Asssociate Provost for Urban Research and Community Engagement


Dr. Byron P. White is Associate Provost for Urban Research and Community Engagement at the University of North Carolina Charlotte where he oversees a new office called urbanCORE (Community-Oriented Research and Engagement) charged with mobilizing, assessing, and advancing efforts that connect the university‚Äôs interdisciplinary, urban research resources to community assets. Dr. White has spent his career as a journalist and administrator in academic, corporate, non-profit, and public sectors facilitating mutually beneficial engagement between institutions and urban communities. He has a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, is a research associate at the Kettering Foundation, and serves on the advisory board of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.   

urbanCORE Leadership


Senior Director of Strategic Community Partnerships

Dr. Michelle Meggs

Executive Director, Women + Girls Research Alliance

Dr. Tamara Johnson

Director of Engaged Scholarship, Bonner Leaders Program, Adjunct Faculty, Global Studies

Dr. Lori Thomas

Executive Director, Urban Institute & Institute for Social Capital