• Mark Katz named director beginning July 1, replacing John McGowan.
  • The IAH spearheads a campus-wide, interdisciplinary “conversation,” the World War I Centenary Project, during 2014-2015 to mark the war’s 100th anniversary.
  • The IAH helps UNC secure a share of a $1.35 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to form a six-campus Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes to advance the study of medical humanities.


  • The Institute launches a New Faculty Program for new and recently arrived Carolina faculty in the arts, humanities and social sciences under the direction of IAH Associate Director Todd Ochoa.
  • In partnership with the College, the IAH sponsors an Associate Faculty Program and hosts a series of conversations for newly tenured and promoted faculty.
  • Michele Berger assumes the role of associate director of the Faculty Fellows Program.


  • The Institute for the Arts and Humanities celebrates its 25th anniversary.
  • The IAH is instrumental in securing a $1.4 million digital humanities grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to support UNC’s ongoing work in the digital humanities through the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative and Digital Innovation Lab.
  • Maria LaMonaca Wisdom is named executive director of the Institute. Mary Flanagan, IAH Director of Development, retires after more than 17 years at the Institute. Laurie Maffly-Kipp succeeds Julia Wood as associate director of the Faculty Fellows Program.
  • The Institute collaborates with Carolina Performing Arts to produce The Rite of Spring at 100, a year-long series of courses, performances, visiting artists and scholars, and academic conferences to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.
  • Gerald J. Postema is awarded the 2012 George H. Johnson Prize.


  • The Faculty Learning community, a new program on strategic planning and leadership, is founded in partnership with the Center for Faculty Excellence.
  • The IAH announces the Nelson Schwab Chairs “Say Yes” Fund. Thanks to a generous gift from Nelson Schwab III, former chair of UNC’s Board of Trustees, the IAH will have a minimum of $50,000 every year to make available to chairs of departments in the arts, humanities and qualitative social sciences.
  • In partnership with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and with support from the Hyde Family Foundations, the IAH establishes the IAH Innovation Fund to foster innovative projects in the arts and humanities by providing funds and logistical support.
  • Members of the IAH Advisory Board and Faculty Advisory Board join IAH staff for a strategic planning retreat at the Cherokee Plantation in South Carolina, generously opened to the IAH by Max C. Chapman Jr.
  • Julia Grumbles, Chapel Hill, succeeds John O’Hara as chair of the IAH Advisory Board.


  • The Institute hosts the inaugural CHAT Festival, a regional digital arts and humanities festival celebrating Collaborations: Humanities, Arts & Technology, in February 2010. Supported by funds from The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, the festival attracts nearly 500 participants.
  • A generous gift from Max C. Chapman Jr. enables the IAH to partner with the Provost’s office to offer the Chapman Family Fellowship as a University Teaching Award and doubles the award’s stipend to $10,000.
  • Julia T. Wood, the Lineberger Distinguished Professor of Humanities and the Thomas S. and Caroline H. Royster Distinguished Professor of Graduate Education, receives the George H. Johnson Prize for Distinguished Achievement by an IAH Fellow.


  • Trudier Harris, J. Sitterson Distinguished Professor of English, is the first recipient of the George H. Johnson Prize for Distinguished Achievement by an IAH Fellow.
  • The Institute produces its first annual highlights publication and begins production of an e-newsletter that is distributed five times a year.
  • The IAH announces a Digital Arts and Humanities Initiative, led by IAH Associate Director Joyce Rudinsky, that aims to encourage the integration of digital media into traditional academic practice by hosting events and promoting access to ideas, tools and resources.


  • The Institute establishes the Johnson Prize to honor the generosity and leadership of George H. Johnson ’58. The prize will be awarded biannually to a senior IAH Fellow.
  • Megan Granda is named executive director of the Institute. Kim Strom-Gottfried, distinguished professor in the School of Social Work, succeeds Jane Brown as director of the Academic Leadership Program.
  • The Academic Leadership Program adds a new component, the Chairs Leadership Program, directed by Bill Balthrop, professor of Communication Studies.
  • John O’Hara succeeds Barbara Hyde as chair of the IAH Advisory Board.
  • IAH Salons launch, bringing together Fellows and community members for intellectual exchange over dinner on topics of interest.


