GAA Honors Three With Distinguished Service Medals

The GAA honored a former business school dean and two alumni Saturday for outstanding service to the University and to the association.

Recipients of the 2011 Distinguished Service Medals are John P. “Jack” Evans, former dean of the Kenan-Flagler Business School; Erskine B. Bowles ’67, who recently retired as president of the UNC System; and Sallie Shuping-Russell ’77, a member of the UNC Board of Trustees.

The medals were awarded at the association’s Annual Alumni Luncheon during its Spring Reunion Weekend. The association has awarded the medals since 1978 to Carolina alumni and others.

Before retiring in December, Evans, of Chapel Hill, was a professor of operations, technology and innovation management at the business school, where he also had served as dean. He joined the UNC faculty in 1970 and over the years held a number of senior administration roles for the University, including being executive director of Carolina North and coordinating the planning of the new research campus. He previously had been a faculty representative to the NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference for UNC.

Bowles, of Charlotte, served as president of the UNC System from January 2006 until last December. He had a career as an investment banker before being tapped in 1993 by President Bill Clinton to be director of the Small Business Administration. He then became deputy White House chief of staff in the Clinton administration in 1994 and chief of staff from 1996 to 1998. Most recently Bowles was co-chair of President Barack Obama’s bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, charged with identifying policies to cut the federal debt.

Shuping-Russell, of Chapel Hill, who is managing director of the BlackRock investment firm, has served on the Board of Trustees since 2007. She also has served on the University’s Board of Visitors, the board of advisers of the Gillings School of Global Public Health and the board of directors of the UNC Health Care System. She is a trustee of the Endowment Fund, a director of the UNC Foundation and a director of the Foundation Investment Fund Inc. Shuping-Russell, who received degrees in English and political science from UNC, established the Margaret R. Shuping Distinguished Professorship in creative writing in 2008 to honor her mother.

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