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Bonnie Cone

In 1987, just over twenty years after the University of North Carolina at Charlotte obtained university status, former student John Kilgo made this comment on his WBT broadcast: “And what frightens me is that modern-day students will forget the school’s beginning. We just don’t give sacred things and honored people the position we once did.” With this in mind, we have created this website to honor Bonnie Cone’s trailblazing and inspiring path as the founder of UNC Charlotte.




Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, this exhibit traces Bonnie Cone's drive and perseverance as she steered the development of UNC Charlotte from a temporary extension center, serving the needs of returning GIs, to a full-fledged university.



The selection of UNC Charlotte's first official chancellor sparked controversy. This exhibit offers a range of perspectives on the mid-1960s selection of Dean W. Colvard to this post.



Bonnie Cone had a unique ability to deeply influence others. This exhibit explores her incredible dedication to UNC Charlotte as well as the profound effect she had on students and colleagues.