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CHARLOTTE, N. C., WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1966
Chancellor Colvard Considered
Highly By University Trustees
Former President Of Mississippi State
Named Last Friday By UNC Trustees
By BARBARA JAMES
Journil StaH Wrttar
The University of North Caro
lina at Charlotte will soon have a
chancellor —. Dr. Dean Wallace
Colvard. As expressed by Dr.
Colvard, the occupational chal
lenge of helping a fledgling
university flourish in the dynam
ic city of Charlotte persuaded
him to resign as President of
Mississippi State University.
Even lafter trustees at Mississippi
State attempted to lure Dr.
Colvard to stay on by raising his
salary and tempting him with a
new Ca^llac, he accepted the
new position in his much-loved
UNC trustees met Friday
Die In Accidents
By RICK DANCY
Journal StaH Writer
Two distinguished members of
the faculty lost their lives in
tragic accidents during the se
Dr. John F. O’Neal, Assistant
Professor of Education, and Dr.
Edwin S. Godsey, Associate Pro
fessor of English, died in separ
Dr. O’Neal died Jan. 17 as a
result of a hunting accident
which occurred near his Middle
sex, N.C., home.
Dr. O’Neal received his B.S.
degree from the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill in
1950 and his M.Ed. degree from
the same school years later. He
was awarded a Ph.D. in school
administration and personnel ad
ministration from Cornell Uni
versity in 1961.
Dr. O’Neal’s varied teaching
background included stays at
Berryhill High Sdiool, Parker
High School in Greenville, S.C.,
Elmira College, Lehigh Uni
versity, and UNC-C. In addition
he had been principal of two
North Carolina schools, Efiand
Elementary and Huntersville
Jr. High. During the period
from 1964-65 he was director of
the Division of Education at C.
W. Post College of Long Island
Dr. O’Neal was listed in Who’s
Who in American Education in
1961. and Who’s Who in the East
In a joint statement by Dr.
Vairo, chairman of the Education
Department and Dr. Wahab,
Academic Dean, O’Neal’s work
was praised as “highly com
mendable, industrious, and made
a distinct contribution to the
teacher education program. In
the short time he was associated
with the University of North
Carolina at Charlotte he won the
friendship and respect of the
entire University community.”
Dr. Edwin Godsey ^ed Jan.
27, in a vain attempt to rescue
his 6-year-old son from an ley
The cries of Joseph Godsey
roused Dr. Godsey and his wife
from their home, which is only
200 yards from the pond. ’The boy
was stiir alive and clutching on to
the broken ice when the two
arrived and the father broke his
Way through the ice to reach the
boy. Mrs. Godsey also entered
the water but started back when
she saw that their other son was
in the water, too.
While Dr. Godsey. tried to keep
his son from going under Mrs.
Godsey ran back to the home to
get a rope. When she brought the
rope back to the scene she threw
it to her husband but it was too
short. The other son then tried to
carry the end of the rope to his
father and younger brother but
couldn’t. Before the mother and
son could attempt any other
rescue actions, Dr. Godsey and
Joseph slid beneath the surface.
Members of the Charlotte
Life Saving Crew ‘ recovered
both bodies within an hour.
County Patrolman Wayne
Crocker quoted the grief stricken
Mrs. Godsey as saying “Two
lives on the ice and the rope
Dr. Godsey received his B.A.
and, M.A. degrees from Vander
bilt University and a Ph.D. from
Dr. Godsey’s teaching career
had taken him to Centre College,
Vanderbilt, and Converse Col
lege. In addition to being a
highly regarded instructor. Dr.
Godsey had published numerous
poems and was working on a
novel about Converse College.
A film viewed by nearly six
million people at the New York
World’s Fair will be shown
Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 11:30 in
“Man’s Search for Happiness”
portrays Mormonism’s philosophy
of life, death and eternity. The
movie is on tour of the world
now that the Fair is over.
The film, acclaimed by Dr.
Norman Vincent Peale as “a
marvelous motion picture done
by top flight actors,” was pro
duced by the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
morning to designate Colvard as
unanimous choice for chancellor.
