Provost says personal touch will remain
By Ariel Houchens
Around The Town Editor
UNCP’s rapid growth will not affect the university’s personal touch, said the university’s new provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs Dr. Charles Harrington at two separate “Meet the Provost” town meetings Sept. 12.
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Dr. Charles Harrington speaks with two of UNCP’s students before the morning town meeting.
“We have created an environment where we nurture students,” Harrington said.
This semester, 980 freshmen enrolled at UNCP. These students are coming from farther and farther away, Harrington said. In the spring, eight students from Taiwan will attend UNCP.
With the influx of new students, Harrington promised students that they would not have to worry about ending up in classrooms with over 350 classmates.
“You have my commitment,” Harrington said. “It will be managed growth.”
Another challenge connected to the increasing number of students on campus is the difficulty of finding a parking spot each day.
Harrington said that UNCP is the fourth university he has served and, compared to the others, parking on this campus isn’t a problem.
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Dr. Charles Harrington speaks with Dr. Kay McClanahan, chair of the Faculty Senate.
“You do not have a parking problem. What you have is a convenience problem,” Harrington said.
Kristen Dobs, a sophomore who went to the evening forum, described Harrington as really down to earth.
“He sat on our level right next to us, wanting to know our wants and needs to make our personal experience a better one,” Dobs said.
Harrington invited students to come by his office anytime. An appointment isn’t necessary, Harrington said.
Sometimes students feel as though there’s no one they can talk to. “There is,” he said. “It’s me. I’m easy to find.” He also said that he wants to make the forums a “regular process.”
Harrington urged his audience to help him create solutions to the issues and growing pains the university has experienced, and will continue to experience in the upcoming years.