Carolina's Rhodes Scholars

To date, 49 students or alumni from Carolina have been chosen to attend Oxford University as Rhodes Scholars. Sarah M. Bufkin ’13 was chosen in 2014; Rachel M. Myrick ’13 was selected in November 2012; Laurence Deschamps-Laporte ’11 and Steven Paul Shorkey Jr. ’11, announced in November 2010, became the 46th and 47th Rhodes Scholars from UNC.

The program began in 1904. Carolina ranks first among all major U.S. public research universities for producing the most Rhodes Scholars since 1987.

The information below is from the GAA’s Alumni Records Department, which welcomes updates about these individuals via email.

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






  • Ryan Krieger Balot ’90 Rhodes ’90 Assistant professor of classics at Washington University in St. Louis
  • * Peter Blair Henry ’91 Rhodes ’91 Assistant professor of economics, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Palo Alto, Calif.
  • * William David Ball ’92 Rhodes ’92 Novelist, San Francisco
  • * Ganesh Muthian Gunasekaran ’93 Rhodes ’93 Political consultant; Studio City, Calif.
  • * Dacia Merle Sampson Toll ’94 Rhodes ’94 Director and founder, Amistad Academy; New Haven, Conn.
  • * Leslie Carolyn Kendrick ’98 Rhodes ’98 Conducting doctoral research at Oxford on Renaissance English literature
  • Jonathan Israel Tepper ’98 Rhodes ’98 London, England



  • * Robert Allen Long Jr. ’80 Rhodes ’80 Partner, Covington & Burling, adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University
  • * Caleb Kimball King ’81 Rhodes ’82 Physician/medical missionary in Rwanda
  • * Lawrence Thomas Ellis Jr. ’83 Rhodes ’83 President, Lawrence Ellis and Associates; Oakland, Calif.
  • * Robyn Shernita Hadley ’85 Rhodes ’85 Executive director, “What’s After High School” Program, Alamance-Burlington Schools, and chair-elect of the GAA Board of Directors (2012-13); Graham
  • * Bryan Christopher Hassel ’88 Rhodes ’88 President, Public Impact; Chapel Hill



  • * Thomas Michael Bello ’71 Rhodes ’71 Adult English as a second language teacher; McLean, Va.
  • C. Ford Runge ’74 Rhodes ’74 Professor of applied economics and law at the University of Minnesota, director of the Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy
  • Harold Brent McKnight ’74 Rhodes ’74 U.S. District judge, Western District of North Carolina; McKnight, who died in November 2004, was to have become chief district judge in January 2005; Charlotte.
  • * James Hayes Shofner Cooper ’75 Rhodes ’75 U.S. Congressman, 5th District, Nashville, Tenn.
  • * Hubertus Jan van der Vaart ’77 Rhodes ’77 President/CEO, Small Enterprise Assistance Funds; Washington, D.C.
  • * Karen Leslie Stevenson ’79 Rhodes ’79 First African-American woman to receive Rhodes Scholarship
    Attorney, Hennigan, Bennett & Dorman; Los Angeles



  • Norton Fortune Tennille Jr. ’62 Rhodes ’62 Executive director, Southern Africa Environmental Project; Rosebank, South Africa
  • Robert W. Spearman ’65 Rhodes ’65 Partner, attorney, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein; Raleigh



  • Paul Ross Likins ’55 Rhodes ’55 Southport, Conn.
  • Edwin Milton Yoder Jr. ’56 Rhodes ’56 Professor of journalism/humanities emeritus, Washington & Lee University; associate editor, Greensboro News and Washington Star; columnist, The Washington Post Writers Group.
  • Richard Henry Baker ’56 Rhodes ’56 Rector, Church of the Guardian Angel, Baltimore; headmaster, St. James School, Maryland; assistant rector and chaplain to undergraduates, St. Pauls, Charlottesville, Va.



  • Nelson Ferebee Taylor ’42 Rhodes ’49 Professor emeritus in UNC’s School of Law and chancellor of UNC (1972-80); Chapel Hill
  • Donald Graham Henderson ’48 Rhodes ’48 Alexandria, Va.



  • Robert Warren Barnett ’34 Rhodes ’34 Author and former deputy secretary of state under presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon; president of the Asia Society, Washington, D.C.
  • Ernest Craige ’39 Rhodes ’39 Retired professor of medicine at UNC; Chapel Hill



  • Corydon Perry Spruill ’20 Rhodes ’20 Professor emeritus in UNC’s department of economics and former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Chapel Hill. Also a classmate and fraternity brother of Thomas Wolfe ’20.
  • Thomas James Wilson III ’21 Rhodes ’21 Head of the UNC Press and later head of the Harvard University Press.
  • William J. Cocke Jr. ’25 Rhodes ’26 Classmate of Thomas Wolfe ’20; lawyer in practice, Asheville; cameo appearance in Wolfe’s Of Time and The River as the Pulpit Hill Rhodes scholar in Oxford when Eugene Gant visits.
  • 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; Greensboro.


  • William Monroe Gaddy (class of 1909) Rhodes 1910
  • Edgar Willis Turlington (class of 1911) Rhodes 1911



  • Oscar Rand Jr. (class of 1908) Rhodes 1908 Former colonel, U.S. Army; Washington, D.C.
  • J. Horner Winston (class of 1904) Rhodes 1904