The Center City Building will be renamed The Dubois Center at UNC Charlotte Center City in order to honor the legacy of Chancellor Philip Dubois and his wife Lisa. Dubois is retiring on June 30, 2020 after 15 years of service to the University and community of Charlotte.
The $50.4 million Center City Building opened in 2011 and is home to eight different departments and ten programs with 1,400 enrolled students. It is located in Uptown Charlotte and can be accessed from the main campus via the LYNX light rail. The 11 story structure is made entirely of glass.
Inside UNC Charlotte quoted Dubois on the initial structure of the building as saying, “We knew we needed to have a more substantial and visible presence. That led to the decision to make our number one campus construction priority a new building in Center City.”
The Center City Building is one of many large projects that Dubois has overseen. In his time as chancellor he established a $1.2 billion facility construction and renovation program where multiple buildings, including the UREC, have been built.
Lisa Dubois has also left her mark on UNC Charlotte. She served as co-chair of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Women’s Summit and helped implement the Women and Girls Research Alliance that works extensively with the University, among other initiatives.
Micheal L. Wilson, chair of the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees, was also quoted by Inside UNC Charlotte as saying, “The legacy of Chancellor Phil Dubois and First Lady Lisa Lewis Dubois is not limited to their leadership within the walls of the UNC Charlotte campus. They have worked diligently to connect UNC Charlotte to the greater Charlotte community; as the city grew, UNC Charlotte grew with it.”
Dubois said in an interview that he had been looking forward to the unveiling ceremony and celebration with his Executive Cabinet, both of which were not possible under social distancing guidelines.