Jerry Coughter is executive director of UNC Charlotte Center City, the new $50.4 million classroom building in the heart of the city’s business district. He joined the University
on Feb. 1.
Construction is nearly complete on the 12-story structure, which is the is the only UNC system classroom building conceived and designed specifically to serve the business, organizations and people of the urban center. Starting this fall, students in UNC Charlotte’s M.B.A. program and other graduate programs will attend classes in this latest addition to Charlotte’s skyline.
Coughter comes from George Mason University (GMU), where he was campus executive officer of George Mason’s campus in Loudoun County, Va., since 2007. In addition to managing day-to-day operations of the campus, Coughter coordinated a public planning process in partnership with the local community college, school system and business community that resulted in the largest-ever gift to the university, a 37-acre, $17.3 million property to become the permanent campus.
"UNC Charlotte Center City is a great opportunity to connect the University to the city in new ways and to showcase and build upon our shared talents and expertise,” Coughter said. “I’m looking forward to have a chance to play a role in all the good things that will emerge from developing this partnership."
Provost Joan Lorden said, Coughter’s experience makes him an ideal fit for the Charlotte Center City position. “The success of the UNC Charlotte Center City is vital to our long-term plan to populate the urban center with our considerable intellectual resources. Jerry is ready to take on the challenge of using this facility to connect us to the community and connect them to the main campus.”
Coughter also served as assistant vice president for regional economic development and director of life science management at GMU. He earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology-molecular biology at Clemson University, a master’s in microbiology and immunology at Virginia Commonwealth University and an M.B.A. from Shenandoah University. He is a doctoral candidate in science and technology policy at George Mason University.
Center City Building will offer several of UNC Charlotte’s graduate-level programs, including the Belk College of Business M.B.A.. The university’s Urban Design Studio also will be based at the facility. In addition, graduate-level classes in the colleges of Engineering, Education, Health and Human Services, Liberal Arts & Sciences will be held in the Uptown campus building, along with the College of Arts + Architecture’s new master’s program in urban design.
The 143,000 square-foot building will overlook a four-acre park and anchor the redevelopment of the city’s First Ward neighborhood. The building’s Ninth and Brevard streets location will be adjacent to the park, and a light rail stop is within easy walking distance.
From Campus News: February 2, 2011