Bonnie Cone's Legacy

The history of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte began in the basement of Central High School in 1946 as an extension program of the UNC system. Three years later when UNC tried to close the school, Bonnie Cone led the good fight to keep it open. Her efforts paid off and Charlotte College was established as a community college. Cone was instrumental in establishing the school as a four year college. In 1962, the school moved to its present location in the northern part of the county and became part of the UNC system in 1965 with an enrollment of 1,815. Bonnie Cone continues to be active in the University and has served as the Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs, as well as on the UNCC Foundation. Today there are 16,670 students at the university that boasts fifty-six master programs and twelve doctoral programs.