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Photo: Todd Gaul
Dee Schwab’s family ties to UNC go back to her great-
great-great grandfather, Samuel Field Phillips, who
graduated in 1841 at age 17.
Dee graduated in 1969 with a double major in English and
international studies and then earned a law degree and an MBA
elsewhere. Three of her four children are Carolina alumni.
Her involvement at Carolina is deep. She was a founding member
of the Women’s Leadership Council and serves on the executive
committee. She also has been involved in the Institute for the Arts
and Humanities since its inception. She serves on several other
boards, including ones for the General Alumni Association and the
Carolina Performing Arts.
“I always seem to be drawn to the start of things,” she said. “I
like launching things, getting things rolling.” At the beginning of
any group effort, “you know some of the places it’s going to take
you but not all,” she said. “That’s when it gets really interesting
She also is the founding board chair of the Children’s Scholarship
Fund-Charlotte, which provides partial scholarship funding for
more than 300 children in grades K– 8 who want to attend an
independent school. She also serves on the board of the North
Carolina Dance Theatre in Charlotte.
Carolina women are students, faculty and staff. They
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