UNC-Chapel Hill alumni association honors three for outstanding service

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UNC-Chapel Hill alumni association honors three for outstanding service


(Chapel Hill, N.C.— May 16, 2017) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill General Alumni Association (GAA) honored Carolina undergraduate admissions director and two alumni who have drawn on their business experience to support the University and the association.


Recipients of the 2017 Distinguished Service Medals are Stephen Farmer, vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admissions; Michael Kennedy, senior client partner with Korn Ferry International, an executive search and development firm; and Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and co-founder of the investment firm Ellevest.


The medals were presented on May 13 at the GAA’s Annual Alumni Luncheon during spring reunion weekend. Since 1978, the association has awarded the medals to alumni and others who have provided outstanding service to the GAA or the University.


Farmer, of Carrboro, came to UNC-Chapel Hill 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 underserved high schools to guide eligible students through the college admissions and financial aid process; and the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program, which creates a path for community college students to transfer to Carolina. He was also a key figure in launching Thrive@Carolina, which aims to boost graduation rates by coordinating student support services. In 2010, Farmer received the University’s C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award.


Kennedy, of Atlanta – who graduated from Carolina in 1979, 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 held leadership roles in some of the University’s major fundraising efforts, including the Bicentennial and the Carolina First campaigns, and will play a key role 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 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 Trustees.


Krawcheck, of New York, a Morehead Scholar who graduated from Carolina in 1987, held top posts at financial firms 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 the UNC Board of Visitors, the UNC Foundation Investment Board and the Global Leadership Council, and contributed to 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 its alumni forum. Krawcheck also addresses on-campus events such as the Carolina Women’s Leadership Conference 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.


The General Alumni Association is a self-governed, nonprofit association serving alumni and friends of Carolina since 1843.


GAA Distinguished Service Medal website: https://alumni.unc.edu/awards



Photo Links (photo credit: Ray Black III): https://unc.photoshelter.com/galleries/C00005vwcu89jLJ4/G0000alKcfXEDDoY/GAA-Distinguished-Service-Medals-2017


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, 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 318,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 157 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.


GAA contact: Doug Dibbert, GAA president, (919) 962-7050, doug_dibbert@unc.edu

Communications and Public Affairs contact: MC VanGraafeiland, (919) 962-7090, mc.vangraafeiland@unc.edu