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UNC Public Policy currently has seven gifts that are specific to the Department:The Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy
The Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy was established in 2001 by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in honor of the retirement of Thomas Willis Lambeth, who served as executive director of the foundation. The foundation’s gift of $667,000 was matched with $333,000 from the Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund to bring the endowment to $1 million.
A native of Clayton, N.C., Lambeth graduated from UNC in 1957. After stints in the Army, as a journalist with the Winston-Salem State Journal and as a member of N.C. Governor Terry Sanford’s staff, Lambeth worked as administrative assistant to Congressman Richardson Preyer from 1969-1978. He joined the Richardson Foundation of Greensboro in 1965. Thirteen years later, he became executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem, a position he held until his retirement in December 2000. During his tenure, the foundation awarded grants totaling more than $260 million to assist community economic development, the environment, pre-collegiate education, and minority and women’s issues, including nearly 400 grants exceeding $27 million to benefit campuses of the UNC system and affiliates such as UNC-TV and the UNC Press. Since his retirement, Lambeth has continued to serve the foundation as a senior fellow.
Trustees of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation noted Lambeth’s devotion and record of service to UNC, where he served as chair of the board of trustees, president of the alumni association and board member for numerous University and school committees. The professorship was chosen “as an appropriate way to honor him and express appreciation and respect for his leadership.”
Income paid from the Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy is used to establish an endowed chair to attract or retain a distinguished teacher and scholar in the area of public policy in the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Law, the Kenan-Flagler Business School, the School of Social Work or the School of Government.
Professor Daniel Gitterman holds the Thomas W. Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy, 2013 – 2018.
The Lambeth Lectureship was established in 2006 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by the generous gift of an anonymous donor. Presented annually, its purpose is to bring to campus distinguished speakers who are practitioners or scholars of public policy, particularly those whose work touches on the fields of education, ethics, democratic institutions, and civic engagement. The lectureship is administered by the Lambeth Lecture Committee, composed of faculty members, students, and distinguished individuals engaged in public policy, in collaboration with UNC Public Policy.
The Lecture honors Thomas Willis Lambeth, who led the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation as its executive director for more than two decades until his retirement in 2000. Born in Clayton, North Carolina, Lambeth graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in history, and served as administrative assistant to Governor Terry Sanford and to U.S. Representative Richardson Preyer before being named to lead the Foundation in 1978. Described by one journalist as “the state’s do-gooder-in-chief,” Lambeth throughout his career has exemplified the qualities of personal integrity, a passionate devotion to education, democracy, and civic engagement, and wholehearted pursuit of the ideals of the public good and of progressive and innovative ways of achieving it. During his tenure, the Reynolds Foundation awarded grants totaling more than $260 million to address many of North Carolina’s most pressing public policy issues, particularly social justice and equity, governance and civic engagement, community-building and economic development, education, and protection of the state’s natural environment. Tom Lambeth also has made a strong personal impact on many key public policy issues in North Carolina and nationally, including leadership of the Public School Forum of North Carolina, Leadership North Carolina, the North Carolina Rural Center, and a task force of the national Institute of Medicine on the problems of people who lack medical insurance. He also has been a national leader in improving the management and effectiveness of family philanthropic foundations themselves.
The Duncan MacRae ’09 and Rebecca Kyle MacRae Professorship of Public Policy Analysis was established in 1987 by their son, Duncan MacRae Jr., a former William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of political science and sociology, and his wife, Edith K. MacRae, a UNC-CH professor of cell biology and anatomy.
The MacRae Professorship was the first endowed chair in the Curriculum in Public Policy Analysis. The curriculum’s undergraduate major was established in 1978, and MacRae Jr. served as its founding chair.
Duncan MacRae Sr. was born in Fayetteville in 1891. His father, James Cameron MacRae, was later dean of the law school. Duncan MacRae graduated from UNC with a B.S. in 1909. He received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1917. He served as a chemist in the U.S. Army during World War I and later worked at Westinghouse Corp., and Guggenheim Brothers and served in the U.S. Army.
Duncan MacRae Jr. was born in Glen Ridge, N.J., in 1921. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in chemistry and physics in 1942. He received his M.A. in electronic physics in 1943 and his Ph.D. in social psychology in 1950, both from Harvard University. He served as a staff member at the MIT Radiation Laboratory and taught at Princeton University, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Chicago before joining UNC’s faculty in 1972.
MacRae Jr.’s major research interests were in the foundations of public policy analysis. He was the author or editor of nine books, including three on public policy analysis. In 1983, he received the Donald Campbell Award for innovative methods in public policy studies from the Policy Studies Organization.
