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Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Award Recipients

Short Biographical Summaries

2010 Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Awards

James Larry Jameson III

Dr. Larry Jameson, dean of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, of Chicago, is one of the nation’s foremost specialists in internal medicine and endocrinology. He is an editor of Harrison’s Textbook of Internal Medicine and of Jameson and Degroot’s Endocrinology, leading textbooks in those specialties, as well as the author of more than 300 scientific articles and chapters. His research has contributed to understanding the genetic causes of hormonal disorders. He has received awards from the Endocrine Society and American Thyroid Association and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Jameson holds three Carolina degrees – a 1976 bachelor of chemistry (with honors), a 1981 medical degree (with distinction) and a 1981 Ph.D. in biochemistry.  In addition to his scientific accomplishments, Jameson’s skills as an academic administrator have been instrumental in the advancement and national reputations of the divisions, departments and schools he has headed. Jameson has trained more than 50 postdoctoral research fellow and 10 graduate students, many of whom hold important positions at academic medical centers around the country.

Harry Louis Jones Sr.

Since 2000, Harry Jones of Charlotte has been county manager of Mecklenburg County, home of the state’s largest metropolitan area. He administers an annual budget of nearly $1.4 billion and oversees services delivered by 4,800 employees to 900,000 residents. His balanced scorecard plan translates the county board’s policy vision into measureable goals and objectives. In 2006, Jones was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a non-partisan organization chartered by Congress to assist federal, state and local governments in improving their effectiveness, efficiency and accountability. Jones’ entire career has been devoted to public service. Before joining Mecklenburg County in 1991 as assistant manager, he held positions in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Raleigh and Dallas, Texas. As a Carolina undergraduate, Jones was a student leader who was inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece, Order of the Grail and Society of Janus. He holds two Carolina degrees:  a 1972 bachelor’s in political science and a 1980 master’s of public administration. Jones is a former member of the University’s Board of Visitors and the 2009 recipient of the Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award, given annually at the Black Alumni Reunion.

Harry Corpening Martin

One of the most distinguished and long-serving jurists in North Carolina, Harry Martin of Asheville has had a career in law excelled in distinction by few. After earning a bachelor of arts degree in political science at Carolina in1942, Martin fought in World War II in the South Pacific with the U.S. Army Air Corps. After his military service, he earned a law degree from Harvard University. He practiced law in Asheville for 11 years, and then was appointed a Superior Court Judge in 1962. Martin was appointed to the N.C. Court of Appeals in 1978 and in 1982 as a N.C. Supreme Court justice He then was elected to the Supreme Court three times, serving until 1992. After retiring from the bench, Martin was chief circuit mediator for the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals until 1999. He also has been a visiting professor in the University’s School of Law. In 2000, he was appointed chief justice of the Cherokee Supreme Court in western North Carolina. He continues as a part-time justice for that court. Martin has received several awards from the North Carolina and American bar associations, as well as the Harvard Law School. Other honors include North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

Alane Salierno Mason

Alane Mason, a vice president and senior editor at W.W. Norton & Co. of New York City, is founder and president of Words Without Borders. The organization translates into English, publishes and promotes the work of writers from around the world. Her motivation was the realization that most of the world’s great contemporary literature is inaccessible to readers whose only language is English. She cites a 1999 study by the National Endowment for the Arts showing that while half of all books published in English are translated into other languages, only 3 percent of the world’s literature is translated into English. Since 2003, Words has supported translation and publication of more than 1,100 pieces from more than 110 countries. Words also is developing an education program to broaden secondary and college students’ perspectives. Mason graduated in 1986 from Carolina with a bachelor of arts degree with honors in creative writing and highest honors  in English. Before joining Norton, she worked at Harcourt & Brace Co., where she acquired and edited David Guterson’s international best-seller “Snow Falling on Cedars” and Carolina classmate Randall Kenan’s “Let the Dead Bury Their Dead and Other Stories.”

Charles Milton Shaffer Jr.

