The UNC Board of Trustees has presented its highest honor, the William Richardson Davie Award, to four alumni in recognition of their “dedication, commitment, loyalty and service.”
Those honored for 2016 are Barbara ’83 and Pitt Hyde ’65 of Memphis, Tenn.; Teresa Artis Neal ’83 of Cary and Robert W. Winston III ’84 of Raleigh.
Joseph R. “Pitt” Hyde founded retail auto parts giant AutoZone and co-founded GTx Inc., a biopharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes therapeutics for men’s health conditions. He currently leads Pittco Holdings, an investment portfolio of managed funds, real estate and private equity. Hyde graduated from Carolina with a degree in economics, and after establishing AutoZone, he became the youngest CEO on the New York Stock Exchange. He also served as director of FedEx Corp., co-founded Memphis Tomorrow, chairs The National Civil Rights Museum executive committee and serves on the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle.
Barbara Hyde, originally from Atlanta, came to Carolina as a Morehead Scholar, graduating with degrees in English and religion. While working in Carolina’s development office, she launched the first Parents Fund and established the Morehead Alumni Fund, which supported the Honors Program and endowed the first million-dollar professorship established under the state’s matching grant program. Hyde is co-chair of UNC’s Campaign Steering Committee, which is leading Carolina through a major fundraising campaign expected to launch publicly in fall 2017. She is also a past member of the Board of Trustees, co-founder and co-chair of the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council and a past executive director of the Arts and Sciences Foundation. She received the General Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Medal in 2010. In Memphis, she helped found the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis.
Neal, a media attorney for more than 25 years, is legal and strategic counsel to Cary-based Trans World Radio, an international distributor of inspirational and educational content. She also served in leadership capacities at Turner Broadcasting, Art.com and Capitol Broadcasting Co. A Pogue Scholar and North Carolina Fellow, Neal graduated from Carolina with honors in economics and earned a law degree and an MBA from Harvard University. She has served on UNC’s Board of Visitors, the GAA Board of Directors and the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council. She is also a past chair of the Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity and continues to encourage diverse alumni to support and raise money for the University.
Winston is CEO and owner of Winston Hospitality Inc., a hotel- and restaurant- management company. He also founded Winston Hotels Inc. and numerous startups in the hospitality industry and beyond. Winston graduated from Carolina with degrees in economics and political science. He is past chair of the UNC Board of Trustees and a member of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities Board of Advisors, the National Development Council and the Board of Visitors. Winston is also a director of the Research Triangle Foundation and Higher Education Works. He has served the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, the N.C. Economic Development Board, the Wake County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Raleigh Arts Commission.
Established by the trustees in 1984, the Davie Award is named for the Revolutionary War hero who is considered the father of UNC-Chapel Hill. It recognizes extraordinary service to the University or society.