  • Ruel Tyson, founding director of IAH, steps down after nearly 20 years at the helm. The Ruel Tyson Legacy Fund surpasses the $3.5 million mark.
  • Barbara and Pitt Hyde pledge $5 million to endow the Academic Leadership Program and name it for Tyson. It is the largest gift ever to IAH and one of the largest to the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • John McGowan, professor of English, is named director of the Institute.
  • More than 350 faculty members have been awarded fellowships at the Institute since its beginning in 1987.


  • Aspen Retreat II is held to continue strategic and succession planning. The Ethics Fellows Program moves to the Philosophy Department, where it becomes the Parr Center for Ethics.


  • Barbara Hyde hosts the first IAH Aspen Retreat in July to initiate strategic planning for the future of the Institute. Bernadette Gray-Little, then dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, attends along with eight IAH board members and IAH staff.
  • The IAH successfully completes the Kenan Challenge, a $1 million endowment focusing on faculty retention in the College of Arts and Sciences. Barbara Hyde is elected chair of the IAH Advisory Board.


  • The construction of Hyde Hall is completed, financed solely with private donations. The dedication is held on University Day, Oct. 12. A black tie gala accompanies the celebration.
  • The Institute establishes its Ethics Fellows Program.


  • The Institute inaugurates its Academic Leadership Program for UNC faculty, directed by Jane Brown, former Chair of the Faculty and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication.


  • Groundbreaking ceremony is held for new building on March 31. Sherwood H. Smith is elected IAH Advisory Board Chair.


  • The Institute assumes responsibility for presenting the annual Weil Lecture on American Citizenship, established by the Weil family of Goldsboro in 1915.


  • The Institute appoints its first full-time director of development, Mary Flanagan. Faculty/donors annual receptions begin. The University Board of Trustees approves a front campus site (McCorkle Place near Battle/Vance/Pettigrew) for our new building.
  • The Institute initiates a Traveling Fellows program as an outreach initiative. Fellows participate in evenings of conversation in homes of Friends of IAH throughout North Carolina and the United States.
  • The Institute names Cooper, Robertson & Partners of New York City as architects for new building.


  • The Institute sponsors its first biennial Chapman Fellows Conferences on Teaching. The IAH surpasses its $4 million fundraising goal for the University Bicentennial by $500,000 ($4.5 million total). Annual Fellows Reunion begins.


  • Lloyd Kramer, associate professor of history, accepts appointment as the first associate director of the Institute and serves as acting director while Ruel Tyson is on leave.


  • Institute establishes a core group of IAH annual supporters, Friends of the Institute.


  • Professor Kenneth Reckford endows the Institute’s first annual lectureship, the Mary Stevens Reckford Memorial Lecture in European Studies. Max C. Chapman establishes the Chapman Family Fellowships in the IAH.


  • The first IAH endowed fellowship is funded by David E. Pardue Jr. to honor his father.


  • Under the leadership of Chancellor Christopher C. Fordham III, The Program for the Arts and Humanities becomes the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, approved by the Board of Governors in July. Ruel W. Tyson Jr. is appointed director. He is re-appointed in 1991, 1994, 1997 and 2002.


  • The Institute conducts the first Fellows Seminar in the summer. By 2012, faculty have received 526 fellowships, enabling them to conduct research and focus on their scholarly and artistic work.


  • Ruel W. Tyson Jr., professor of Religious Studies, and Gillian T. Cell, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, establish the Program for the Arts and Humanities. Its early mission: to nurture liberal arts learning and to support faculty excellence. Provost Samuel Williamson designates West House (778 square feet), built by the Tanner Family in 1935, as the Program’s first home.
  • The Program for the Arts and Humanities sponsors the first Autumn Saturday, a colloquium open to the University and the public (1987-1999).