John Ellison, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

John Gray Blount Ellison, Jr.

Finance Committee, Advisory Board


John Ellison is president and chief executive officer of the Ellison Company, Inc. He received a B.A. in History in 1969 and an M.B.A. in 1972, both degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has previously served on the UNC Board of Trustees, the Carolina 1st Campaign Cabinet, the 2013 Campaign Planning Cabinet, and the General Alumni Associate Board of Directors. He was also the chair of both the Educational Foundation Board of Directors and the UNC Board of Visitors. He worked on a strategic plan for the University that then-Chancellor James Moeser put him in charge of, and this plan laid the groundwork for the five-year academic plan at the time. He has also served as the co-chair of the campaign to build the Kenan Football Center, and he served on the chancellor search committee that selected Holden Thorp. Currently, Ellison serves on the UNC Investment Fund Board, the UNC Endowment Fund Board and the Chancellor’s Campaign Steering Committee.

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