UNC Charlotte Chancellor Emeritus Philip Dubois has recently been honored with the American Council of Education (ACE) Council of Fellows mentor award for his years of service in the postsecondary education field.
Dubois first came to UNC Charlotte in 1991, serving as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs before becoming president of the University of Wyoming in 1997. He returned to UNC Charlotte in 2005 as the University's fourth chancellor and the longest serving chancellor in the UNC System until he recently retired on June 30, 2019 and was replaced by Chancellor Sharon Gaber.
As chancellor, Dubois oversaw the completion of several large construction projects such as the University Recreation Center (UREC) and the Dubois building in Center City as well as the implementation of an intercollegiate football team in 2013 and began the planning for an expected enrollment of 35,000 students.
Dubois has also been an active member of the ACE Fellowship for the past 30 years. The ACE Fellows program is a leadership development program where about 40 fellows spend a year at another university other than their own to work closely with a chancellor or president. More than 80% of Fellows participants have gone on to serve as university chancellors, provosts, vice presidents and deans. Dubois has mentored seven ACE Fellows and nominated two faculty members for program participation.
Sherri Hughes, assistant vice president for professional learning at ACE, stated in a press release that, “Philip Dubois has been a friend to the ACE Fellows Program for so long and contributed in so many ways to the success of the program and the growth and professional development of the Fellows he has engaged with. I am delighted to honor his commitment and generosity with this year’s Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award.”
The Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award is awarded annually to acknowledge mentors' role in the success of ACE Fellows Program participants.
Debra Frey, vice president of Analytics and Marketing, Fidelity Investments said in a press release that, "Mentors play a key role in the success of ACE Fellows Program participants and are an important part of the professional development of the next generation of academic leaders. We are proud to support ACE’s Council of Fellows Mentor Award and congratulate Dr. Dubois on his vast accomplishments at UNC Charlotte over the past 15 years, as well as his significant contributions to developing tomorrow’s leaders in the higher education community.”
Dubois expressed his gratitude in a statement to the Niner Times, saying “This particular honor meant a great deal to me as my nomination for it was advanced by the folks who had served as ACE Fellows in my office. It has been gratifying to pass on a little bit of what I know about higher education to those who might move into a leadership position in a college or university."