D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

University Archives - Official Records of Laurence A. Dorr, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UNC Asheville, 1978 - 1986

Summary Information

UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives
University Archives - Official Records of Laurence A. Dorr, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UNC Asheville, 1978 - 1986
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1978-1986
Date [inclusive]
8.5 Linear feet ; 6 boxes
Physical Description
Contains reports, papers, and other documents. Where possible the original titles of files have been maintained. Although it is believed that files may have been arranged annually, with a separate file for each year, the materials have been condensed and arranged chronologically within alphabetized files. Duplicate materials within a file were removed during processing, but some materials related to more than one subject may be duplicated across files.
Located in Special Collections, Row 1, Sections 3 and 4

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], University Archives, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804

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Biographical Note

Dr. Laurence A. Dorr became Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UNC-Ashville on July 1, 1978. He had obtained a BA in classical languages, and a MA in philosophy, from Boston College, and a Ph.D. in university administration from the University of Michigan. Before moving to Asheville, he had been Assistant to the President of Boston College, Associate Dean of the School of Education, Central Michigan University, and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Kean College of New Jersey. In additional to his VCAA role, Dr. Dorr served as chair of the Philosophy Department, and Humanities program professor. His wife, Joyce Dorr, was professor of music and coordinator of the music program at UNC-Asheville. On September 24 1985, Laurence Dorr announced that he would resign from the Vice-Chancellor role and become a full-time philosophy professor at UNC-A from the fall of 1986. He formally stepped down on June 30, 1986, and Dr. Jeff Rackham, chair of the department of Literature and Language, was appointed acting vice-chancellor for 1986-87.

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Scope and Contents

This archive holds historically significant official papers of Laurence A. Dorr, the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs of UNC-Asheville, from 1978 to 1986.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives

Ramsey Library, CPO # 1500
One University Heights
Asheville, North Carolina, 28804-8504

Restrictions to Access

Certain materials are RESTRICTED to researchers for 75 years from the date of their creation for reasons related to the confidentiality of personnel, student, medical, and other legally protected records. These have been removed from this collection and added to the restricted collection. A note to this effect is included the description of the relevant folder

Sensitive Materials Statement

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina Asheville assumes no responsibility.


No restrictions. Any display, publication, or public use must credit the University Archives, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville. Copyright retained by the creators of certain items in the collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.


Accruals are not anticipated.


University of North Carolina at Asheville. Laurence A. Dorr.

Processing Information

Initially processed by Special Collections staff, date(s) unknown. Reprocessed by Colin Reeve, March 2015.

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Collection Inventory

Box 1

ACE Fellowship, 1983-1984

Academic Advising, 1979-1986

Academic Calendar, 1979-1983

Academic Departments, Budget Requirements, 1980-1981

Academic Policies Committee, 1981-1982

Academic Policies Committee, 1982-1986

Academic Services, Staff Meeting, 1979

Academic Support Services, 1982

Ad-hoc Committee on Attrition, 1978-1980

Admissions, 1978-1979

Admissions, 1980

Admissions, 1980-1986

Admissions, Advising & Retention Sub-committee, 1979-1980

Admissions Committee, 1979-1982

Administrative Retreat, 1981

Advising Checklist, 1977-1979

Advising Procedures, 1979-1985

Advisor - Advisee, 1978

Advisory Committee for Office of Continuing Education on Aging, 1978-1979

Affirmative Action, 1978-1982

Affirmative Action, 1982-1983

Agreements, UNC-Asheville / Western Carolina University, 1980-1981

Annual Departmental Reports, 1977-1978

Annual Departmental Reports, 1980-1981

Annual Departmental Reports, 1981-1982

Annual Departmental Reports, 1982-1983

Annual Departmental Reports, 1984-1985 [Part 1]

Annual Departmental Reports, 1984-1985 [Part 2]

Annual Departmental Reports, 1984-1985 [Part 3]

Annual Departmental Reports, 1985-1986 [Part 1]

Annual Departmental Reports, 1985-1986 [Part 2]

Art & Music, 1979-1986

Asheville - Buncombe Technical College, 1983

Assistant to VCAA, 1978-1982

Box 2

Assistant to VCAA, 1982-1986

Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology, 1978-1982

Awards Night, 1985-1986

Biology, 1978-1985

Blue Ridge Technical Institute, 1979-1982

Board of Trustees, Appointment Actions, 1977-1982

Board of Trustees, Orientation, 1985

Brochures, (1979/1980?)

