Carolina's Rhodes Scholars


To date, 49 students or alumni from Carolina have been chosen to attend Oxford University as Rhodes Scholars. The program began in 1904. In the 30 years between 1987 and 2017, Carolina — with 17 — ranked first among all major U.S. public research universities for producing the most Rhodes Scholars. The University of Virginia was second, with 14.

The information below is from the GAA’s Alumni Records Department as of January 2018. The Records Department welcomes updates about these individuals via email.

* denotes Morehead Scholars and, as of 2007, Morehead-Cain Scholars


  • * Steven Paul Shorkey Jr. ’11 (Rhodes ’10); native of Charlotte; works as a consultant with Boston Consulting Group Inc.; lives in Durham.
  • * Laurence Deschamps-Laporte ’11 (Rhodes ’10); native of Repentigny, Quebec, Canada; lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • * Rachel M. Myrick ’13 (Rhodes ’12); lives in San Francisco.
  • Sarah M. Bufkin ’13 (Rhodes ’14); examination fellow, All Souls College; lives in Oxford, England.



  • * Karine Dube ’03 (’16 DrPH) (Rhodes ’03); research assistant professor in UNC’s School of Public Health’s Public Health Leadership Program; lives in Chapel Hill.
  • * Elizabeth Kistin Keller ’04 (Rhodes ’04); works as a program leader in science and technology for Sandia National Laboratories; lives in Albuquerque, N.M.
  • * Kate Harris ’05 (Rhodes ’05); works in environmental policy reporting and analysis with the International Institute for Sustainable Development; lives in Atlin, British Columbia.
  • * Rachel Mazyck Pfeifer ’02 (Rhodes ’05); works as executive director of college and career readiness for Baltimore City Public Schools; lives in Columbia, Md.
  • * Adrian Johnston ’06 (Rhodes ’06); counsel, Department of Justice Canada; lives in Toronto.
  • * Ben Lundin ’07 (Rhodes ’06); CEO of Pacify; lives in Washington, D.C.
  • * Aisha Ihab Saad ’09 (Rhodes ’08); lives in Durham.
  • * Elisabeth “Lisette” Yorke ’09 (Rhodes ’08); postgraduate pediatrician with The Hospital for Sick Children; lives in Toronto.
  • * Henry Lawlor Spelman ’10 (Rhodes ’09); works as a stipendiary lecturer, Balliol College, Cambridge.
  • * Elizabeth Blair “Libby” Longino Cohen ’10 (Rhodes ’09); director of advocacy and outreach with Raise Your Hand Texas, based in Austin, Texas.



  • Ryan Krieger Balot ’90 (Rhodes ’90); professor, University of Toronto.
  • * Peter Blair Henry ’91 (Rhodes ’91); business professor and former dean, New York University; lives in New York.
  • * William David Ball ’92 (Rhodes ’92); associate law professor, Santa Clara University; lives in Palo Alto, Calif.
  • * Ganesh Muthian Gunasekaran ’93 (Rhodes ’93); political consultant; lives in Studio City, Calif.
  • * Dacia Merle Sampson Toll ’94 (Rhodes ’94); director and founder, Amistad Academy; lives in New Haven, Conn.
  • * Leslie Carolyn Kendrick ’98 (Rhodes ’98); professor of law, University of Virginia; lives in Charlottesville, Va.
  • Jonathan Israel Tepper ’98 (Rhodes ’98); chief editor, Variant Perception; lives in London.



  • * Robert Allen Long Jr. ’80 (Rhodes ’80); partner, Covington & Burling, and adjunct law professor; lives in Alexandria, Va.
  • * Caleb Kimball King ’81 (Rhodes ’82); physician/medical missionary in Rwanda; lives in the Ruhengeri Musanze District of Rwanda.
  • * Lawrence Thomas Ellis Jr. ’83 (Rhodes ’83); founder and president, Paths to Change Consulting; lives in Oakland, Calif.
  • * Robyn Shernita Hadley ’85 (Rhodes ’85); executive director of the John B. Ervin Scholars Program, Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and past chair of the GAA Board of Directors (2013-14); lives in St. Louis.
  • * Bryan Christopher Hassel ’88 (Rhodes ’88); co-director, Public Impact; lives in Chapel Hill.



