Ginny Knot t
Mill Neck, N.Y.
“My experience at Carolina was joyous,” said Virginia Commander “Ginny” Knott. “It
was life-enhancing on every level. I had such an interesting academic experience
and made friends for life.”
Through the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council, Knott is still learning, and still
making friends. She first became involved with the council by being invited to a
meeting. “I had no idea what I was going to, but the experience was amazing,” she
said. “Anson Dorrance spoke, and hearing him made me so excited about women’s
soccer. I wanted to support such an incredible team.”
So she did. Knott made a gift to the Educational Foundation, and a commitment to
join the council. Now she is not just an enthusiastic member, but serves on the
executive committee. She has served on the Board of Visitors, and the Carolina First
Regional Steering Committee in New York, and the Board of Directors of the General
She also is the mother of two Carolina students, David Jr., a senior, and Fifi, a junior. “My
children are unbelievably happy at UNC,” Knott says. “They are having experiences as
joyous as mine, even though each one is unique.”
In addition to the Educational Foundation, Knott has supported several campus interests.
She and her husband, David Knott, created a professorship at Kenan-Flagler Business School,
and she gives to the Ackland Art Museum to honor one of her professors, Joseph Sloan.
When not supporting Carolina, Knott is the executive publisher of the Harris Outdoor
Group, a magazine publishing division that she founded in 1979.
“I have learned so much about the university from my involvement with the
council, and I have met such outstanding women,” she said. “Learning of their
commitments and contributions has been inspirational. Being involved and
giving back is so much more than just writing a check. I love being exposed
to so many talented and capable women.”
Women give to Carolina in many ways —not just
financially but also by volunteering their energy,
time and ideas. They serve on every University
board, including the Board of Trustees, the
Board of Visitors and the Carolina First Campaign
Steering Committee, and they champion Carolina
in their regions. They mentor students and
provide summer internships.
Another way women serve Carolina is through
the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council—a
network of women from all over the country committed to supporting the University and students’
educational experiences. In addition to members’
individual gifts, the council is collectively funding
a faculty mentoring award program, which recognizes outstanding faculty who go the extra mile
to mentor students and other faculty.
Women are leaving their footprints all over
the University —touching the lives of students,
faculty and staff members. As Carolina works to
become the nation’s leading public university,
women’s support is especially critical.
Where will you leave your footprint?
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