Budgetary Matters, 1979-1985

Cabinet, 1984-1986

"Carolina Politics", 1979

Catalog Committee, 1980-1984

Chancellor Brown, 1985-1986

Chancellor Highsmith, 1978-1984

Charges to Committees, 1982

Chemistry, 1978-1985

Classics, 1978-1985

Cochran, Thomas, 1979

College Level Advanced Studies Program [CLASP], 1984

College Skills Program, 1984-1986

Commencement, 1979

Committees, 1978-1983

Committee Assignments, 1978-1986

Committee Liaison with Schools, 1983

Committee of the Tenured Faculty, 1979-1984

Committee on Computer Planning & Use, 1978-1979

Committee to Oversee Academic Computing, 1978

Communications, 1982-1985

Computer Center, 1978-1986

Computer Science, 1981-1985

Consent Decree, 1981-1986

Continuing Education, 1978-1985

Convocation, 1985

Council of Chairmen, 1978-1984

Dean of Students, 1978-1979

Degree Authorization, 1979-1985

Department Chairmen, 1978-1980

Department Chairmen, 1980-1982

Department Chairmen, 1982-1985

Department Chairmen, 1985-1986

Department Objectives, 1979-1980

Departmental Goals, 1980-1981

Departmental Objectives, 1981-1982

Departmental Objectives, 1982-1983

Departmental Objectives, 1983-1984

Departmental Objectives, 1984-1985

Departmental Reports, 1979-1980

Developmental Studies, 1979-1984

Distinguished Scholar Committee, 1985-1986

Distinguished Teacher Award, 1982

Drama, 1978-1983

Duchein, Annettee [Pottery & Carving Gifts], 1977-1978

Economics, 1978-1981

Economics, 1981-1986

Box 3

Education, 1978-1980

Education, 1980-1984

Education, 1984-1986

Elderhostel, 1981-1986

Emergency Alert, 1983-1984

Emeritus Status, 1984-1985

Energy Committee, 1978

Engineering Institute, 1982-1985

Enrollment, 1978-1984

Enrollment Services, 1978-1985

Enrollment Services, 1985-1986

Enrollments, Reports on, 1979-1986

Environmental Studies, 1979-1986

Faculty Advisory Committee for Teacher Education, 1978-1979

Faculty Application Form, (N.D.)

Faculty Committees, 1978-1982

Faculty Conciliator, 1983-1986

Faculty Development, 1982-1985

Faculty Evaluation Questionnaire, 1978-1979

Faculty Exchange, 1980

Faculty Load & Credit Hours, 1977-1980

Faculty Meetings, 1978-1984

Faculty Memos, 1978-1985

Faculty Senate, 1979-1986

Feldman, Ruth & Leon Professorship Fund, 1984

Final Exam Reports, 1984

Financial Aid, 1978-1986 [Additional Restricted Materials]

Foreign Languages, 1978-1982

Fulbright Awards, 1984-1985 [Restricted]