He was a member of the American Political Science Association, the American Sociological Association, and the American Economic Association and was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He died in 2008.
Edith Krugelis MacRae was born in Waterbury, Conn., in 1919. She graduated from Bates College in Maine with a B.S. in biology and chemistry in 1940. She earned an M.S. in 1941 and a Ph.D. in 1946, both in zoology from Columbia University.
Edith MacRae taught at Vassar College and served as a post doctoral fellow at the Carlsberg Laboratory in Copenhagen, Denmark, and at Yale University before joining the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was the first woman member of the biology faculty. She also taught at the University of Illinois School of Medicine and received a Guggenheim Fellowship for research at the University of California at Berkeley before joining the UNC faculty in 1972.
Her research dealt with cell biochemistry, invertebrate structure, the human blood system, and functions of blood and connective tissue cells. She also received teaching awards at the University of Illinois and at UNC.
After she retired in 1989, she developed interests in geology, water coloring, poetry and jewelry making. Edith MacRae died in 1995.
Duncan and Edith MacRae were married in 1950; they had one daughter, Amy (B.S. ’81).
Douglas MacKay, Assistant Professor, is currently the MacRae Fellow.
The Duncan MacRae Jr. Public Policy Fund allows students who are Public Policy majors to have internships and research opportunities during the summer through the Duncan MacRae Jr. Public Policy Internship Grant, the Duncan MacRae Jr. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), and the Duncan MacRae Jr. Mentored Research Assistant Grant.
The Duncan MacRae Jr. Public Policy Internship Grant aims to support internship opportunities for public policy majors and to defer some of the costs associated with engaging in unpaid summer internships. This is a needs-based award.
The Duncan MacRae Jr. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) in Public Policy allows majors to carry out innovative policy-relevant research under the supervision of public policy faculty member at UNC-Chapel Hill. The Public Policy SURF aims to create an opportunity for majors to engage in independent research for at least 9 weeks with a minimum 20 hours/week during the summer.
The Duncan MacRae Jr. Mentored Research Assistant Grant aims to promote opportunities for undergraduates to engage in mentored research with full-time public policy faculty.
The Kathy Taft Education Policy Award was established in 2010 in honor of Kathy Taft, a
longtime member of the NC State School Board. The purpose of the Kathy Taft Award is to
recognize a rising senior majoring in public policy with an interest in and dedication to education
The Undergraduate Affairs Committee selects a candidate based on evidence of a dedication to education policy that has been sustained over a candidate’s college career and is expected to continue into the future. Factors to be considered when deciding the recipient of the Taft Award are:
Dedication. An interest in and dedication to education policy may be demonstrated by the
completion of course work on education; participation in student groups, community
groups, or other non-profit organizations with a primary goal of promoting high school
completion or higher education; or volunteer work aimed at mentoring students from
disadvantaged backgrounds. Nominees should also identify future plans to promote
education and improve education policy in the US or abroad.
Accomplishment. The record of a strong candidate should include evidence of
innovation, leadership, and advocacy in promoting educational attainment of youth and
the development of educational programs and resources. Recipients should also
demonstrate evidence of strong academic achievement with a GPA of approximately 3.0
in the public policy major.
Service. Strong candidates will also demonstrate service to students interested in
education policy at UNC-Chapel Hill by participation in the public policy majors union,
representation of student interests to the faculty, and engagement in recruiting and
mentoring new public policy majors.
The Nancy W. Stegman Fellowship in Public Policy was established in 2011 by Michael A. Stegman in honor of his late wife, Nancy W. Stegman. The Nancy W. Stegman Fellowship replaces the Public Policy Quasi-Endowment Fund, which Michael and Nancy Stegman established in 2002 in consideration for their love for the University. The fund supports top-up awards to use in the recruitment of outstanding graduate students in public policy.
The Philip and Jane Hammer Fund for the Enrichment of the PhD Curriculum in Public Policy was established in 1991 by Jane R. Hammer. The fund aides in the recruitment and support of exceptional graduate students in the PhD program in public policy.
Private gifts sustain and enhance extraordinary opportunities for students and faculty. UNC Public Policy receives tax-deductible donations through the Arts and Sciences Foundation at UNC Chapel Hill. Please click on the link below to make a gift online.
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For more information about creating scholarships, fellowships, and professorships in the Department, please contact Ishna Hall, Senior Associate Director of Development at the Arts and Sciences Foundation.
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