Who We Are
Chad BryantFaculty Fellowship Selection Committee
Chad Bryant, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of History.
Amarjit S. BudhirajaDirector, Chairs Leadership Program
Amarjit S. Budhiraja is a professor of Statistics and Operations Research in the College of Arts and Sciences. He served as the chair of the STOR department from 2014-2019.
Lee Burrows, ABJM ’82Nominating Committee
Lee is the Vice Chairman of Investment Banking for Performance Trust Capital Partners and Chairman of the Board and co-founder of UB Bancorp.
Philip Robin Charles-Pierre, BA ’95Communications Committee
Philip is the CEO and co-founder of Semsee.
Kristen ChavezCommunications Specialist
Kristen manages the internal and external communications for the Institute. Her duties include overseeing the website, monthly newsletter and promoting public events.
Phillip L. Clay, BA ’68Nominating Committee
Phil is Chancellor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Brent Michael Comstock, BSBA ’17Communications Committee
Brent is the founder and CEO of BCom Solutions, a nationally recognized digital advertising agency focused on impact-driven campaigns, causes and corporate clients.
Mauri ConnorsDevelopment Coordinator
Mauri Connors provides development related administrative support to the Institute. Her responsibilities include donor and board communications, solicitation crafting and planning, gift processing, and serving as a key liaison between the Institute and the Arts and Sciences Foundation.
Laney CrawleyCommunications Student Assistant
Laney is the Communications Assistant of … Continued
Rebecca Wesson Darwin, BA ’75Communications Committee
Rebecca is the co-founder and CEO of Garden & Gun Magazine.
Catherine T. Edwards, BA ’92Nominating Committee
Catherine is a member of the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council.
Oswaldo EstradaDirector, Faculty Fellows Program
Oswaldo Estrada is a Peruvian-American writer, literary critic, and professor of Latin American Literature and Culture in the Department of Romance Studies.
Mary Fieger Flanagan, BA ’67Communications Committee
Mary was the initial Director of Development for the IAH, serving in that role from 1995 through 2012.
Megan FlowersOffice and Front Desk Student Assistant
Megan is an Office and Front Desk Studen … Continued
Buck Goldstein, BA ’70, JD ’76Lifetime Member
Buck was the founding Chair of the IAH. He is the University Entrepreneur in Residence and a Professor of the Practice in the School of Education at UNC.
Xiomara Gomez RodriguezOffice and Front Desk Student Assistant
Xiomara Gomez Rodriguez is one of the Of … Continued
Taliyah GrahamOffice and Front Desk Student Assistant
Taliyah is an Office and Front Desk Stud … Continued
Julia S. Grumbles, BA ’75Development Committee
Julia is a member of the Campaign for Carolina Steering Committee, co-chair of the Campaign for Carolina Women’s Campaign Cabinet and member of the UNC-CH Foundation Board.
Michael GutierrezFaculty Fellowship Selection Committee
Michael Keenan Gutierrez, Ph.D., is a Teaching Associate Professor in the English and Comparative Literature Department.
Robert H. Hackney, Jr., BA ’75, JD ’79, MBA ’79Finance Committee
Robert is a former Senior Advisor at First Eagle Investment Management, LLC.
Mark KatzDirector Emeritus (Director 2014-2019), Distinguished Professor of Music
Mark Katz is the Ruel W. Tyson, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Humanities and former Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.
William A. Keyes IV, ’75, PhD ’18Nominating Committee
Bill is President of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship.
Heidi KimProfessor, English and Comparative Literature
Arts & Humanities Fellow — Race, Memory, and Reckoning Initiative
Rob KramerSenior Leadership Advisor
Since 1998, Rob Kramer has provided executive coaching and, with a specialized focus in public and academic leadership and team development.
Jacqueline E. LawtonFaculty Fellowship Selection Committee
Jacqueline Lawton is an associate profes … Continued
Kathryn Scott Long, BA ’77Communications Committee
Kathryn and her husband, Bobby, live in Greensboro, NC. They have been long-standing supporters of the arts and community at large.
Pamela LothspeichProgram Director, New Faculty Program
Pamela Lothspeich holds a Ph.D. in South … Continued
Christian O. LundbergLeadership Selection Committee
Dr. Christian Lundberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill and Co-Director of the University Program in Cultural Studies.
Karol V. Mason, BA ’79Nominating Committee
Karol is the President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Lane Morris McDonald, ABJM ’00Vice Chair, Advisory Board | Chair, Nominating Committee
Lane is a Managing Director of OMERS Private Equity.
John McGowanDirector Emeritus (Director 2006-2014), Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature
John McGowan served for eight years as the Director of UNC’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities.
Deborah Penley Miller, BA ’91Development Committee
Deborah is a former attorney with the American Cancer Society and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Kara MillonziLeadership Selection Committee
Kara Millonzi is a professor in the School of Government.
James MoeserChancellor Emeritus (2000-2008), Director Emeritus (Interim Director 2016-2017)
James Moeser is Chancellor Emeritus and served as interim director for the Institute for the Arts in Humanities from 2016-2017, and has an office located in Hyde Hall.
