University Day is an occasion to remember the University’s past and celebrate its future. The date, October 12, marks the laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the institution’s first building and the oldest state university building in the nation. The Carolina community first celebrated University Day in 1877, after Governor Zebulon B. Vance, as chair of the Board of Trustees, ordered that the day “be observed with appropriate ceremonies under the direction of the faculty.”
Subsequent celebrations have featured speeches from distinguished members of the faculty and honored visitors. President John F. Kennedy spoke in 1961, as did Bill Clinton in 1993. North Carolina governors have made University Day a traditional stop during their first term of office – including Luther Hodges, Jim Hunt, Terry Sanford, Jim Martin, Mike Easley, Bev Perdue, and Pat McCrory.
Since 1971, the faculty has presented the Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards on University Day to recognize those Tar Heels who have made outstanding contributions to humanity.
Beginning in 1957 with William B. Aycock, University Day became the traditional inauguration day for new chancellors: Paul F. Sharp in 1964, J. Carlyle Sitterson in 1965, N. Ferebee Taylor in 1972, Christopher C. Fordham III in 1980, Paul Hardin in 1988, Michael Hooker in 1995, James Moeser in 2000, Holden Thorp in 2008, and Carol Folt in 2013.
Public higher education began in Chapel Hill in 1793, and for more than two hundred years Carolina has symbolized the importance of education in a democratic nation. It remains a place defined by those values, as noted by Governor Terry Sanford in 1987, of “freedom and liberty and tolerance, the search for truth, the defense of dignity, courage to arrive freely at convictions, and the personal courage to stand for those hopes and truths.”
As faculty and staff process into Memorial Hall, each school will be identified with a gonfalon style banner, and faculty and staff will process together behind their respective banner. The procession will be organized by the date of the establishment of the school. Staff not associated with a particular school should process with the Administration and Staff banner. It is our goal that each banner will be proudly displayed with a prominent following. The processional line up begins at 10:30 a.m. near the Old Well. Look for your banner! In case of rain, faculty and staff should gather in Anne Queen Lounge.
Faculty who are participating are encouraged to wear their academic regalia, but it is not required. Faculty who would like to rent regalia for the University Day processional should contact Sarah Hockaday at email@example.com at Student Stores by September 23rd.
University Day Address
Stephen Farmer has directed the recruitment, selection, and enrollment of the undergraduate student body since September 2004. During this period, the University has experienced 11 consecutive increases in applications and established new records for diversity and academic excellence in its entering classes. The number of new Pell-eligible students has increased by 69 percent; of first-generation-college students, by 29 percent; and of global students, by 179 percent. The share of the class comprised of students of color has increased from 24 to 34 percent, with enrollments of Asian or Asian-American students nearly doubling and enrollments of Latino or Latina students more than doubling. The average SAT score has increased by 32 points, and the four-year graduation rate has risen from 76 to 84 percent.
Farmer has founded two nationally recognized programs that foster opportunity and success for tradi-tionally underserved students. Now in its 11th year, the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program has helped more than 625 community-college students transfer to Carolina and graduate at an overall rate of 85 percent. The Carolina College Advising Corps, now in its 10th year, places recent UNC-Chapel Hill graduates as admissions and financial-aid advisers in underserved high schools across North Carolina, with the aim of helping students finds their way to colleges where they will thrive. This year 51 advisers are serving 71 high schools and 62,000 students statewide. The two programs have together received more than $12 million in grants and gifts.
In his current role as Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions, which he has held since 2011, Farmer coordinates the efforts of three offices: Undergraduate Admissions, Scholarships and Student Aid, and the University Registrar. With colleagues among the faculty and in student-support offices across campus, and under the leadership of Chancellor Carol Folt and Provost James Dean, two years ago he helped launch Thrive@Carolina, a University-wide initiative to strengthen suc-cess for all students, which has since been endorsed by Faculty Council and by every college and school of the University.
