C.D. Spangler Jr., Former UNC President and Charlotte Pusinessman, Dies


C.D. Spangler Jr., the Charlotte businessman and former president of the University of North Carolina, died Sunday at the age of 86. He led the public university system in North Carolina for 11 years, from 1986 to 1997. The billionaire business tycoon was a staunch advocate for low tuition, in solidarity with his predecessor, the late William Friday.   Read … Read More

UNC-Pembroke’s Bahr named 2017 O. Max Gardner award winner


CHAPEL HILL, NC – The University of North Carolina announced that Ben Bahr, the William C. Friday Chair and Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Biochemistry at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, is the recipient of the 2017 Oliver Max Gardner Award. The award, established by the will of former North Carolina Governor O. Max Gardner, recognizes faculty who have “made the … Read More

Adler Shares Ups and Downs of Research Journey


In a career spanning more than four decades, cell biologist Kenneth Adler has had his share of success, from groundbreaking discoveries targeting severe respiratory diseases and cancer to top honors for entrepreneurship and innovation. He’s published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, scored millions of dollars in research grants, founded a startup and received the O. Max Gardner Award, the university … Read More

Agency Reaffirms GWU Accreditation


Gardner-Webb President Dr. Frank Bonner announced earlier this month that the University has attained official reaffirmation of its full accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC is one of seven regional accreditation agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The comprehensive institutional review takes place once every 10 years, and officials say … Read More

Generous Gardner Foundation Gift to Launch Unique Student Success Program


BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Gardner-Webb University is pleased to announce a leadership gift by the Gardner Foundation to establish a new student-focused program at Gardner-Webb University. On behalf of the Gardner Foundation, O. Max Gardner III, grandson of institutional namesakes O. Max Gardner and Fay Webb Gardner, has committed a generous, three-year gift to the University to launch the “Fay … Read More

2016 Oliver Max Gardner Award


via Citizen Times – A to David A. Shapiro, the Robert Lee Madison Distinguished Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Carolina University, for being honored by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors with the 2016 Oliver Max Gardner Award. It’s a big deal, the highest honor the board presents to faculty of the 17-campus system. It … Read More

Campbell: Higer education vacancies


In 1930, Governor O. Max Gardner commissioned the Brookings Institution, a private non-partisan think-tank, to come up with suggestions “to promote increased efficiency and economy in the conduct of the governmental affairs of the State.” They recommended and we consolidated the existing three public universities into one system. Governor Luther Hodges asked Dallas Herring, chair of the State Board of … Read More

Brookings Plan – NC History Project


The Brookings Plan was a collection of reforms proposed by the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C. think tank. Searching for economic solutions to the state’s financial problems, Governor O. Max Gardner commissioned the plan shortly after the onset of the Great Depression. The Great Depression threatened to bankrupt North Carolina. Tax revenues had collapsed, leaving the government unable to pay … Read More

GWU to induct first members of Education Hall of Fame in June


The induction ceremony for the inaugural GWU School of Education Hall of Fame is planned for June 25 at 6 p.m. at Gardner-Webb University. The event will include a dinner program and the unveiling of the new Education Hall of Fame, located on the third floor of the Tucker Student Center… The 2015 inductees include Dr. George Litton, Hoyt Bailey, … Read More

UNC Charlotte, NC State Researchers Receive UNC Board of Governors’ Highest Faculty Honor


Pinku Mukherjee, Irwin Belk Endowed Professor of Cancer Research at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Klopman Distinguished Professor of Textile Materials at North Carolina State University, are the 2015 recipients of the O. Max Gardner Award — the highest faculty honor given by the Board of Governors of the 17-campus University of North Carolina. The … Read More