Dr. Nancy Gutierrez
Nancy Gutierrez joined the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in July 2005. She received a B.A. in English from Denison University, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Chicago. Prior to coming to UNC Charlotte, she served as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Arizona State University, where she was a Professor of English.
Gutierrez is past-president of the national Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, the nation’s most influential association for academic leaders in the liberal arts and sciences. She has been a member of the CCAS Board of Directors since 2009 and is actively working to expand the liberal arts and sciences and support emerging areas of knowledge at the graduate level. She also has served on several local boards in the Charlotte area, including the Arts & Sciences Council Board of Directors since 2008. Since 2009, she has been actively involved as an Arts & Sciences board member in the cultural communities’ participation in public education.
While at Arizona State University, she created a campus-wide Faculty Development Program. She was a leader in reforming the general education curriculum and in improving the professional status for full-time, contract faculty. Prior to her position as Vice Provost, she served as the Associate Dean for Academic Personnel in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and as Chair of the Department of English.
A scholar of early modern English literature, she has published on Shakespearean drama and early modern women. Her most recent book is “Shall She Famish Then”: Female Food Refusal in Early Modern England (Ashgate 2003). She served as President of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association and currently serves as Treasurer for the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. She has also published on issues in higher education, particularly on the intersection of a liberal arts education and academic administration.
Dr. Philip Dubois
A native of Oakland, California, Philip L. Dubois attended the University of California, Davis, where he graduated in 1972 with an undergraduate degree in political science, earning election to the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. He then earned master’s (1974) and doctoral (1978) degrees in the field from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dubois began his academic career in 1976 at the University of California, Davis.
Over the next 15 years, he rose through the faculty and administrative ranks to full professor and held various administrative posts, including associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. In 1991, Dubois was recruited to UNC Charlotte, where he spent the next five and a half years as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. Dubois was credited with drafting a strategic academic plan, leading the development of the university’s first comprehensive campus-wide plan for information technology, and initiating programs to better serve nontraditional adult students. Under his leadership, UNC Charlotte also planned and launched its first doctoral programs.
In 1997, Dubois was named president of the University of Wyoming. In that role, he led the development of comprehensive academic, support services, and capital construction plans for the campus; stimulated a growing volume of new capital construction projects and building renovations; expanded UW’s role in statewide economic development; and improved the recruitment and retention of students. During his eight-year tenure, state and federal legislative support increased significantly, while private gifts to the university more than quadrupled. He was honored in 2004 by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) with its District VI Chief Executive Leadership Award.
On March 18, 2005, Dubois was named UNC Charlotte’s fourth chancellor and assumed that role on July 15. Dubois has focused his efforts on building the University’s visibility and support in the Charlotte region; long-range planning for an expected enrollment of 35,000 students; completion of key capital construction and renovation projects in excess of $1.2 billion; improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of critical business processes; and implementation of an intercollegiate football program starting in the fall of 2013. During his tenure, completed applications among freshmen and transfer students have grown by 91%, while overall enrollment has climbed to nearly 29,000 (a 38% increase).
Recent community recognitions for Dr. Dubois and UNC Charlotte include the Charlotte World Affairs Council World Citizen Award (2016), the CASE District III Inclusion and Diversity Leadership Award (2015), the Leo M. Lambert Engaged Leader Award (2014), the Belk Innovation in Diversity Award (2013), the Charlotte Energy Leadership Award (2013), the Charlotte Cornerstone Award (2012, for positive economic impact), the Creative Thinker’s Award (2012, for UNC Charlotte—Center City), and the Charlotte Regional Partnership “Jerry” Award (2009, for public sector contributions to economic development).
Dr. Dubois and his wife, Lisa Lewis Dubois have three adult children: Logan, an associate with an executive placement firm in Atlanta; Taylor, an information technology associate with Bank of America; and Ali, a development associate at the University. Dr. and Mrs. Dubois reside on campus in the Sara H. Bissell House.
Dr. Joan Lorden
Joan Lorden serves as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UNC Charlotte, North Carolina’s urban research university with over 28,700 students. She provides leadership for seven colleges, research institutes, and a university-wide graduate school. She has overseen significant growth in enrollment, instructional programs at all levels, and funded research. Lorden served as the project director for the UNC Charlotte ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant from NSF. Before moving to Charlotte, Dr. Lorden held the position of NSF/CGS Dean-in-Residence and was Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she directed the university-wide graduate program in neuroscience. She has held leadership roles in several organizations, including the Council of Graduate Schools and ORAU where she chaired the Boards of Directors, and APLU where she chaired the executive committee of the Council on Academic Affairs. Lorden received a B.A. from the City College of New York and a Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University.
Mr. Joël Gallegos
Joël A. Gallegos is assistant provost for international programs at UNC Charlotte where he overseas campus wide internationalization efforts including education abroad and exchange, international students and scholars, English language training, global engagement, intercultural outreach and on-campus internationalization. Prior to his roles at UNC Charlotte, he taught French and worked in international higher education in Europe and in the United States. Gallegos, was chair of NAFSA Association of International Educator’s 2014 Annual Conference in San Diego, CA and also serves on their board of directors as chair of the organizational advancement committee. He also currently serves on the board of directors of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) in Washington DC and the World Affairs Council of Charlotte while chairing the education committee. Gallegos is a frequent speaker at international higher education conferences on topics including student mobility and campus internationalization. Gallegos holds degrees from Bowling Green State University in Foreign Languages and French Literature and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, France.
Dr. John Chen
Dr. Chen is the Chairman of the Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce, He served on the board of the Arts and Science Council, Charlotte E.A.S.T., Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University, the Chinese American Association of Charlotte and United Way. He also served on the Crossroads Charlotte Steering Committee and an active member of the FBI’s Citizens Engagement Committee. He is the founder, chairman and head coach of the Charlotte Dragon Boat Association.
He was the recipient of the 2008 FBI Director’s Community Leadership award in Washington DC, the Golden Ring award in 2008 by Life in Charlotte, The MICA 2012 Global Leadership award, Asian Herald’s 20th Anniversary service award in 2013 and the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce 2015 Diversity Champion award.
He received his education from National Cheng Kung University (BChE), University of Louisville (MChE) and Princeton University (MA, PhD). Dr. Chen joined Celanese Corporation in 1969 and held a number of positions, became the head of new business development in the Cellulose Acetate Division. He was appointed Managing Director of SciMat Ltd in UK, until his retirement in 2002.
He is married to Julie with two grown children, Andrew and Vincent.
Mr. Ed Yu
Edward Yu is currently working for Wells Fargo Securities, Asset-Back Finance Division, Mortgage Finance Group. He is leading the structuring and execution of Mortgage-backed securities securitization effort as a vice president. He also worked for PNC bank, Bank of America mainly in mortgage-backed securities field in the past 15 years.
Before coming to USA, he worked for several Chinese state-owned companies in Shenzhen and Hong Kong from 1991 to 1998.
Edward Yu received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from The Thunderbird School of Global Management, A Unit if Arizona State University (ASU) in 1999, Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Dalian Jiaotong University of China in 1991.
Ms. Ynez Olshausen
Ynez Olshausen is CEO of YHO Consulting LLC. She holds degrees from UC Berkeley (BA) and Boston University (M Ed). She developed and led award-winning language immersion programs in the US Department of Defense Dependents Schools and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and now supports the development and growth of language immersion programs across North Carolina. She was recognized as Principal of the Year in both DoDDS (1994) and CMS (2004). In 2015 she was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.