Charlie Shaffer is vice president for institutional advancement at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta. He was a trial lawyer with King & Spalding in Atlanta for more than 35 years and president of the Atlanta Bar Association. He earned two Carolina degrees – a bachelor of arts in history in 1964 and a law degree in 1967. As an undergraduate, Shaffer held a Morehead Scholarship and was on Coach Dean Smith’s first Carolina basketball team. As a senior, he was co-captain of the basketball and varsity tennis teams. Shaffer was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Golden Fleece. His longstanding personal support for Carolina has included co-chairing the Carolina First Campaign, which raised $2.38 billion and was the most successful fundraising effort in University history. He received the William R. Davie Award, the highest honor from the UNC Board of Trustees, and the General Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Medal. He was a member of the Atlanta Nine, which presented the city’s successful bid to host the 1996 Summer Olympics to the International Olympic Committee. That meant Shaffer had the chance to carry the Olympic flame at a location he chose – the Old Well.


2009 Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Awards

Janie McLawhorn Fouke
M.S. 1980, Ph.D. 1982

Dr. Janie Fouke is one of the nation’s foremost experts in the field of biomedical engineering. After completing her undergraduate education at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina, she earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical mathematics and engineering at Carolina in 1980 and 1982, respectively. From 1981 to 1999, Dr. Fouke rose through the faculty ranks at Case Western Reserve University with teaching and research interests in medical instrument design and development. Her work has been critical to the understanding of the etiology of airway diseases such as asthma and the pulmonary effects of environmental pollutants. Subsequently, she has served as dean of the College of Engineering at Michigan State University and provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Florida. Dr. Fouke has played a major leadership role in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. She was the inaugural division director of the division of bioengineering and environmental systems of the National Science Foundation. She currently serves on advisory boards for several universities, the Engineering Directorate at NSF and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of NIH, and is senior advisor for international affairs to the president of the University of Florida. Dr. Fouke is a prolific scholar. Her book Engineering Tomorrow (2000) received the Dexter Prize, given annually by the Society for the History of Technology as the single best book published during the preceding three years. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Biomedical Engineering Society. Just recently (2008), Dr. Fouke endowed a professorship in Carolina’s Department of Biomedical Engineering in honor of her graduate mentor, Professor Emerita Carol Lucas.

Dr. Fouke was nominated by Prof. Troy Nagle, Prof. Susan Blanchard (Florida Gulf Coast Univ.), Prof. Emerita Carol Lucas, and Provost Priscilla Nelson (New Jersey Institute of Technology)

Santiago Gangotena
Ph.D. 1977

Dr. Santiago Gangotena received his Ph.D. in Physics from Carolina in 1977 under the supervision of Prof. Emeritus Horst Kessemeier. In 1987, Dr. Gangotena founded the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), the first private university in Ecuador. In a very short time USFQ became the best university in that country. It now enrolls 5,000 students, of whom 3,300 are undergraduates. Although USFQ receives no funding from the government of Ecuador, its 230 full-time and 450 part-time faculty comprise one-half of all the holders of a Ph.D. degree in that nation. The USFQ library is the largest in the country, and the current president, Rafael Correa, taught economic theory there. USFQ is dedicated to improving education in Ecuador through the principles of liberal arts education. In 1995 Dr. Gangotena founded a private K-12 school affiliated with USFQ, Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito, described as “a renaissance school that draws on the best of the international and American school models, while teaching students to understand, respect, and celebrate the diversity of Ecuadorian culture.” It is a Spanish/English bilingual school and enrolls over 1,300 students. USFQ enrolls approximately 1,000 foreign students each year. This is among the largest exchange programs in Latin America. Recently, Provost Gray-Little and Vice Chancellor Waldrop visited USFQ to discuss joint research endeavors in the Galapagos Island. Carolina is investing substantial effort in this partnership which has the potential to help preserve one of the world’s most treasured living laboratories, to improve the lives of the people who live there, and to elevate both Carolina’s and USFQ’s reputation in international research.

