|General Alumni Association awards distinguished service medals to four honorees|
|Monday, May 14, 2012|
The General Alumni Association of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill honored an administrator who oversees financial aid and three alumni on Saturday (May 12) for outstanding service to the University and to the association.
The medals were awarded at the association’s annual alumni luncheon during its spring reunion weekend. The association has awarded the medals since 1978 to Carolina alumni and others.
Ort of Chapel Hill leads the University’s Office of Scholarships and Student Aid. She helped lead the University’s efforts to establish the Carolina Covenant, a national model for providing a debt-free education to qualified low-income students. More than 90 universities nationwide have followed Carolina’s lead since 2003. Covenant Scholars are students whose family income is at or lower than 200 percent of the federal poverty rate.
Ort has received a number of University awards, including the C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award, the Eleanor S. Morris Distinguished Service Award and the Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Leadership Award, and has been inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece campus honor society.
Ellison, of Greensboro, is president and chief executive officer of the Ellison Company Inc., a holding company involved in property management and manufacturing in the United States and overseas. He received a bachelor’s degree in history in 1969 and a master of business administration in 1972 from UNC. He has served on the Board of Visitors (1983-1991), including as chair; the Board of Trustees (2003-2011); the UNC Investment Board; and the chancellor search committee in 2008. He also has served on the alumni association’s board of directors (2000-2003).
As a trustee, Ellison served as co-chair with then-Student Body President J.J. Raynor of “Carolina – the Best Place to Teach, Learn and Discover,” which produced a report focusing on how to improve the quality of education at Carolina. In 2009, he received the Dean’s Award from the Graduate School for his strong advocacy of graduate education.
Harrison, of Greenwich, Conn., former chair and CEO of JPMorgan Chase and Co., received a degree in economics from UNC in 1966 before embarking on his career in investment banking. He has served on UNC’s Board of Visitors (1987-1991), the Endowment Fund board and the Kenan-Flagler Business School advisory board. He served on the alumni association board as an international representative (1981-84) and as second vice president (1985-1986).
Harrison chaired UNC’s Global Leadership Circle that developed a strategic vision for the University’s international presence. He is the advisory board chair for the Global Research Institute and pledged $1 million to help start the institute and support other international efforts. He and his wife, Anne Stephens Harrison, also a UNC graduate, have funded several scholarships at UNC. He previously received the University’s Davie Award and Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Jones, of Chula Vista, Calif., received a political science degree in 1979 and a law degree in 1982 from UNC. He served in the Navy Judge Advocate General Corps and is an assistant U.S. attorney in San Diego. He received the alumni association’s Distinguished Young Alumnus Award in 1998 and served on its board from 2003 to 2010, including as chair.
In 2006, Jones received the association’s Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award for support of its Black Alumni Reunion and community leadership. Among his endeavors, he established the Neighborhood Law School in San Diego to educate poor people about their rights and responsibilities. As president of the National Bar Association, he led a delegation to the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.