Efforts to Retain Faculty in 2004 Called 'Encouraging' Thank you for the timely article on fac- ulty retention ("Catch and Release" by David Brown ' 75,July!August issue). While the article accurately reflects the challenges we face at Carolina in countering the lure of other great universities, I anl pleased to report that we were more successful this year than last. We had 69 faculty who were given external offers this spring, and although we lost 26 of them, we were able to retain the other 43. Working with the deans and epartment chairs, we identified funding and support increases that made the difference in their decision to stay. This is not to say the problem offaculty retention is solved; it ook a long time for the problem to grow, and it will take a sustained effort to combat it. But this year the results are encouraging. Robert N. Shelton Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Recognizing a Leading Alumna
I was delighted to see the picture of
Sallie Shuping Russell enlightening the rapt
venture capital team from Notre Dame
("Extracurricular," July August). But I was
dismayed to see that she wasn't properly
identified as a graduate of the University.
Sallie is one of UNC's most successful,
dynamic and supportive alums, and she
should certainly be recognized as such.
Michael McFee ' 76
Deparmlent of English
Editor's note: Sallie Shuping Russell is a
1977 graduate if Carolina, is a member if the
UNC Board ifVisitors and serves on the board
if UNC's Foundation Investment Fund Inc.
A 'Surprise' Selection
I was both pleased and surprised at the
selection of David Lipsky's Absolutely Amer-
ican as the recommended book for the
incoming Carolina freshman class this year.
As a graduate of both West Point (class
of 1945) and UNC (master's in English,
1957), I have great affection for both insti-
tutions. I hope the marriage of the two -
though temporary - will be fruitful.
Retired Brig. Gen. (USAF)
Jesse C. Gatlin Jr. ' 57 (MA)
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