General Education, 1985-1986

General Education, Review of, 1981-1985

General Education: Transition to New Requirements, 1985

Gerontology, 1979-1983

Grading Policy, 1978

Graduate Center, 1983-1986

Graduates, 1978-1979

Graduates, 1979-1980

Graduates, 1980-1981

Graduates, 1981-1982

Graduates, 1983-1984

Graduates, 1984-1985

Graduates, 1985-1986

Grants & Scholarships, 1981-1986

"Great Decisions", 1978-1981

Great Smokies Writers' Conference, 1981

Health Promotion Program, 1982-1986

High IQ / Knowledge Bowl, 1982-1986

Historical Resources & Archives Committee, 1978-1982

History, 1978-1985

Honorary Degrees, 1985-1986

Graphics & Publications Department, 1980-1984

Box 4

Honors Program, 1984-1986

Humanities, 1978-1986

Independent Study, 1980-1983

Industrial Management, 1984

International Studies, 1978-1986

Institute for Study & Development of Business & Social Organizations, 1984

Institutional Committees, 1980-1986

Institutional Research, 1978-1985

Institutional Research, Evaluation of, 1979-1981

Intercollegiate Athletics, Special Committee on, 1985

Jewish Studies Center, 1984-1985

Joint Planning Committee with Western Carolina University, 1978-1979

Joint Planning Committee with Western Carolina University, 1979-1983

Joint Planning Committee, Annual Reports, 1979-1983

Land Use Plan, 1985

Learning Resources Center, 1978-1983

Library, 1978-1979

Library, 1979-1986

Literature & Language, 1978-1984

Long Range Planning, 1978-1980

Maintenance, 1978-1983

Majors, 1972-1984

Management, 1978-1984

Management, 1984-1985

Management Information System, 1979

Mathematics, 1981-1986

Memoranda, 1978-1986

Minority Affairs Committee, 1983

Minority Reports, 1978-1979

Minority Retention, 1983

Miscellaneous, 1978-1985

Mossbauer Effect Data Center, 1985

Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), 1980-1983

Music, 1981-1982

North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA), 1978-1982

NC State University: Engineering, 1979-1986

NC State University: Engineering, Briefing, 1986

NC State University: Transfer to School of Forest Resources, 1981

Nursing, 1978-1986

Nursing: Status Report, 1980

Organizational Charts, 1977-1985

Patent & Copyright Committee, 1985

People & Issues Program, 1981

Personnel Documents, 1979-1986

Phi Beta Kappa, 1986

Philosophy, 1983

Physical Education, 1980-1986

Physical Resources, 1982

Physics, 1979-1980

Box 5

Planning, 1981-1986

Planning: Community Service / Continuing Education, 1980-1981

Political Science, 1978-1986

Pre-regisitration, 1979-1982

Program Evaluation, 1982

Programs, Proposed & Approved, 1981-1985

Programs With Few Graduates, 1977-1980

Project Challenge, 1985

Promotions, 1979-1986

Psychology, 1979-1985

Public Information, 1983-1985

Quality Assurance Program, 1982-1983

Radio Station, 1983-1984

Reappointment Materials, 1978-1985

Recruitment, 1984-1985

Registrar, 1978-1985

Registration, 1978-1982

Remedial Programs, 1977-1978

Retention, 1984-1985

ROTC, Army, 1984

Safety Committee, 1978

Science & Mathematics, 1978-1983

Science Forum Series, 1979

Self Study, Steering Committee, 1980-1982

Semester System, 1978-1980

Simulation Center, 1978

Snow Policy, 1985

Sociology, 1981-1984

Southern Association of Colleges & Schools, 1982-1983

Southern Highlands Research Center, 1978-1985

Space Assignments, 1978-1981

Special Academic Programs, 1985-1986

Strategic Planning, 1981

Student Aid & Scholarship Committee, 1985

Student Athletics, 1985

Student Exchange Program, 1984

Student Government Association, 1985

Student Grievance Committee, 1981

Student Merit Information, 1984-1985

Students at Risk, 1986

Summer Retreat, 1984

Summer School, 1979-1983

Telecommunications Task Force, 1986

Telecourses, 1981

Testing, Counseling, and Advising, 1979-1983

Transfer Policy, 1980

Travel, 1978-1981

Undergraduate Research, 1985-1986

United States Forest Service, 1975-1986

UNC-A Abroad, 1978-1980

UNC-A Trustees, 1983-1986

UNC-A / NC State Forestry Program, 1978

UNC-A / Western Carolina University Cooperative Program in Nursing, 1976-1982

UNC-Chapel Hill, Graduate Program, Social Work, 1978-1979

UNC General Administration, 1978-1985

University Planning Council, 1982-1984

University Planning Council, 1984-1986

University Relations / Public Relations, 1980-1985

University Research Council, 1981-1986

VC - Academic Affairs, 1978-1981

VC - Academic Affairs, 1981-1986

Box 6

VC - Finance, 1978-1984

VC - Student Affairs, 1980-1986

Western Carolina University: Background, 1978-1985

Western Carolina University: Cooperative Activity, 1984

Western Carolina University: Correspondence, 1975-1983

Western Carolina University: Enrollment & Scheduling, 1975-1983

Western Carolina University: Financial Agreement with, 1974-1986

Western Carolina University: Joint Appointments, 1979-1980

Western Carolina University: Joint Planning Committee, 1975-1983

Western Carolina University, Review of Relationship with, 1983

Withdraw Procedures, 1979

Workshop: Teaching Skills for Librarians, 1980