YOURS AT CAROLINA
AYear to Remember
When Carolina’s Bicentennial Campaign was launched nearly 30 years ago, the goal — labeled “ambitious” — was $320 million.
As the campaign ended in 1995, then-Chancellor Paul
Hardin pointed to how Carolina “blew by” what it had first
put in its sights, raising $440 million.
Dollars, given across the years, make a difference in the lives of our students every day. In the
past year alone, $543 million was raised — more
than $100 million beyond what was raised in the
six years of the Bicentennial Campaign combined.
(And in the eight and a half years of the Carolina
First Campaign, Carolina raised $2.38 billion.)
The vast majority — more than 85 percent in
each case — of alumni gifts in the Bicentennial
and Carolina First campaigns came from GAA
members. The GAA’s comprehensive alumni
records of 322,000-plus living alumni, with the
GAA’s award-winning communications and award-winning
programs, inform and engage alumni — providing the foun-
dation essential to fundraising.
I’ll have more to say about “For All Kind: The Campaign
for Carolina,” publicly launched just before University Day
with a $4.25 billion goal, but there have been other notable
milestones between University Days in 2016 and ’17:
■ Twenty-one Carolina Firsts were announced by Chancellor Carol L. Folt on University Day 2016, with grants and
fellowships named for these path-breaking Tar Heels.
■ Also on University Day 2016, an anonymous $20 million
match challenge was announced for two signature scholarships: the Morehead-Cain and the Carolina Covenant. (The
first are awarded based on merit, the second are based on
need.) By University Day 2017, as a result of that challenge, a
total of $65 million had been raised for those scholarships.
■ Michael Jordan ’ 86 was awarded the Presidential Medal of
Freedom by then-President Barack Obama.
■ Dr. Sheldon Peck ’ 63 (’ 66 DDS) and his wife, Leena,
unveiled their $25 million gift to the Ackland Art Museum.
■ Undergraduate applications rose for the 12th consecutive
year — increasing 13. 7 percent to 40,792.
■ A renovated Hill Hall reopened with the auditorium
named for Chancellor Emeritus James Moeser and his wife,
■ The men’s basketball team won its sixth NCAA championship.
■ Construction began on renovations to Fetzer Field
for soccer and lacrosse, a new indoor practice facility for
football, relocation of field hockey to a new stadium and the
relocation of the outdoor track to Finley Fields.
■ H.R. McMaster ’ 94 (MA, ’96 PhD) was named national
security adviser; J. Michael “Mick” Mulvaney ’ 92 (JD)
became director of the Office of Management and Budget;
Kristan King Nevins ’ 13 (MBA) is chief of staff to Karen
Pence; and Ray Starling ’02 (JD) is special assistant to the
president for agriculture, trade and food assistance.
■ An $18 million gift by the Shuford family of Hickory is
doubling UNC’s undergraduate entrepreneurship program.
■ To the relief of many, the day after University Day 2017
the NCAA infractions panel announced it could not conclude
that Carolina violated NCAA academic rules when it made
available paper-only classes to the student body, including
student-athletes. Accordingly, it announced no penalties.
We also have ongoing concerns:
■ Passage of House Bill 2 by the N.C. General Assembly in
2016 prompted the NCAA to withdraw seven championship
events from North Carolina; legislation enacted in 2017 is
expected to avoid withdrawals of future championship events.
■ The UNC System Board of Governors voted to prohibit
the law school’s Center for Civil Rights, founded by the late
Julius Chambers ’ 62 (LLBJD), from all litigation and any type
of client representation, including the practice of going to
court against the state and other government entities as part of
teaching law students.
■ The future of the Confederate monument known as Silent
Sam remained unclear at University Day 2017. A state law,
adopted by the General Assembly in 2015, prohibits the
removal or relocation of publicly sited monuments without
permission of the N.C. Historical Commission.
Recent leadership changes include:
■ Dean of the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Robert
Blouin, has been named UNC’s provost and executive vice
chancellor. Dhiren Thakker, pharmacy’s associate dean for
entrepreneurial development, was named interim dean.
■ Elaine Westbrooks joined Carolina as University librarian.
And among those we lost in the past year:
■ Former Chancellor Hardin.
■ Former UNC System first lady Ida Friday ’ 47 (MPH).
■ Former business school Dean Paul Rizzo ’ 50.
As we reflect on the passing of time, we look forward to
2018 and celebrating Carolina’s 225th anniversary, the GAA’s
175th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the George
Watts Hill Alumni Center. Happy holidays to you and yours.
Yours at Carolina,
Douglas S. Dibbert ’ 70