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

  • ui.uncc.edu
    Nov 12, 2019
    Charlotte has struggled with housing affordability in recent years, as the city faces rising rents and home prices driven by rapid growth and low supply.  But urban areas are not the only places grappling with these challenges, even though affordable housing is typically seen as an urban problem. Rural areas in the Carolinas Urban-Rural Connection study region are also experiencing a severe housing shortage and affordability issue.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Nov 05, 2019
    “Regionalism” has become something of a public policy bromide these days — an unwritten assumption that informs the planning, economic and growth decisions that supersede any one political jurisdiction. But what is easy to say can be hard to do. 
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Aug 28, 2019
    While Duke was building the world’s largest electrical network in the Western Piedmont, some Charlotte mill owners recognized that more money could be made loaning money to aspiring industrialists than making cloth themselves.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Aug 28, 2019
    From an agrarian system to an economy based on rural mills and factories drawing workers from former farms and sending goods to Charlotte for distribution, the region undergoes rapid change. 
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Aug 28, 2019
    Charlotte and the surrounding counties have changed dramatically over the past 250 years, evolving from an agrarian backwater to a manufacturing powerhouse to a hub of global finance. It started with settlers looking for new land to farm. 
  • 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.