UNC announces 2006-07 recipients of endowed distinguished professorships

February 13, 2007
In the past year, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill named 35 faculty members – three from the School of Public Health – to endowed professorships. These designations, created through gifts to the university, recognize excellence in teaching and research.

A key goal of the university’s Carolina First Campaign is to create 200 new endowed professorships. Including the most recent designations, the university has created 193 endowed professorships thus far in the campaign, which began July 1, 1999, and will end Dec. 31, 2007.

With an overall goal of $2 billion, Carolina First is a comprehensive, multi-year private fundraising campaign to support Carolina’s vision of becoming the nation’s leading public university.

Gifts for endowed professorships are invested, and a portion of the investment income supplements the professor’s salary. Endowed funds provide a permanent source of income because the principal is not spent.

Overall, the university has 532 professorships in place or being funded. Gifts to establish professorships may be supplemented with matching funds from the state’s Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund, established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1985.

Following are the distinguished professorship designees for the School of Public Health, approved by the Board of Trustees from February 2006 through January 2007.

  • Joseph Ibrahim, professor, department of biostatistics, as Alumni distinguished professor.
  • Barry Popkin, professor, department of nutrition, as Carla Smith Chamblee distinguished professor of global nutrition.
  • June Stevens, professor and chairwoman, department of nutrition, as American Institute for Cancer Research distinguished professor.
Photograph of Dr. Joseph Ibrahim

Photograph of Dr. Joseph Ibrahim
Photograph of Dr. Barry Popkin

Photograph of Dr. Barry Popkin
Photograph of Dr. June Stevens

Photograph of Dr. June Stevens

 

 
 

News Services contact: Lisa Katz, (919) 962-2093, lisa_katz@unc.edu.

School of Public Health contact: Ramona DuBose, (919) 966-7467, ramona_dubose@unc.edu.