C.D. Spangler, Jr.

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree: Mr. C.D. Spangler, Jr. is an accomplished businessman for whom public service in education has been a lifelong avocation. In 1954, he received a B.S. degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master's in business administration from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1956. The next two years after graduation, Dick served in the U. S. Army, returning to Charlotte in 1958 to work for his father’s company, C.D. Spangler Construction Company. Both Dick and his wife, Meredith, were active volunteers in the educational system, and in 1972, Dick was elected to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. He served as Vice Chairman from 1974 to 1976, during which time he participated in statewide efforts to provide a kindergarten program for all 5-year-olds in the public schools. In 1973, while continuing to serve as President of the family construction company, Dick became Chairman of the Bank of North Carolina, and was subsequently elected director of the NC National Bank. From 1982 until 1986, Dick was Chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Education, and in 1984, he co-chaired Governor James B. Hunt’s Commission on Education for Economic Growth. In both roles, he advocated a return to emphasis on teaching the basics, higher salaries for teachers, and programs for training high school principals for their challenging jobs. Dick became President of The University of North Carolina in 1986, serving for eleven years until 1997. He has served on numerous boards, including the Mint Museum of Art, Crozer Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary. He has held directorships with the Equitable Life Assurance Society and Jefferson-Pilot Corporation, BellSouth Corporation, and National Gypsum Company, and is a former member of the Business-Higher Education Forum. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. President Spangler was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award from Harvard Business School in 1988 and the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in 1994. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Associates of Harvard Business School. In 1997, President Spangler was presented the Distinguished Public Service Award from the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry. The Spangler’s have two daughters, Anna and Abigail, both Wellesley graduates. Anna holds an M.B.A. degree from Harvard, and Abigail holds a PhD from Columbia University.