Dr. Gangotena was nominated by Prof. Laurie McNeil, Provost Bernadette Gray-Little, Vice Chancellor Tony Waldrop, Prof. Stephen Walsh, Prof. Emeritus Horst Kessemeier, and Prof. Emeritus Victor Briscoe

Mariel Margaret (Mia) Hamm
A.B. 1994

Mia Hamm is one of the most famous women athletes in the world, an iconic symbol of women’s sports, and an inspiration and role model to a generation of sports-minded women. Hamm led Carolina to four NCAA championships in women’s soccer. Carolina lost only one game of the 95 in which she played. Hamm was an All-American and ACC Player of the Year for her last three years, and won the ACC Female Athlete of the Year in 1993 and 1994. Playing as a forward for the United States women’s national soccer team, Hamm scored 158 international goals in her career, more than any other player, male or female, in the history of the sport. Hamm retired in 2004 after 17 years of playing soccer with two World Championships and two Olympic gold medals to her credit. In 2007, she was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, receiving 137 votes of the 141 ballots cast. Hamm is the author of Go For the Goal: A Champion’s Guide to Winning in Soccer and Life (1999) and has appeared in the HBO documentary Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team. In 1999, Hamm began the Hamm Foundation, dedicated to bone marrow research and to help women’s sports programs grow and prosper. In 2001, Hamm established a fund in the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to help the families of patients during the difficult time following organ transplants. Hamm helped lead Team USA to a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics and was chosen by her fellow U.S. Olympians to carry the American flag at the Athens Closing Ceremonies.

Mia Hamm was nominated by Douglas Dibbert on behalf of the General Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Walter Edward Hussman Jr.
A.B. Jour. 1968

Walter Hussman is a third-generation newspaper publisher and head of WEHCO Media, Inc., of Little Rock, Arkansas, a company that operates nine daily newspapers, 11 weekly newspapers, and 11 cable television companies in five states. Hussman has served as a member of the board of directors of the Associated Press and as chair of the Southern Newspaper Association (SNPA). Under his leadership, SNPA has educated more than 7,200 persons through its Traveling Campus program. Hussman has been honored with the Frank W. Mayborn Leadership Award in recognition of his contributions to SNPA and to journalism. His skillful management of the Arkansas Democrat when locked in a circulation war with the Arkansas Gazette has been called a classic example of how to attract readers by increasing news coverage. Hussman has worked to improve public education in Little Rock, has supported creation of three state-funded charter schools, and has generously supported the Arkansans for Education Reform Foundation. Hussman received his undergraduate degree in Journalism at Carolina in 1968. He has endowed two distinguished professorships and one term professorship in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, one professorship in the School of Education, and contributed generously to the renovation of Carroll Hall in preparation for its occupation by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. A Knight Foundation newsletter issued in 2004 called Hussman “a newsman defying conventional thinking by turning out qualify journalism that leads to healthy profitability.” Recently, he urged fellow newspaper publishers to reconsider making their news available for free on the Internet. Instead, he advocates newspaper websites that complement, rather than cannibalize, the print edition.

Walter Hussman was nominated by Dean Jean Folkerts.

William Frederick Little
M.A. 1952; Ph.D. 1954

A native of Hickory, North Carolina, Bill Little received his B.S. degree from Lenoir-Rhyne College before entering Carolina in 1951 as a graduate student selection in the first class of Morehead Scholars. After post-doctoral study in London with Sir Christopher Ingold and a year on the faculty of Reed College in Oregon, he returned to Chapel Hill in 1956 for the remainder of his remarkable career. Dr. Little was chosen chair of the Chemistry Department at the tender age of 35 and laid the foundation for excellence in teaching and research in a classic collegial environment that is the envy of many an academic department across the nation. His deft management of the large number of hires that took place in the 1960s, when the Chemistry faculty nearly doubled, is largely responsible for the department’s current standing in the top tier of that discipline in the United States. Dr. Little was a driving force behind the creation and later development of the Research Triangle Park. He also played a seminal role in founding the College of Arts and Sciences Foundation in 1975 — he is listed on the foundation’s incorporation papers as its initial registered agent. His tenure as vice chancellor for development and public service (1973-78) set the course of development in the College for decades. It comes as a surprise to many that the establishment of the Foundation for the College was a new idea in 1975; today that development technique is commonplace in public institutions. Dr. Little served as chair of the Central Selection Committee of the Morehead Foundation for over a decade (1978-89), served as president of the Triangle Universities Center for Advanced Studied, and chaired the Executive Committee of the Research Triangle Institute for 14 years (1968-2003). Other behind-the-scenes work by Dr. Little encouraged national organizations like the National Endowment for the Humanities and Sigma Xi to locate their headquarters in North Carolina. After a brief stint as interim provost in the important hinge period between Dennis O’Connor and Richard McCormick, Dr. Little served for five years as President C. D. Spangler’s Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs until his retirement in 1996.

