2022 Davie Awards
The UNC-CH trustees honored four graduates with prestigious William Richardson Davie Awards, which recognize extraordinary service to the University or society.
The 2022 recipients are:
• Valerie Sheares Ashby of Baltimore,’88, ’94 (Ph.D.), an esteemed teacher, researcher, and university administrator.
• W. Lowry Caudill of Durham, ’79, a revered leader in science, business, and philanthropy.
• William “Bill” A. Keyes IV of Washington, D.C., ’75, ’18 (Ph.D.), who has long combined his passion for education and public service to inspire others.
• Richard A. Vinroot of Charlotte, ’63, ’66 (LLB), a widely respected attorney and politician noted for his public service.
Carolina’s research funding keeps rising
Thanks to strong leadership, UNC-CH once again ranks 10th for federal funding and 13th overall in national research rankings for public and private universities.
During fiscal year 2020-2021, Carolina increased its annual research expenditures to $1.2 billion across all fields, with federal awards accounting for $748 million. This represents an increase of $46 million over fiscal year 2020.
“We are thrilled to retain our ranking as one of the top research institutions in the nation,” said Interim Vice Chancellor for Research Penny Gordon-Larsen. “And while much of our research is funded through federal sources, it is sustained with investment by the General Assembly, in addition to federal sponsors that allows our research to thrive, making a difference not only in the lives of North Carolinians, but also in our state’s economy.”
Research at Carolina employs over 11,000 North Carolinians in projects that touch all 100 of our state’s counties. Expenditures on research activity represent new revenue for North Carolina’s gross state product, and spending on research supports more than 3,000 businesses across the state.
Research awards and expenditures are the most common measurements of research activity for universities — both of which exceed $1.2 billion at Carolina. The University’s year-to-year growth in research awards typically forecasts an even greater volume of research expenditures in the coming years.
At today’s UNC-CH, the future is ever brighter.
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- — For the 18th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranked UNC Chapel Hill as the best value among America’s public universities, the nation’s fifth-best public university, and its 29th-best university overall.
- — The University’s football team moved into the top 25 national rankings.
- — The University’s men’s basketball team was ranked No. 1 in national preseason polls, while senior big man Armando Bacot was selected to multiple preseason All-America teams and tabbed as the preseason ACC Player of the Year.
- — The University’s women’s basketball team was ranked #12 in preseason polls.
- — The University fields the nation’s No. 1 field hockey team and No. 2 women’s soccer team.