Extraordinary Service

The UNC Bell Tower in the fall.

The highest honor given by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees is the William Richardson Davie Award.

This award was established in 1984 and named for a man considered to be the father of Carolina — a Revolutionary War hero who introduced and won passage of a 1789 bill in the General Assembly to Charter the University of North Carolina. The William Richardson Davie Award recognizes extraordinary service to the University or society, and being a recipient is a profound honor.

On November 12, Board of Trustees chair Richard Stevens announced the 2020 recipients: Philip Clay of Boston, Massachusetts; Joan Huntley of Chapel Hill, North Carolina (posthumous awardee); David Pardue of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; and Steve and Debbie Vetter of Greensboro, North Carolina.

Each of these recipients has given tremendously to the Carolina community in various ways. 

Read the complete Carolina Story to learn more about this year’s recipients …

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