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Feb. 2, 2006 -- No. 51


Former TBS president of worldwide distribution
is UNC Kenan-Flaglerís new executive in residence

UNCís Kenan-Flagler Business School has named William H. Grumbles Jr. as executive in residence.

Grumbles is the former president of worldwide distribution for Turner Broadcasting System Inc. (TBS). In that role, he directed sales, marketing and distribution of news and entertainment networks nationwide and in Canada and was a member of the TBS executive committee and finance committee.

As executive in residence, Grumbles is an executive adviser to the Kenan-Flagler Leadership Initiative, an integrated, experience-based program that assesses and develops MBAsí leadership skills. He also is mentoring MBA students.

Grumbles retired from TBS in December 2000. He joined the company in 1989 and went on to become president and chairman of Turner International Inc. (TI), a division he created. He helped build a global satellite network for distributing CNN worldwide and created sales headquarters in London, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires and offices in Paris, Tokyo, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City.

Grumbles worked at Home Box Office (HBO) from 1978-89, as vice president and general manager of its central region and vice president of affiliate operations in its New York office.


Fraser receives national
excellence in research award

Dr. Mark Fraser, John A. Tate distinguished professor in UNCís School of Social Work, has received the 2006 Excellence in Research Award from the Society for Social Work Research.

The award was presented at the organizationís annual conference in San Antonio in January.

Fraser received the award for his article titled "Conduct Problems and Peer Rejection in Childhood: A Randomized Trial of the Making Choices and Strong Families Programs." The Society for Social Work Research recognized the significance of the research issue, the rigor of the analysis and the researchís contribution to knowledge in social work and social welfare.

Social work faculty members Steve Day and Drs. Maeda Galinsky, Vanessa Hodges and Paul Smokowsi contributed to the article.

Fraser also is associate dean for research at the School of Social Work. He specializes in at-risk children and families, childhood antisocial and aggressive behavior and prevention of conduct problems in children and adolescents.

The Society for Social Work Research, founded in 1994, is dedicated to the advancement and support of social work research. Its members represent more than 200 universities from 45 states and 16 countries.

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