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UNC-Chapel Hill taps leadership to co-chair major fund-raising campaign
(Chapel Hill, N.C. – March 11, 2016) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has named the co-chairs of a campus-wide fund-raising campaign expected to launch publicly in the fall of 2017. The co-chairs will rotate through three groups of three-member teams during the life of the campaign:
Barbara Rosser Hyde of Memphis, Tennessee
Hyde is president of the J.R. Hyde III Family Foundation. She began her career in the University’s development office and served as executive director of the Arts and Sciences Foundation. She also served two terms on the UNC Board of Trustees and co-founded and co-chaired the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council.
Roger L. Perry Sr. of Chapel Hill
Perry is president of East West Partners Management Company, a real estate development and management company in Chapel Hill. In 2003, Perry was appointed to the UNC Board of Trustees, which he chaired from 2007 to 2009, and was also a member of the UNC Board of Visitors.
John L. Townsend III of Greenwich, Connecticut
Townsend most recently served as managing partner and chief operating officer at Tiger Management, LLC. Prior, he spent nearly 15 years at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as a general partner and as managing director. He was a member of the UNC Board of Trustees from 2010 to 2013 and has served on the executive committee of the UNC Investment Fund, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Board of Visitors and Ackland Art Museum’s National Advisory Board.
Public Launch Phase
Julia Sprunt Grumbles of Chapel Hill
Grumbles is a retired corporate vice president of human resources, public relations and corporate marketing resources for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. She is a member of the UNC Board of Trustees and the board of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and has served on the boards of the UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities and UNC Health Care System. Grumbles is also co-founded the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council.
Lowry Caudill of Durham, North Carolina
Caudill is co-founder of Magellan Laboratories Incorporated. He chaired the UNC Board of Trustees from 2013 through 2015 and remains a current member. He also chaired the Chancellor’s Innovation Circle and the Executive Board of the Educational Foundation, and served on the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Board of Visitors and the Advisory Working Group for the Entrepreneurship Minor in the College of Arts and Sciences.
John G. Ellison Jr. of Greensboro, North Carolina
Ellison is the chairman of the Ellison Co. He has served on multiple boards, including the UNC Board of Visitors and the UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities Advisory Board. He concluded an eight-year tenure on the UNC Board of Trustees in 2011.
Michael D. Kennedy of Atlanta, Georgia
Kennedy is a senior partner at Korn/Ferry International. In 2011, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, the largest pension fund in the country. He chaired the UNC Board of Visitors for two consecutive terms and served on the boards of the UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities and the UNC Center for the Study of the American South.
Two additional co-chairs will be named by the University in advance of the campaign’s Closing Phase.
“We’re very honored and excited to have such a distinguished group of volunteers lead this campaign,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “They will bring a tremendous amount of wisdom, experience and passion to the job, along with a diversity of perspectives that will enrich every aspect of the campaign.
“Our co-chairs are true-blue Tar Heels who didn’t hesitate to say ‘Yes’ when we asked them to sign on. That attests to their commitment to Carolina, and to the promise of this campaign. Thanks to their leadership and vision, this will be a campaign like no other, for a university like no other.”
In 2015, the first year of the campaign’s quiet phase, the University raised nearly $447 million, setting an all-time record in its 222-year history. The campaign is UNC-Chapel Hill’s first major fund-raising drive since Carolina First, which ended in December 2007 and raised $2.38 billion. A goal has not been established for the upcoming campaign.
For more information on all the campaign co-chairs see: http://giving.unc.edu/unc-announces-leadership-of-major-fund-raising-campaign/
Grumbles, Ellison, Caudill: http://unc.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Miscellaneous/G0000_YPXmPhWYxM/I0000KG_mQQywMJ0/C00005plBUJIuM28
About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 308,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.
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