Alumnus Adam Gerdts selected as associate dean of advancement

August 18, 2014 By unc kenan-flagler

Adam Gerdts (BA ’00, EMBA ’14) has been selected as associate dean of advancement for UNC Kenan-Flagler following a competitive national search. “Adam is thrilled to take on this new role and provide the leadership, skills and results that we need to achieve our goals for the School,” said Douglas A. Shackelford, dean. “He did a tremendous job in the interim role and collaborated seamlessly to increase our engagement with alumni and friends,” Shackelford said. “After working closely with him for the last few months and traveling together to see many key donors, I am confident that Adam is the right person to lead our advancement team to raise the funds that will provide a strong financial foundation for the Read More

Reunion Weekend 2015

August 13, 2014 By unc kenan-flagler

Mark your calendars now for UNC Kenan-Flagler Reunion Weekend – April 24 – 26, 2015 – to “Come Back and Give Back.”   We are finalizing a great weekend of activities and programming to let you reminisce and reconnect with your classmates and the business school. This family-friendly weekend will offer you the chance to visit your favorite campus at the most beautiful time of the year!  In addition to your classmates, current and former faculty and staff, and current students will also join us to celebrate your milestones.  We’ll have special activities, educational sessions and TED talks, social events, networking opportunities and more. We welcome our returning classes from: 1955 – 1960 – 1965 –1970 – 1975 – 1980 – Read More

Dean’s Speaker Series for 2014-15

August 13, 2014 By unc kenan-flagler

UNC Kenan-Flagler is pleased to welcome Chuck Swoboda for the first Dean’s Speaker Series event of the academic year on Monday September 15. Charles M. “Chuck” Swoboda is president, chairman and chief executive officer of Cree, Inc., where he and Cree are leading the LED lighting revolution to obsolete the incandescent light bulb through the use of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly LED lighting.  Cree is an innovator of LED lighting as well as semiconductor solutions for wireless and power applications. Chuck joined Cree in 1993, and during this time the company has grown from just over $6 million in annual revenue to nearly $1.4 billion.  Cree has created nearly 1,000 jobs in North Carolina over the last 10 years and has Read More

Mark Griffin: Up for the challenge

August 13, 2014 By unc kenan-flagler

Thanks to the generosity of Mark Griffin (BSBA ’77), UNC Kenan-Flagler offered leadership training to more students this year by enabling them to participate in the School’s Magnetic Leadership Simulation, a day-long exercise that creates the pressures of a real-world management setting in the safety of a classroom. “Magnetic Leadership is a business simulation that provides an opportunity for students to practice skills and competencies important to effective leadership,” says Mindy Storrie (EMBA ’97), director of leadership development.  “It helps students gain a deeper understanding of their natural leadership style, strengths and areas for improvement.  Participants have the chance to co-lead a team in a simulated safe environment that mimics the real-life decisions leaders face on a daily basis.” “I Read More

Social Media Day 2014: Get LinkedIn to UNC Kenan-Flagler!

June 30, 2014 By kfblogsadmin2

Alums, are you LinkedIn? Our UNC Kenan-Flagler LinkedIn University Page launched in Fall ’13 and provides alumni and students with an easy way to stay in touch. When you add UNC Kenan-Flagler to your profile, you’ll automatically receive the latest school news, events and stories in your LinkedIn news feed. Follow these easy steps to get LinkedIn to UNC Kenan-Flagler: Navigate to your LinkedIn profile and click “edit” Scroll to the “education” section In the “school” box, type “UNC Kenan-Flagler” and click the drop-down menu to select Add your dates of enrollment, degree and any other info you’d like to include on your profile, then click “save” It’s that easy! And if you haven’t already done so, be sure to join our LinkedIn group, where students Read More

Graduating students continue strong support

June 5, 2014 By unc kenan-flagler

As the 2013-14 fiscal year winds down, we’d like to thank all of our students, alumni and friends who have made a gift to UNC Kenan-Flagler since July 1, 2013. If you have not given this fiscal year or would like to give again, please consider making a secure credit card gift online at Our fiscal year ends on June 30, 2014, and we are truly grateful for each and every gift to the business school. Your contribution is a vote of confidence in the educational opportunities we provide to nearly 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students every year. We are especially grateful to our most recent graduates who stepped up and made a gift to their program’s 2014 Class Read More

Statesman of business: Richard H. Jenrette

June 5, 2014 By unc kenan-flagler

The Charleston Library Society recently honored Carolina alumnus and UNC Kenan-Flagler benefactor Richard H. Jenrette (ABJO ‘51) as the first recipient of its newly established Founders Award, which recognizes leadership and philanthropy. Jenrette has been devoted to restoring and furnishing a series of significant historic American homes, including the iconic Roper House in Charleston, since the 1960s. Read more about this honor on the Charleston Library Society website.   Jenrette received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1951. As an undergraduate he was editor of The Daily Tar Heel and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Golden Fleece. In 1959 he was a founding partner of Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, an investment Read More

The Woltz family: Tar Heel bred

May 8, 2014 By unc kenan-flagler

Little did H. O. Woltz III (BSBA ’78) know when he received his undergraduate business degree from UNC that one day he and his future wife would have four daughters who would follow in his footsteps at UNC Kenan-Flagler. Originally from Mount Airy, NC, Woltz met his wife, Agnes Parker Woltz (BA English ’78, MAT ’80) at UNC when both were students. After graduating, Woltz took a job with Exposaic Industries, a company that produced precast concrete components and steel wire reinforcing. Agnes moved to Winston-Salem where she taught in the Gifted and Talented program until they married in 1981 and relocated to Fredericksburg, Va., where Exposaic was constructing a new manufacturing facility. Exposaic eventually changed its focus and name Read More

Reunion Weekend 2014

May 7, 2014 By unc kenan-flagler

Reunion Weekend 2014, held April 25-27, was a tremendous success. More than 380 alumni and their families and friends joined faculty, staff, current students and prospective MBA students for a wonderful weekend with great Chapel Hill spring weather. Be sure to check out our Alumni Weekend photo collection on Flickr.                             On Friday, we kicked off with golf at Chapel Hill Country Club.  At noon, our Alumni/Student Networking Luncheon helped facilitate many valuable connections, based on specific career areas.  Special seminars highlighted the early afternoon – “Economic and Financial Markets Outlook,” led by Professor Greg Brown in the Kenan-Flagler Capital Markets Lab, and “Reducing Income Tax and Eliminating Estate Read More

MBA@UNC graduates: All class

May 7, 2014 By unc kenan-flagler

The morning sky was Carolina blue, the Bell Tower chimed and the redbuds blossomed. “It’s a great day to be a Tar Heel and a great day to join the ranks of UNC Kenan-Flagler alumni,” said Dean Doug Shackelford at the third MBA@UNC graduation ceremony and Beta Gamma Sigma induction on April 5. More than 50 students of the 60 graduates from two cohorts attended – along with over 300 friends and family joining them from as far away as California, Massachusetts and India. Shackelford, who served as the first associate dean of MBA@UNC, is always asked about the program during his travels as the new dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler. “Universally the response is great pride that our business school Read More