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November 14, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Retired UNC Senior Vice President Roy Carroll of Chapel Hill and General Hugh Shelton (U.S. Army, retired) of Newport are the 2008 recipients of the University Award, the highest honor given by the Board of Governors of the multi-campus University of North Carolina. UNC President Erskine Bowles and awards committee chairman Leroy Lail of Hickory presented the awards, which recognize illustrious service to higher education in North Carolina, during a banquet Thursday evening (Nov. 13) on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.
Roy Carroll, General Hugh Shelton Honored for Service to Higher Education
Roy Carroll devoted 45 years to higher education—the last 20 of which were spent in senior leadership posts within UNC General Administration. A graduate of Quachita Baptist University in his home state of Arkansas, he holds master’s and doctoral degrees in history from Vanderbilt University. A Fulbright Scholar at the University of Leeds in England, he also completed the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University. After a decade of teaching at Mercer University and Armstrong State College in the state of Georgia, in 1969 Carroll became chairman of the Department of History at Appalachian State University, where he later was named the I. G. Greer Distinguished Professor of History.
In 1979, Carroll was recruited to UNC General Administration as vice president for planning for the multi-campus University and was promoted to senior vice president and vice president for academic affairs in 1996. From July 1990 to July 1991, he also served as interim chancellor of UNC Asheville. During his tenure at UNC, enrollment grew by 37 percent, the first systemwide minimum admissions requirements were adopted, and academic standards were raised on many UNC campuses. Carroll also oversaw exhaustive reviews of the basic academic missions and degree offerings of the 16 campuses, and under his leadership, the first comprehensive statewide transfer agreements between the community colleges and the University were adopted. Over the course of two decades, Carroll represented the University on numerous state and national boards and commissions and worked closely with the Board of Governors, the president, and other University leaders to develop and implement University policy.
Following his retirement in 1999, Carroll served for five years as a member of the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees. He also has continued to serve as a consultant to the University concerning the Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund program. In that role, he was instrumental last year in the creation and implementation of two C.D. Spangler Foundation challenge grant programs that together will make $26.9 million available to support the creation of up to 96 distinguished professorships across the 16 university campuses.
Born and raised in Tarboro, Hugh Shelton graduated from NC State University in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in textiles and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Infantry through the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps. He spent the next 38 years in a variety of military command and staff positions in the U.S. and abroad, including two combat tours of Vietnam, the liberation of Kuwait during Operation Desert Shield/Storm, and the restoration of democracy in Haiti. His rise through the military ranks culminated in 1997 with his appointment as the 14th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—the senior ranking member of the Armed Forces and the principal military advisor to the President of the United States. Throughout his four-year tenure as chairman, U.S. forces were in heavy demand and participated in numerous joint operations around the globe. Shelton retired from the Army in September 2001.
Shelton holds a master’s degree from Auburn University and has attended Harvard University, the Air Command and Staff College, and the National War College. His many military awards include four Defense Distinguished Service Medals, two Army Distinguished Service Medals, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, and the Purple Heart. He has been decorated by 16 foreign governments, knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, and received the Congressional Gold Medal.
While Shelton has always taught and led by example, in his retirement he is using his extraordinary leadership abilities and global connections to help identify, inspire, and cultivate the next generation of values-based leaders in North Carolina. To that end, he conceived and serves as executive director of the General Hugh Shelton Leadership Center at NC State University, which offers targeted scholarship programs, executive forums, and youth outreach and service programs. Along the way, he has established and built the General Hugh Shelton Leadership Fellows Scholarship Endowment, the Annual Hugh Shelton Leadership Forum, the Shelton Leadership Program Endowment, and a series of summer Youth Leadership Institutes, which have been expanded to other UNC campuses.
During the evening, tributes to Carroll and Shelton were offered by UNC President Emeritus C. D. Spangler, Jr., and UNC Board of Governors member Ann Goodnight.