The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced a $10 million gift from alumni Bill ('66) and Anne ('78) Harrison in support of its efforts to infuse a global dimension across its teaching, research, and service activities and to deepen and broaden its global reach.
The gift will endow two new senior-level leadership positions — chief global officer and vice provost for global affairs — and support the strategic priorities of UNC Global, which incorporates many of the centralized programs and services that underpin the university's global mission. Developed by UNC's Global Leadership Taskforce between 2016 and 2018, that mission includes a vision for three proposed programs: the Global Guarantee, which will enable students, regardless of their financial background, to have a global learning experience; the Carolina Global Seed Fund, which will enable students, faculty, and staff to supercharge collaborations that influence and shape the university's global aspirations; and the Global Impact Accelerator, which is designed to accelerate the implementation of solutions and programming developed at UNC in communities in North Carolina and around the world.
Bill Harrison served as chair and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and more recently chaired the leadership team that developed the university's first comprehensive global road map. In 2009, the Harrisons gave $1 million to create the university's Global Research Institute, which works to generate knowledge needed to solve real-world problems such as the growing pressure on fresh water supplies and the impact of globalization on North Carolina's economy.
"Anne and I have been fortunate in life and we wanted to give back to an institution that has been so important to us," said Bill Harrison. "Furthermore, having worked in a large, global organization for my entire career, I am a strong believer that a great university needs to have outstanding global capabilities and a mission to prepare its students to compete in the global world we all live in."
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