Dr. Little was nominated by Prof. Joseph L. Templeton and Dr. Lowry Caudill.



2008 Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Awards

William Joseph Bynum, Jr.
A.B., 1982

Bill Bynum, Class of 1982, is chief executive officer of ECD/HOPE (Enterprise Corporation of the Delta and Hope Community Credit Union). As chair of the Black Student Movement in his undergraduate years, Bynum worked to foster increased sensitivity to the needs of minority students, greater collaboration among student organizations, and improvements in recruitment and retention of Black students and faculty. After graduating, Bynum helped establish the Durham-based Self Help Credit Union, one of the nation’s preeminent community development financial institutions. He went on to serve as director of programs at the North Carolina Rural Center where he designed and managed programs addressing development needs in rural and economically-distressed communities. In 1994 Bynum was recruited to Jackson, Mississippi, to start the Enterprise Corporation of the Delta , an effort to spur economic development in the delta regions of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Today, ECD is among the nation’s most respected community development financial institutions. In 1995, Bynum founded Hope Community Credit Union. In 2002, ECD assumed management of HOPE. After Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast in August, 2005, ECD/HOPE stepped in to extend services to people, businesses, and nonprofits affected by the storm and has become a model for success in undertakings that have been marked more often by failure. Bynum has advised President Clinton and President Bush on community development matters, chairs the Community Development Advisory Board, and serves on the boards of the Regions Bank Community Development corporation, the Foundation for the Mid-South, the Mississippi Children’s Museum, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, and the Mississippi Access to Justice Commission. He is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and the recipient of several awards for community development work and entrepreneurship.

William Joseph Bynum, Jr., was nominated by Professor Hodding Carter III

Leah McCall Devlin
B.S., 1976; D.D.S., 1979; M.P.H., 1984

Leah Devlin earned her undergraduate degree at Carolina in 1976 and continued on here to receive a doctorate in dentistry and a master’s degree in public health. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and the honor society of the School of Public Health. Devlin began her professional career at the Wake County Department of Health, where she served as director for ten years. She joined the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in 1966 and became State Health Director in 2001. She is the first woman to have held that position. Devlin has served the Triangle community as a board member for Healthy Wake 2000, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, the Central Region board of Wachovia Bank, and the Community Advisory Board for WUNC Radio. She is also a member of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, the Women’s Forum of North Carolina, and the UNC School of Public Health Foundation Board. Devlin’s honors include the 1994 Health Director of the Year presented by the North Carolina Association  of County Commissioners, Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award, the North Carolina Public Health Association’s Rankin Award, and the Poe Center for Health Education’s President’s Award. Devlin has been an outstanding advocate of public health and has been especially generous in offering her time and expertise to Carolina’s School of Public Health.