A recipient of the C. Knox Massey Award for Distinguished Service in 2010, Farmer is a national authority on admissions and enrollment and is regularly interviewed by media such as The New York Times and The Washington Post. A graduate of the University of Virginia and Duke University, where he received the A.B. Duke Scholarship, Farmer is a native of rural Rustburg, Virginia. The proud son of a factory worker and a bookkeeper, he is with his older sister, now a judge in Iowa, the first generation in his family to attend college. Farmer is married to the Reverend Susan Steinberg; they are the parents of Henry Farmer, a soldier in the North Carolina National Guard and a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Anna Farmer, a senior at Chapel Hill High School.
Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Awards
UNC-CHAPEL HILL DEGREE: B.A. MATHEMATICS 1971
Karen Bruton is the founder of Just Hope International, a public charity that has taken a non-traditional path to create sustainable economies in worldwide locations where traditional efforts have not been successful. In 1986 Bruton became the first female vice president of Duke Power/Mill-Power Supply Company, but left there in 1987 to become vice president and corporate controller of Franklin Industries in Nashville, Tennessee. Over the next few years, she became active in the Nashville Performing Arts Center, Kiwanis and the Brentwood Rotary Club. In 2007 Bruton left the corporate world to dedicate her life to making an impact that lasts, using a lifetime of acquired management skills. She focuses on impoverished areas in the world where the cycle of poverty has been especially cruel. Her approach is to provide a "hand up, not a hand out" by supporting sustainable projects, usually farming or service focused, that provide local villagers with jobs, knowledge, a chance for a sustained economy, improved self-esteem, and increased family values. For example, she acquired 100 acres near Bauya, Sierra Leone, where she placed a professional director on site, identified the best solutions and guidance for local needs, and eventually established a successful pineapple plantation that created over 50 jobs. Her organization has supported projects in Panama, Honduras, Ghana, Togo, Nicaragua, Malawi, South Africa, Peru, and Thailand. Most recently, Just Hope added a Survival Skills program, primarily for young girls who have been physically, sexually and mentally abused. These survival skill programs will provide the girls a real chance at lasting independence and stability in their lives. Bruton's honors include the 2014 Rotarian of the Year Award from her Rotary club and a Distinguished Alumni Award from Wake Forest University for humanitarian service.
UNC-CHAPEL HILL DEGREE: B.A.MATHEMATICS 1958
Florence Fearrington has been described as one of Wall Street’s most successful woman money managers. Her interest in business began as a child when her parents gave her a few shares of R.J. Reynolds and Carolina Power. In 1979 she founded her own money management firm, Florence Fearrington, Inc., where she was CEO and portfolio manager. Fearrington accomplished this in a culture that displayed a pervasive bias against open and equal career paths for women on Wall Street. In 1997 Fearrington sold her firm to U.S. Trust, which allowed her time to pursue her passion for collecting rare books across several very specialized topics. One such passion is rare, beautiful, and old books about seashells. Her collection in this area is thought to be one of the finest and most extensive in the world.
As a member of the Grolier Club, a private society of bibliophiles based in New York, Fearrington organized an exhibition of her Wunderkammer catalogs called “Rooms of Wonder: From Wunderkammer to Museum, 1599-1899,” in early 2013. Those acquainted with her collection, and the meticulous approach she takes to organizing and presenting information, were not surprised by the outstanding attention and reviews the exhibition attracted. After it closed in New York Ms. Fearrington loaned the exhibition for display in UNC’sWilson Library, complemented by materials from our own rare book collection, from February to April of 2014.
ROSALIND FUSE-HALL, J.D.
