on University advisory boards. The Carolina
American Indian Center came out of the
committee, and Kennedy has since organized
the Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic
Diversity, which he co-chairs. He received
the Harvey Beech Outstanding Alumni Award,
given in 2009 by the GAA-sponsored Black
Alumni Reunion, and the William Richardson
Davie Award in 2014 from UNC’s Board of
■ Krawcheck, of New York, who attended UNC
as a Morehead Scholar, held top posts at
financial firms, including Smith Barney, Citi
and Merrill Lynch, before launching Ellevate,
a global professional women’s network, and
Ellevest, which focuses on investing for women. She recently published a book, Own It, on
career management for women.
Krawcheck has served on UNC’s Board
of Visitors, the UNC Foundation Investment
Board and the Global Leadership Council and
joined committees focused on investments,
global leadership and development. A member of the Morehead-Cain Central Selection
Committee periodically since 2001, she has
been the keynote speaker at the foundation’s
finalists banquet and at its alumni forum.
Krawcheck addresses on-campus events
such as the Carolina Women’s Leadership
Council and hosts Carolina alumni events at
her home. In 2003, she received the GAA’s
Distinguished Young Alumna Award, and in
2014, the William Richardson Davie Award
from UNC’s Board of Trustees.
Individual award citations and a list of past
recipients are at alumni.unc.edu/awards.
GAA Honors Three for Outstanding Service
■ Farmer, of Carrboro, came to UNC in 2000 as
senior associate director of admissions and
was promoted to vice provost in 2004. For
more than a decade, Carolina has seen annual increases in the number of applications and
has admitted more students who are the first
in their families to go to college, more international students and more students of color.
Farmer has founded two nationally recognized programs: Carolina College Advising
Corps, which sends UNC alumni into under-served high schools to guide eligible students
through the college admissions and financial aid process; and the Carolina Student
Transfer Excellence Program, which smooths
the path for community college students to
transfer to Carolina. He also was a key player
in launching Thrive@Carolina, which aims to
boost graduation rates by coordinating student support services. In 2010, Farmer received UNC’s C. Knox Massey Distinguished
■ Kennedy, of Atlanta — who also sits on the
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
and had a previous career in investment and
banking — has consulted with the University
on high-profile hiring. He also has held leadership roles in some of the University’s major
fundraising efforts, including the Bicentennial
and the Carolina First campaigns, as he will
in the campaign launching this fall.
While expanding minority giving to the University, as a member of the National Steering
Committee of the Carolina First Campaign,
Kennedy established and chaired the Minority Alumni Committee that increased diversity
The recipients of the GAA’s 2017 Distinguished Service Medals are Michael Kennedy ’ 79, left, Sallie Krawcheck ’ 87 and Stephen Farmer.
The General Alumni Association has honored UNC’s undergraduate admis-
sions director and two alumni who have
drawn on their business experience to sup-
port the University and the association.
Recipients of the 2017 Distinguished
Service Medals are Stephen Farmer, vice
provost for enrollment and undergraduate
admissions; Michael Kennedy ’ 79, senior
client partner with Korn Ferry International, an executive search and development
firm; and Sallie Krawcheck ’ 87, CEO and
co-founder of the investment firm Ellevest.
The medals were presented at the GAA’s
Annual Alumni Luncheon on May 13
during Spring Reunions Weekend. The
association has awarded the medals since
1978 to alumni and others who have provided outstanding service to the association
or the University.