Dr. Leah Devlin was nominated by Dean Barbara K. Rimer

Molly Wilmer Barker
A.B., 1982; M.S.W., 1989

Molly Barker is the founder of Girls on the Run International, a non-profit prevention program that teaches self-respect and healthy lifestyles to preteen girls. Over the last decade this program has grown to include over 100 councils serving 40,000 girls across the United States and Canada. Girls on the Run is a 12-week 24-lesson character building program ending with a non-competitive 5K race. The goals of the curriculum are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development. Barker designed the program as an outlet for young girls to address “Girl Box Issues,” which are restrictions placed on women that make them follow a particular path in order to be recognized and valued. The success of the program prompted Barker to write Girls on Track: A Parent’s Guide to Inspiring Our Daughters to Achieve a Lifetime of Self-Esteem and Respect. The book has been a best-seller, and was named a Best Parenting and Families book by Barker was awarded the 2004 Charlotte Woman of the Year, the Enterprising Woman Magazine’s Advocacy Award, Pfeiffer University’s Servant Leadership Award, the School of Social Work’s 2002 Distinguished Alumni Award, and Parent Magazine’s Parent of the Month. She has been profiled in People magazine and the Carolina Alumni Review, and has appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s Hi Gorgeous! tour. Barker’s recent activities at Carolina include membership on the School of Social Work Board of Advisers and the 2006 key-note speaker at the Carolina Women’s Center Annual Meeting.

Molly Barker was nominated by Kristen Huffman, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and the Annual Fund of the UNC School of Social Work.

Walter Lowry Caudill
B.S. Chem. 1979

Dr. Lowry Caudill is the retired, worldwide president of pharmaceutical development for Cardinal Health where he led a unit providing complete development services for the pharmaceutical industry at nine sites, including RTP, San Diego, Somerset New Jersey, Philadelphia, Manchester UK and Schorndorf Germany. Caudill and Dr. Alfred Childers co-founded Magellan Laboratories in 1991, a company later acquired by Cardinal Health. Magellan became one of the fastest growing, privately held companies in RTP and received many regional and national awards for growth and entrepreneurial development. Magellan was awarded the Triangle Business Journal’s Fast 50 award for nine years and was in the Top 10 for six of the nine years. In 1998 Caudill and Childers were named Entrepreneur of the Year for North and South Carolina by Ernst and Young, the Kauffman Foundation, USA Today, and NASDAQ and were finalists for the 1998 National Entrepreneur of the Year. Caudill did his undergraduate work at Carolina with undergraduate research under the direction of Professor Royce Murray. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1983 under the direction of Professor Mark Wightman, now a member of the Carolina faculty. Upon graduation he became a research scientist at Baxter-Travenol and later joined the Glaxo Research Institute. Product lines that his groups helped develop include Zantac, Imitrex, Zofran, Zinacef, and Ventolin. Caudill is a steering committee member of the Carolina First Campaign and is chair of the Private Fundraising Steering Committee for the UNC-CH Physical Science Complex. He serves on the Chemistry Department’s External Advisory Board and on the Board of Advisors of the Educational Foundation. He remains an active member of the American Chemical Society and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

W. Lowry Caudill was nominated by Professors Royce W. Murray and R. Mark Wightman

Debra Wehrle Stewart
Ph.D., 1975

Debra Stewart is the fifth president of the Council of Graduate Schools. She came to that position in 2000 after serving as vice chancellor and dean of the graduate school at North Carolina State University. She has also served as interim chancellor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (1997). The Council of Graduate Schools is the leading organization dedicated to the improvement and advancement of graduate education. Its 453 members award over 95% of all U.S. doctorates and about 70% of all U.S. master’s degrees. Its 21 international members include ten major Canadian universities. Stewart’s service to graduate education includes chairing the Graduate Record Examination Board, the Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education, the Board of Directors of Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools. Stewart’s current board memberships include the National Research Council Board on Higher Education and the Work Force and the advisory board of the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate. During her twelve years of leadership positions in North Carolina Stewart worked to mobilize stakeholders inside and outside the university to advance university programs. She spearheaded a strategic plan for graduate education at N.C. State that created a framework for interdisciplinary curriculum, significantly enhanced financial support for graduate assistants, and solved a long-term program with tuition remissions. Stewart received her Ph.D. in political science from Carolina, her M.A. from the University of Maryland, and her A.B. from Marquette University where she majored in philosophy. She is the author or coauthor of numerous scholarly articles on administrative theory and public policy. Her disciplinary research focuses on ethics and managerial decision-making.

Debra Stewart was nominated by Dean Lynda Dykstra