William A. Keyes IV ’75, ’18 (PhD)
2019 Beech Outstanding Alumni Award for Overall Achievement
Bill was elected to the UNC Board of Trustees in 2015 and was elected secretary of the board in 2017. He has also served as chair of the External Relations Committee , vice chair of the University Affairs Committee plus created a working group that focuses on improving success rates for African-American male students.
Prior to the Board of Trustees, Bill served on the Board of Visitors, the Graduate Education Advancement Board, the Board of Advisors of the School of Journalism and the Board of Directors of the Journalism Foundation. He created a summer internship program in Washington, DC for journalism students and helped to create UNC’s Leadership Institute. He was tapped for the Order of the Golden Fleece and the Frank Porter Graham Honor Society. In 2014, the DC Black Alumni Carolina Club named Keyes its first Local Legend.
For his extensive work in education, he was presented the Mac Stewart Distinguished Award for Service by The Ohio State University, the Asa Hilliard Model of Excellence Award from the College Board and the Warrior Award at the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education. In May 2018, Bill received his PhD in communications from The University of North Carolina.
Awards citation will be posted after the awards gala.