The Howell Family

Thursday marks one year since a gunman opened fire on a UNC Charlotte building during the last day of spring semester classes. Two students died that day — Riley Howell and Reed Parlier — and four others were injured. We heard from the Parlier family Wednesday. Now, we turn to the Howells as they continue to grieve 21-year-old Riley, who is credited with tackling the gunman a year ago.

North Carolina Public Universities Aim For Fall 2020 Restart

Apr 29, 2020
UNC Charlotte

The leader of North Carolina's public university system — a former top government health official — said Wednesday that he plans to reopen campuses in the fall with precautions against COVID-19.

The Parlier Family

Thursday marks one year since a gunman opened fire on a UNC Charlotte building during the last day of spring semester classes. The violence resulted in the deaths of students Reed Parlier and Riley Howell and left four others injured. We’ll hear from the Howell family Thursday. On Wednesday, we turn to the Parliers. They are still navigating through the grief and pain of losing 19-year-old Reed. His family remembers him as thoughtful, witty -- and as a hero.


Sharon Gaber, the current president of the University of Toledo in Ohio, has been named UNC Charlotte’s newest chancellor.

Gaber’s appointment was approved Tuesday in a Board of Governors meeting. She will begin July 1 with a salary of $525,000.

UNC Charlotte

Atrium and Novant Health systems are working with Mecklenburg County and the city of Charlotte to set up a field hospital for coronavirus patients in “a matter of weeks,” Atrium CEO Gene Woods said in a teleconference board meeting Thursday. 


UNC Charlotte saw a quick and generous response when it launched an emergency fund for students who lost their dorm rooms and meal plans when the university abruptly closed because of the coronavirus. But the need quickly outstripped those donations. 

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Because of concerns about the coronavirus, UNC Charlotte has canceled a concert planned for its Day of Remembrance on April 30, the one-year anniversary of a classroom shooting that killed two students at the school.

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Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week advised colleges and universities worldwide to consider postponing or canceling upcoming student foreign exchange programs, given the global outbreak of the coronavirus.

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Alissa Eckert; James Archer / CDC / Antibiotic Resistance Coordination and Strategy Unit

Mecklenburg County Public Health and the NC Division of Public Health are investigating two potential cases of tuberculosis at UNC Charlotte, the county said Wednesday.

Lisa Dubois
Wade Burton

In June, UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois will step down after 14 years as president. He has been given a lot of credit for the school’s enrollment increasing to nearly 30,000 students, bringing football to the university and initiating numerous construction projects. But when Dubois leaves the university, the city will lose another community servant -- his wife, Lisa Lewis Dubois, a former criminal appellate lawyer and law professor.

She’s spearheaded numerous projects in the city and on campus, one being a parent and family services office at UNC Charlotte.


Whenever the spotlight turns to struggling schools and failing students, there’s another question that bubbles up: How well are America’s teacher preparation programs doing their job? 

https://library.uncc.edu/atkins / UNC Charlotte

The fall semester at UNC Charlotte has officially begun. Today is the first full day of classes. And for the first time for many students, it’s a return to campus after last semester's deadly shooting. Processing the trauma of the violence that left two students dead and four others injured is different for everyone. For one library staff member, part of his process is helping others come back to campus.

UNC System schools, including UNC Charlotte, announce they will only hold virtual classes after March 23rd
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In anticipation of students returning to UNC Charlotte for the fall semester, school officials have implemented new safety measures. This follows the April 30 shooting where four students were injured and two were killed.


In an email sent to students, faculty and staff UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois announced his retirement effective June 30, 2020.