  • * Thomas Michael Bello ’71 (Rhodes ’71); taught adult English as a second language teacher; lived in McLean, Va.; died in March 2016.
  • C. Ford Runge ’74 (Rhodes ’74); chaired professor of applied economics and law, University of Minnesota; lives in Stillwater, Minn.
  • Harold Brent McKnight ’74 (Rhodes ’74); was a U.S. District judge, Western District of North Carolina; lived in Charlotte; McKnight died in November 2004 and was to have become chief district judge in January 2005.
  • * James Hayes Shofner Cooper ’75 (Rhodes ’75); U.S. Congressman; lives in Nashville, Tenn.
  • * Hubertus Jan van der Vaart ’77 (Rhodes ’77); president/CEO, Small Enterprise Assistance Funds; lives in Falls Church, Va.
  • * Karen Leslie Stevenson ’79 (Rhodes ’79); works as a U.S. magistrate judge, U.S. District Court; lives in Los Angeles; was the first African-American woman to receive Rhodes Scholarship.



  • Norton Fortune Tennille Jr. ’62 (Rhodes ’62); former executive director, Southern Africa Environmental Project; lives in Rosebank, South Africa.
  • Robert W. Spearman ’65 (Rhodes ’65); was a partner and attorney with Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein; lived in Raleigh; died in December 2017.



  • Paul Ross Likins ’55 (Rhodes ’55); lives in Southport, Conn.
  • Edwin Milton Yoder Jr. ’56 (Rhodes ’56); former columnist, The Washington Post Writers Group; lives in Chapel Hill.
  • Richard Henry Baker ’56 (Rhodes ’56); former rector, Church of the Guardian Angel, Baltimore; lived in Eagles Mere, Pa.; died in January 1999.



  • Nelson Ferebee Taylor ’42 (Rhodes ’49); former professor in UNC’s School of Law and chancellor of UNC (1972-80); lived in Chapel Hill; died in February 2004.
  • Donald Graham Henderson ’48 (Rhodes ’48); lived in Alexandria, Va.; died in July 1983.



  • Robert Warren Barnett ’33 (Rhodes ’33); author and former deputy secretary of state under presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon; was president of the Asia Society; lived in Washington, D.C.; died in July 1997.
  • Ernest Craige ’39 (Rhodes ’39); retired UNC professor of medicine; lived in Chapel Hill; died in January 2008.



  • Corydon Perry Spruill ’20 (Rhodes ’20); professor emeritus in UNC’s department of economics and former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; lived in Chapel Hill; was a classmate and fraternity brother of Thomas Wolfe ’20; died in 1988.
  • Thomas James Wilson III ’21 (Rhodes ’21); head of the UNC Press and later head of the Harvard University Press; died in June 1969.
  • William J. Cocke Jr. ’25 (Rhodes ’26); classmate of Thomas Wolfe ’20; was a lawyer in private practice; lived in Asheville; had a cameo appearance in Wolfe’s Of Time and The River as the Pulpit Hill Rhodes scholar in Oxford when Eugene Gant visits; died in December 1973.
  • D. Edward Hudgins Sr. ’28 (Rhodes ’29); former GAA president and member of the GAA Board of Directors; counsel to Spencer Love of Burlington Industries; general counsel, Jefferson-Pilot Insurance; chairman of the Greensboro School Board at the time of Brown v. Board of Education who courageously pledged compliance with the decision; lived in Greensboro; died in May 1991.


  • William Monroe Gaddy, class of 1909 (Rhodes 1910); died in April 1967.
  • Edgar Willis Turlington, class of 1911 (Rhodes 1911); died in September 1959.



  • Oscar Rand Jr., class of 1908 (Rhodes 1908); former colonel, U.S. Army; lived in Washington, D.C.; died in September 1981.
  • J. Horner Winston, class of 1904 (Rhodes 1904); lived in Evanston, Ill.; died in April 1968.

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