UNC-CHAPEL HILL DEGREE: B.S. ADMIN. CRIMINAL JUSTICE
A Georgia native, Rosalind Fuse-Hall was the 17th president of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. She grew up on the campus of Fayetteville State University where her father was on the faculty. Following her undergraduate education at Carolina, Fuse-Hall earned her Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers School of Law and studied at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. She served as a staff attorney for the New York Regional Office of the Securities & Exchange Commission. Her first position in higher education was at St. Lawrence University, where she was assistant director for minority affairs. She served as chief of staff to the president of Florida A&M University. Additionally at FAMU, Fuse-Hall managed special programs to enhance institutional strengths and student outcomes, a $10million operation. She has also served as executive assistant to the chancellor at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and corporate secretary to the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina. At NCCU, she was instrumental in establishing the Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise Center for Excellence and developed a public-private partnership that built a residence hall. In 2004, Fuse-Hall traveled to Southeast Asia on an Eisenhower Fellowship. She is a member of Links, Inc., an international not-for-profit corporation with a membership of 12,000 professional women of color devoted to voluntary public service.
DR. SANFORD “SANDY” SHUGART
UNC-CHAPEL HILL DEGREE: B.S. SCI. TEACHING 1978,
M.A.T. 1983, PH.D. 1990
Sanford “Sandy” Shugart is president of Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, one of the nation’s largest community colleges. He began his career as chair of the science department of Cobb County Schools (Georgia), moved on to become at age 25 vice president and chief academic officer of the North Carolina Community College System (1983-91), was named president of North Harris Community College in Houston (1991-99) and has led Valencia since 1999. Under Sanford’s leadership, Valencia has become a national model for creating a culture of educational innovation. At Sanford’s instigation, the college discovered that students’ successful outcomes could be predicted by their success in their first five courses. So the college reworked its processes to include earlier advising and orientation, earlier application and admission deadlines, and predictable numbers of sections available. After a decade of these initiatives, graduation rates for college-ready and developmental students at Valencia doubled, gaps between students from different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds diminished, and the college was poised to achieve completion rates more typical of selective state universities. Valencia now has not only a significantly higher graduation rate than its peers; it boasts the nation’s highest job placement rate at 95 percent and the most productive transfer program in the country. For its innovative approach to education and its outstanding performance as a result, Valencia received in 2011 the first Aspen Award for Community College Excellence from among 1,000 applicants. Sanford is also a thoughtful speaker and writer on the vocation of leadership and on the inner life, character, and dilemmas of an effective leader. His book, Leadership in the Crucible of Work: Discovering the Interior Life of an Authentic Leader, addresses such issues as creating a collaborative and shared decision process while still retaining the power and responsibility of decisiveness when necessary; dealing with the inevitability of failure; and using failures as opportunities for forgiveness and transformative learning rather for blame and further damage to the individual and the institution.
PAULA BROWN STAFFORD
UNC-CHAPEL HILL DEGREE: B.S. PUBLIC HEALTH 1986, M.P.H. 1992
Paula Brown Stafford is the former president of clinical development at Quintiles, the world’s largest provider of biopharmaceutical development and commercial outsourcing services, a Fortune 500 company and one of Fortune magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies.” Over her 30-year career with Quintiles, Stafford was directly involved in the successful development and regulatory approval of hundreds of life-changing drug therapies for patients both in North Carolina and throughout the entire world.
Joining Quintiles in 1985, Stafford was just the 23rd employee at the fledgling company which today, boasts more than 36,000 employees conducting business in 100 countries. As president of clinical development, her part of Quintiles’ business generated nearly three-quarters of the company’s $4.3 billion in net revenue for 2015.
Stafford is a recognized leader in the field of biopharmaceutical development and was invited to provide expert testimony before a Congressional hearing on the topic of modernizing clinical trials in 2014. During that hearing, she provided recommendations and possible approaches in three key areas of drug development—patients, pathways and processes—to accelerate the delivery of therapies to patients. A statement from her testimony summarizes the focus of her work: “Modernizing clinical trials is critical if we are to meet the goals we share of delivering medicines faster, at less cost, to patients who need them.”