James MoeserNominating Committee
James Moeser is Chancellor Emeritus and Professor of Music Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As chancellor from 2000 to 2008, he articulated the vision that UNC should be America’s leading public university.
Alicia MonroeAssistant Teaching Professor, African, African American and Diaspora Studies
Lucrecia Renea Moore, BA ’92Finance Committee
Lucrecia Moore is Senior Company Counsel at Wells Fargo.
Walker Morris, BA ’74Communications Committee
Walker is President of Muirfield Broadcasting and a former Chief Executive Officer at the Clinton Development Initiative.
Allen Moseley, BA ’91Nominating Committee
Allen is the Managing General Partner at Noro-Moseley Partners.
John O’Hara, MBA ’79Lifetime Member
John is a retired investment manager, most recently as Managing Director and Senior Advisor at Rockefeller and Company.
Angela O’NeillDirector of Development
Angela leads the IAH’s efforts to secure external funding from individual donors and foundations for its programs in support of faculty.
Todd Ramón OchoaLeadership Selection Committee
Todd Ramón Ochoa is a cultural anthropologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Peter OrnsteinProgram Director, Retired Faculty Program
Peter Ornstein is professor emeritus in the Psychology and Neuroscience Department.
Willard Joseph Overlock III, BA ’02Chair, Communications Committee
Will is the Vice-President of Leasing at Reckson, a division of the Cappelli Organization.
Abigail PanterLeadership Selection Committee
Abigail Panter is the Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and a professor of psychology in the L. L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Patricia ParkerDirector, Ruel W. Tyson Distinguished Professor of Humanities
Patricia Parker is the Ruel W. Tyson Distinguished Professor of Humanities and has been a member of the Carolina faculty since 1998.
Zyon PerkinsEvent Planner
Office: Hyde Hall, Suite 209 Zyon Perki … Continued
Andrew PerrinDirector Emeritus (2019-2020)
Andrew Perrin is a professor of sociology and director emeritus of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.
Roger Perry, BA ’71Lifetime Member
Roger is Chairman of East West Partners Club Management. He is also President of East West Partners Management Company, Inc.
Petal SamuelAssistant Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Viji SathyDirector, Academic Leadership Program
Viji Sathy (UNC ’96, ’03) is the Associate Dean for Evaluation and Assessment and Director of the Townsend Program for Education Research, and a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Nelson Schwab III, BA ’67Lifetime Member
Nelson is a Co-Founder and Senior Advisor at Carousel Capital.
Sherwood Smith, BA ’56, JD ’60Lifetime Member
Sherwood is Chairman Emeritus, Carolina Power & Light Company.
Sara SmithFaculty Fellowship Selection Committee
Sara Smith is an associate professor in … Continued
John Curtis Staton, BA ’89Chair, Development Committee
John Staton is the President of Concepts Sport.
John SweetAssociate Professor, History
IAH Legacy Fellow – Race, Memory, and Re … Continued
J. Michael TerryFaculty Fellowship Selection Committee
J. Michael Terry is an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Ruel TysonIAH Founder and Director Emeritus (Director 1987-2006)
Ruel Tyson founded the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and guided its development as director for 20 years. He remained dedicated to scholarship and service until his passing in 2019.
Lynne Vernon-FeagansProgram Director, Retired Faculty Program
Lynne Vernon-Feagans is the William C. Friday Distinguished Professor Emerita at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Education. She has focused her research on young children and families from diverse low wealth rural communities.
Amanda Giannini Watlington, PhD ’72Communications Committee
Amanda is the Chief Executive Officer at City Square Consulting.
Tommie WatsonExecutive Director
Tommie Watson is the Executive Director for the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. He provides leadership and strategy for the Institute while managing the day-to-day operations.
Silas WebbProgram Administrator
Silas Webb serves as the Program Administrator at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. In this role, he coordinates and supports all faculty programs offered through the IAH.
John F. White IIINominating Committee, Advisory Board
John White is the president of JFW Prope … Continued
John R. Wickham, BA ’84Chair, Advisory Board
John is the co-founder and a partner at Collwick Capital, LLC.
Rebecca WilliamsBusiness Manager
Rebecca Williams manages the administration and finances of the Institute’s programs and initiatives, including events and grants support.
Caroline C. Williamson, BSBA ’83Lifetime Member
Caroline is the President, Treasurer, and a Director of the B. Robert Williamson, Jr. Foundation.
Sandra Fay Wilson, BA ’80Nominating Committee
Sandra is a retired Colonel, US Air Force and a retired Senior Executive, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA).
Thomas M. Woodbury, BA ’73, JD ’77Finance Committee
Tom is a former President, Global Distribution at HBO.
Claudia YaghoobiFaculty Fellowship Selection Committee
Claudia Yaghoobi is the Roshan Institute Associate Professor in Persian Studies and director of the Persian program in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.
Nadia YaqubInterim Director, Associate Professors Program
Nadia Yaqub is professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and coordinator of the department’s Arabic program, while also serving as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of English & Comparative Literature.
Michael F. Yelverton, BA ’98Development Committee
Mike is Principal and Managing Director at Tiedemann Advisors.
Aishat YusufAdministrative Associate
Aishat Yusuf is the Administrative Assoc … Continued