Recognizing Dedicated Donors

March 21, 2012 By unc kenan-flagler

In February, UNC Kenan-Flagler hosted two donor recognition events to thank members of the school’s 1919 Society and Dudley Carroll Society. These are the first events of their kind held at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

These giving societies – along with the Dean’s Circle – were created to recognize the generosity of our donors and promote the importance of philanthropy for the school.

1919 Society Dinner

1919 Society members gather for dinner in the Kenan Center Dining Room.

Seventy-five attendees gathered at the Kenan Center on February 17  in celebration of the 1919 Society, which recognizes donors who have achieved cumulative lifetime giving of $100,000 or more (including matching and irrevocable planned gifts) to UNC Kenan-Flagler.

The 1919 Society is named for the year that the University established the Department of Commerce, one of the oldest accredited business schools in the nation. The Department of Commerce was renamed Kenan-Flagler Business School in 1991 to honor Mary Lily Kenan Flagler and her husband, Henry Morrison Flagler. 

Dudley Carroll Society Reception

On February 27, more than 30 guests attended a reception in honor of the Dudley Carroll Society, which recognizes alumni and friends who document planned gifts to UNC Kenan-Flagler. The society is named for the business school’s first dean, Dudley DeWitt Carroll, who served from 1919 to 1950.   

Family members of Dean Dudley DeWitt Carroll, the business school's first dean, pose with his portrait.

At the reception, Dean James W. Dean unveiled the school’s portrait of Dean Carroll. Several members of Dean Carroll’s family also attended the event, including his grandson Dudley DeWitt Carroll III and wife Sandy, granddaughter Jane Carroll, granddaughter Cathy Zimmer and husband Kevin, and great-grandson Stephen Carroll and friend Kelley O’Leary. 

For more information about Kenan-Flagler’s donor recognition societies, please contact Becky Naples, director of donor relations, at 919.962.3111 or