He will be replacing Dr. Bonnie
Cone who was acting-chancellor.
The three-hour meeting took
place in the Capitol Building in
In appraisals by Dr. Cot-
vard’s colleagues, he is
summed up as an enthusiastlic
and efficient leader. In his
capacity to set goats, then
achieving dcsiraMe residts with
skill and imagination, he is
Chairman of the special coun
seling committee of trustees
named by UNC President Dr.
William Friday was Thomas H.
Death. He said he was deeply
satisfied with the final choice for
chancellor. He proclaimed the
new chancellor as an eminent
educator and administrator.
Death said Dr. Colvard is the
fully qualified and experienced
man’needed to guide the institu
tion in fulfilling its enormous
His status and remarkable
achievements in former positions
will attract faculty members of
the highest caliber. He is the
ideal pick to help the Charlotte
campus cultivate the best possi
ble graduate as well as under
graduate school. Death said.
Another fact in Colvard’s favor
is that he is only 52 years old.
This enables him to continue as
chancelor until retirement age in
While Dr. Colvard was presi
dent of Mississippi State, the
enrollment of b^ graduate
and undergraduate studlents
nearly doubled. He set up
visionary designs for campus
development and his financial
plans nette" the university
several million dollars.
In 1935 he graduated from
Berea College in Kentucky. He
then moved' on to earn his
masters degree in science at the
University of Missouri. Purdue
University was the base from
which he worked for his Ph.D.
Positions he held before the
five-year presidency at Mississip
pi State were as dean of the
agricultural school at N.C. State
University, agriculture instructor
and manager of Brqvard Junior
College farm, and superintendent
of N.C. State agriculture experi
ment Station in Swannonoa.
Other distinguished posts he
has had were as chairman of
the President’s Council of the
National Association of State
Vniver^ties and Land-Grant
Colleges and as director of (he
Federal Reserve Bank of Rich
His jobs as government con
sultant and advisor to private
foundations have often carried
him to such far-reaching stations
as Peru, and Thailand. Altogeth
er Dr. Colvard’s numerous duties
involved his visiting over 20
DR. DEAN WALLACE COLVARD
Dr. Bonnie Cone Offered
Job As Vice-ChanceUor
Down By 200
The University of North Caro-
Una at Charlotte will have almost
200 fewer students for the spring
session than it had for the fall
session if predictions by the
registrar’s office hold up.
Although no exact figures could
be compiled before the Journal
went to press, Mr. Grogan,
director of admissions, predicted
an enrollment of 1600 students for
the spring semester. 'This figure
includes an estimated 200 new
and transfer students.
This means a loss of over 400
students who attended the school
“Less than one-third , of these
students were academically ineli
gible to return, however,” said
Grogan. “Most of the students
who will not be back transferred
to other schools or left for
reasons other than academic.”
A standing ovation given her
Friday by the UNC board of
trustees was a demonstration of
the affection and devotion Dr.
Bonnici Cone’s colleagues have
for her. At the same assembly of
trustees, Dr. D. W. Colvard was
announced as the upcoming
Chancellor. He will replace Miss
Cone, acting chancellor, soon.
She has “graciously agreed” to
aid Colvard in his transition to
the new position, according to
UNC President William Friday.
DeUberating on whether or
not to accept the position of
Vice-Chancellor offered her by
the Board, Miss Cone, 58, will
maintain her present office
until Colvard assumes his du
If she accepts the Vice-Chan
cellorship, she will receive a
salary increase of $4,000 over the
$14,000 she now makes and will
receive an appointment as pro
fessor of mathematics. Such a
position would also enable her to
continue teaching until she
reaches the age of 70. A purely
administrative job requires re
tirement at age 65.
President Friday asserted
that she has accomplished an
extra-oridinary amount of work
in nuturing the Charlotte insti
tution as it evcived from a tiny
community college at old Cen
tral High Bchool, to a fully
accredited and thriving branch
of the UNC University.
He expressed hope that the
capable and popular Miss Cone
would accept the appointment as
Vice-Chancellor so that her ener
getic and diligent work could be