Event DateEvent Name
02-08-2003The men's basketball team recorded its 500th Atlantic Coast Conference win, defeating Florida State University 61-60.
02-26-2003The University announced the receipt of a $20 million gift to the School of Pharmacy from Fred Eshelman of Wilmington.
04-01-2003Men's basketball coach Matt Doherty resigned. Selected in 2000 to take over the Tar Heels after Bill Guthridge retired, Doherty served as head coach for three seasons. Previously, he held coaching jobs at the University of Kansas and the University of Notre Dame. Doherty was a four year basketball letter winner and 1984 graduate of the University.
04-11-2003A centennial birthday party was held for the Coker Arboretum, which was named for its creator and the University's first professor of botany, Dr. William Chambers Coker.
04-14-2003One week after leading the University of Kansas men's basketball team to the national championship game, Roy Williams was hired to replace Matt Doherty as men's basketball head coach at the University. Williams spent fifteen seasons as the Kansas head coach and ten years as assistant coach under Dean E. Smith.
05-18-2003Comedian Bill Cosby delivered the commencement address at Kenan Memorial Stadium.
05-23-2003The University's "Carolina First" fund-raising campaign reached the $1 billion mark.
10-01-2003Chancellor James Moeser announced the Carolina Covenant, an initiative to give children of low-income families an opportunity to graduate from the University debt-free if they work on campus 10 to 12 hours weekly in a federal work-study job throughout their four years. The University meets the rest of students' needs through a combination of federal, state, university, and private grants and scholarships.
10-13-2003Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan and an alumna of the University, delivered the keynote address for the Graduate School's centennial celebration.
11-22-2003Men's basketball coach Roy Williams coached and won his first official game as head coach, leading the Tar Heels to a 90-64 win over Old Dominion University at the Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center.
12-07-2003The women's soccer team defeated the University of Connecticut 6-0 to win their eighteenth national championship. The Tar Heels scored 32 goals and allowed none during the NCAA tournament, finishing the season a perfect 27-0-0.