Jonathan Kozar

Term Assistant Professor
George Mason University
703-993-2309

Biography

Jonathan currently teaches Geography at George Mason University.  He is a former research specialist at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. He was responsible for a variety of economic and survey research projects. Responsibilities include graduate student supervision, data collection and review, report writing and review, and project management.  He also assisted in various other research capacities as needed. His research interests include urban/regional economic development, business and producer service industry growth, and urban economic transformations.

Education

Ph.D. in Geography & Urban Regional Analysis from the Univeristy of North Carolina at Charlotte.  

Owen Furuseth

Associate Provost for Metropolitan Studies and Extended Academic Programs Professor of Geography Department of Geography and Earth Sciences
UNC Charlotte
704 687-1302

Biography

Owen J. Furuseth is Associate Provost for Metropolitan Studies and Extended Academic Programs, and Professor of Geography at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to joining the UNC Charlotte faculty, Furuseth was employed as an urban and regional planner in Florida and a planning educator in Oregon. Since 1997, he has served as the Principal Investigator for the City of Charlotte Neighborhood Quality of Life Studies.

Education

Ph.D. Geography, Oregon State University, 1978

M.A. Geography, East Carolina University, 1973

B.A. Geography and Urban and Regional Planning, East Carolina University, 1971

Fulbright Senior Research Scholar, University of Auckland, NZ, 1993

NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship, Simon Fraser University, 1981

Expertise

Furuseth’s current research interests are centered around community planning, especially social and community change associated with Latino immigration.  With fellow UNC Charlotte geographer, Heather Smith, Owen co-edited Latinos in the New South: Transformations of Place (Ashgate, 2006). He has also co-edited Rural Housing, Exurbanization, and Amenity-Driven Development (Ashgate, 2010).

Suzanne Leland

Associate Professor of Political Science
UNC Charlotte
704-687-2571

Biography

Suzanne Leland is an Associate Professor of Political Science at University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.  She worked for the Governor's Consolidation Study Commission while earning her Ph.D. at the University of Kansas. She teaches and researches urban politics, state and local government, and intergovernmental relations. She is the co-editor of Case Studies in City-County Consolidation and City-County Consolidation: Promises Made, Promises Kept? with Kurt Thurmaier. Her publications also have appeared in Public Administration Review, Public Budgeting and Finance, American Review of Public Administration, Municipal Finance Journal and other journals

Education

Ph.D. University of Kansas.

Expertise

Urban politics, state and local government, and intergovernmental relations

Jody Pressley

UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
704-687-1204

Biography

Jody has spent over 15 years with the UNC-Charlotte Urban Institute working with the School Services Division.  During this time, she has been an IT Tech Support Analyst working on a variety of special projects for the NC Public Schools computerized bus routing program.  Each NC school district is provided this software (known as TIMS), as a tool to efficiently route public school buses.  Jody teaches classes and assists school districts with database maintenance; data collection; routing and scheduling; personnel requirements; automation of procedures; hardware availability and application; communication environments; optimization modules; and implementation of special projects.


Jody also coordinates the annual spring TIMS conference to coordinate conference logistics, handout preparations, teach sessions, and coordinate panel discussions for this annual conference and other large meetings associated with the school bus personnel in NC.  Jody brings years of experience and expertise to any project we take on and deals with a wide range of organizational structures outside the University. 

Education

Educational background:  ECPI, specialized computer course work at Central Piedmont Community College, GIS specialized training with ESRI

 

Ferrel Guillory

Director UNC Program on Public Life
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Biography

Ferrel Guillory teaches in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is also director of the Program on Public Life. He is a senior fellow at MDC, a nonprofit research firm in Chapel Hill, and was a principal co-author of MDC’s seven State of the South reports published since 1996.

Education

Guillory earned a bachelor's degree from  Loyola University in 1969 and a master's degree from the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, in 1970.

Expertise

Guillory works at the intersection of policy, politics and journalism.  His interests include Southern and North Carolina politics; he writes on social, economic and demographic trends and spent 20-plus years in journalism in New Orleans and Raleigh, writing for newspapers and magazines.

Josh McCann

President  
Play for Change

Biography

Josh is a Chapel Hill native and has worked as a newspaper reporter for the Independent Tribune in Cabarrus County and The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette in Beaufort County, S.C.

Education

M.A. Urban Planning, University of Illinios B.A. Journalism (Ithaca College)

Tom Hanchett

Staff Historian
Levine Museum of the New South
704-333-1887 x 228

Biography

Tom Hanchett joined Levine Museum of the New South in uptown Charlotte as staff historian in 1999, helping create award-winning exhibits including Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers: Reinventing Charlotte in the New South.

Educated at Cornell, University of Chicago, and UNC Chapel Hill, he writes widely on southern culture and urban history. Highlights include Sorting Out the New South City (UNC Press); Salad Bowl Suburbs in  Charlotte NC: Global Evolution of a New South City; and essays collected at www.historysouth.org.

Education

Cornell, University of Chicago, and UNC Chapel Hill

Expertise

Southern culture and urban history.

Bill Anderson

Special assistant to the dean for community relations
UNC Charlotte Cato College of Education
704-687-5340

Biography

Bill Anderson has been an educator for more than 30 years, 25 of those with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS).  He is with the Cato College of Education at UNC Charlotte.  Prior to joining the College of Education, he was the executive director of MeckEd.  Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education, also known at MeckEd, is committed to quality public education for all students and is an independent voice for public education.  Before MeckEd, he was executive director of Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Inc. from 2002 to 2006.

Education

Bill received a bachelor of arts in education from Greensboro College and his master's in educational administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  In 2001, he received his Ed.D. in educational leadership from UNC Charlotte.

Expertise

Dr. Anderson served in several roles during his time with CMS. He was the assistant superintendent for high school curriculum and instruction in CMS, as well as a principal and assistant principal at several middle and high schools in Charlotte and Shelby, including four years as principal at Myers Park High School. During his tenure there, the school was named the seventh best public high school in the nation by Newsweek magazine (2003). During his work at Shelby High School (1997-2001), the school was named one of the “Top 10 Most Improved Schools in North Carolina.” Bill Anderson was N.C. Principal of the Year in 2001.

Amber Veverka

Freelance Writer

Biography

Freelance writer Amber Veverka spent 20 years as a newspaper journalist, most recently at The Charlotte Observer. She's a master naturalist, N.C. certified environmental educator and volunteer with Mecklenburg Park and Recreation and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. She lives in Charlotte with her husband, children, cats, rabbits, chickens and thousands of honeybees.

Education

Amber Veverka is a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Expertise

Corbin Peters

Social Media Specialist
Duke Energy

Biography

Corbin Peters is a former undergraduate academic intern. He grew up in Hickory and majored in communications studies at UNC Charlotte. Corbin was the online managing editor of the UNC Charlotte student newspaper, Niner Times.

Education

B.A. in Communications, University of North Carolina Charlotte