Stafford’s impact in the ever-changing field of healthcare and pharmaceutical development became personal upon the completion of her first beginning-to-end clinical trial, in which she oversaw the development of a diabetes drug that has allowed her own grandmother to live well into her nineties by managing this chronic disease which affects roughly 30 million adults in the United States alone. While most would consider Stafford’s 30-years at Quintiles a rich and fulfilling professional journey, she has barely slowed down since her retirement at the end of 2015. Based on her three decades of leading a global organization, Stafford provides leadership consulting services to a wide variety of organizations seeking growth and success for their customers, their investors and their employees. Additionally, she works with her alma mater serving as an adjunct professor at UNC’s Gillings School of Public Health and is the immediate past president of the Public Health Foundation Board of Directors. Stafford also serves on the Board of Directors for Health Decisions, a Durham-based, full-service Contract Research Organization. She and her husband Greg have two children, 21-year old Cas and 17- year old Jack.
Edward Kidder Graham Award
The Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award recognizes distinguished service to the state, the nation and the University by a faculty member. This year’s co-recipients are Mimi Chapman and Eugenia Eng.
MIMI V. CHAPMAN
PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL WORK
A professor in UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work, Professor Chapman builds bridges between real people’s needs and UNC Chapel Hill’s resources by giving voice to marginalized populations. Her Latino immigration and well-being work has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The National Institutes of Health, the William T. Grant and Robert Wood Johnson foundations. She was in the first class of UNC Chapel Hill’s Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars, is a UNC Women’s Center Faculty Scholar, and is one of the first non-medical recipients of NCTracs funding. Her work with non-University partners includes teachers, health and mental health care providers, and community members.
Chapman has long-standing collaborations with the Chatham County Schools and El Futuro, a mental health agency for Spanish-speaking families. Her pioneering work with visually-based intervention methods to combat bias toward Latino families brings faculty from across the university and community partners together in her project Envisioning Health. Extending her interests globally, she works with colleagues in China using Photovoice to understand families’ urban-to-rural migration experiences.
National and local media have spotlighted Dr. Chapman’s innovative visual teaching and intervention methods. She maintains a strong presence in clinical practice: teaching direct practice classes, supervising MSW students providing therapy in the Evergreen Community Clinic, and participating in interdisciplinary health affairs training. She served as the chair for the Grievance and Faculty Hearings committees, is serving her second Faculty Executive Committee term, and is on the Ackland Art Museum’s faculty advisory board.
PROFESSOR OF HEALTH BEHAVIOR
Eugenia Eng is a professor in the Department of Health Behavior at UNC-Gillings and a trailblazer in community-engaged scholarship. Eng refined the innovative lay health advisor (LHA) intervention model, an approach that builds on the social support function of social networks that exist naturally within communities. The LHA is an “assets-based” approach to community-based research that encourages partnerships among professionally trained health educators, academics and lay community residents. She first tested the LHA with African American churches in North Carolina. Through the process of her research and practice with the LHA model, Eng has left in place dozens of active, robust lay health advisor networks in communities throughout North Carolina.
Eng also pioneered Action-Oriented Community Diagnosis, a unique and effective tool for community assessment, planning and mobilization. She has worked with dozens of North Carolina communities to conduct community diagnoses and trained hundreds of students over several decades. The impact of this body of work can be seen in stronger North Carolina communities.
Eng is recognized nationally as an innovator in the area of community-based participatory research (CBPR), a practice that meets the highest ethical standard for research done in communities. Through CBPR, she has fostered collaborative and participatory partnerships among academia, community-based organizations, and health practitioners across North Carolina and nations of Africa and Southeast Asia.
Eng is the winner of numerous UNC and national awards. She received the Robert Allen Symbol of HOPE Award from the American Journal of Health Promotion in 1999; the Thomas A. Bruce Award of Honor from the American Public Health Association’s Community-Based Public Health Caucus in 2008; and the Distinguished Fellow Award from the Society for Public Health Educators in 2010. From UNC, she received the Greenberg Award for Excellence in Research, Teaching and Service in 2001, the UNC Provost’s Award for Engaged Scholarship in 2006 and the Gillings Teaching Innovations Award in 2016.
In 2014 she was inducted as an inaugural member of the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship.