 16 as governor and, before that, four as lieutenant governor (under a Republican governor) — Democrat Hunt reigned over those buildings and much of what went on inside them.