Bill McCoy

UNC Charlotte
Emeritus Faculty

Biography

William J. (Bill) McCoy is the retired Director of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, and former Associate Vice Chancellor for Extended Academic Programs. He came to UNC Charlotte in 1970 as an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department.  In 1979, Dr. McCoy joined the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute on a part-time basis and was named its Director in 1985.  He retired from that position in 2001.


Among community activities, he has served on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission, on the Citizens Advisory Committee for the 2005 Transportation Plan, on the Planning Board of the Town of Davidson, and served as the Executive Director of Leadership Charlotte.  He is  currently serving or has served on the following Boards of Directors:  Leadership Charlotte, the Carolinas Land Conservation Network, Central Carolinas Choices, the Charlotte Chamber, WFAE, the University City Area Council, the University City YMCA, Child Care Resources, Inc., Grier Heights Economic Foundation, and the Mecklenburg Council on Aging.

Education

B.A. and M.A. degrees from Western Kentucky University and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.

Expertise

State and local politics, national political institutions, physical planning at the local level, facilitator of community processes, and approaches to development. 

Articles

  • plancharlotte.org
    Nov 10, 2015
    Dr. Alfred Stuart, professor emeritus of geography and earth sciences, had a long and distinguished career at UNC Charlotte. We should take a minute to appreciate and celebrate his accomplishments, many of which still have an impact on our region and state. 
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Nov 10, 2015
    Dr. Alfred Stuart, professor emeritus of geography and earth sciences, had a long and distinguished career at UNC Charlotte. We should take a minute to appreciate and celebrate his accomplishments, many of which still have an impact on our region and state. 
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Feb 23, 2015
    A year-long study of the needs of Mecklenburg County’s elderly population found the county’s approach to older adults should focus on stronger and longer-term planning, supported by stronger collaboration among service providers.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Nov 14, 2012
    Surveys are pointing to a new optimism about the local and national economy. Can we move beyond the election and the “fiscal cliff" so that these optimistic attitudes turn into economic realities?
  • ui.uncc.edu
    May 01, 2012
    In March 2012, Goodwill commissioned the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute to conduct a literature review of the workforce development sector’s needs across its eighteen-county region..  The report revealed major themes surrounding system needs, target populations and most valuable skills training. 
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Feb 10, 2012
    In September 2009, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont commissioned the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute to assess the need for a workforce development program for youth in the community and recommend any changes that should be made to put its fledgling Youth Job Connection program on the right track.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Feb 10, 2012
    In September 2009, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont commissioned the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute to assess the need for a workforce development program for youth in the community and recommend any changes that should be made to put its fledgling Youth Job Connection program on the right track.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Nov 02, 2011
    In June 2010, United Way of Central Carolinas commissioned the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute to conduct a comprehensive community needs assessment for its five-county service area.  The primary purpose of the study was to pinpoint the community’s greatest needs and identify gaps in the current...
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jun 23, 2011
    In June 2010, United Way of Central Carolinas commissioned the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute to conduct a comprehensive community needs assessment for its five-county service area.  The primary purpose of the study was to pinpoint the community’s greatest needs and identify gaps in the current...
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jun 08, 2011
    In June 2010, United Way of Central Carolinas commissioned the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute to conduct a comprehensive community needs assessment for its five-county service area.  The primary purpose of the study was to pinpoint the community’s greatest needs and identify gaps in the current...