Seven Receive UNC's Davie Award From Trustees

The UNC Board of Trustees has presented its highest honor, the William Richardson Davie Award, to seven individuals in recognition of their “dedication, commitment, loyalty and service.”

This year’s recipients are:

  • Russell M. “Rusty” Carter ’71 of Wilmington;
  • John G.B. Ellison Jr. ’69 (’72 MBA) of Greensboro;
  • Michael Kennedy ’79 of Atlanta;
  • Sallie Krawcheck ’87 of New York;
  • A. Donald “Don” Stallings ’60 and Billie Jones Stallings of Rocky Mount; and
  • Dr. Michael L. Zollicoffer ’85 (MD) of Baltimore.

The awards were presented at a dinner Wednesday at The Carolina Inn.

Established by the trustees in 1984, the Davie Award is named for the Revolutionary War hero who is considered the father of the University. It recognizes extraordinary service to the University or society.

Carter is the president of Atlantic Corp., one of the top privately held companies in North Carolina, and a generous donor to the University. Carter and his family created a distinguished professorship in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in honor of his father, Horace Carter ’43, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Carter’s other areas of support include cancer research and athletics. He has served on the Board of Trustees and Board of Visitors, and his honors include the Distinguished Service Medal from the General Alumni Association in 2008.

Ellison, chair of The Ellison Co., has served on the Board of Visitors and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities Advisory Board. In 2003, he began an eight-year tenure on the Board of Trustees. He has supported many areas on campus, including Kenan-Flagler Business School, Carolina Performing Arts and student aid. The GAA recognized him with a Distinguished Service Medal in 2012.

Kennedy is a senior partner at Korn Ferry International in Atlanta. In 2011, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, the largest pension fund in the country. At Carolina, Kennedy has been instrumental in recruiting alumni of color to volunteer and leadership roles to support the University. He has served on several boards, including at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and the Center for the Study of the American South. He chaired the Board of Visitors for two consecutive terms and is a strong supporter of the School of Education. The GAA recognized him with the Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award in 2009.

Krawcheck, a Morehead Scholar, is one of the most successful and influential leaders in financial services. Known for turning around and growing troubled wealth management businesses, eliminating Wall Street conflicts of interest and advocating a client-centered business model, Krawcheck recently became an entrepreneur by creating The Ellevate Network, which she chairs. A generous supporter of the Morehead-Cain Foundation, she has served on the UNC Foundation Investment Board and the Global Leadership Council. The GAA recognized her with a Distinguished Young Alumni Award in 2003.

Don and Billie Stallings have championed the University for more than half a century, serving in multiple volunteer roles. They have established a fund in the School of Medicine to support research in cardiovascular disease and have given generously to many areas of campus, including the Stallings-Evans Sports Medicine Center, the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Dentistry. Don Stallings was a member of the Board of Trustees and the Board of Visitors. He is chair and executive officer of Eagle Transport Corp., headquartered in Rocky Mount. Billie Stallings chairs the cardiovascular medicine advisory board and is a member of the Medical Foundation board.

A son of Dr. Lawrence Zollicoffer ’62 (MD), one of the first African-Americans to graduate from UNC School of Medicine, Michael Zollicoffer runs the practice started by his father in Baltimore’s inner city, making house calls to patients who are too sick to come to the clinic. He has served on and chaired the Board of Visitors and serves on the Alumni Reconnect Campaign for the Medical Foundation. He currently serves on the GAA’s Board of Directors, which honored him with the Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award in 2010.

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