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UNC’s Dave Stevens: Building a Legacy

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Jul 20, 2017 11:09:22 AM


The C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Awards recognize University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill employees each year for unusual, meritorious or superior contributions. In 2017, Chancellor Carol Folt is honoring six University employees with this award.  One of them very close to Executive Development, Dave Stevens.

dave stevens.jpgIn his 22 years of service, Stevens oversaw the construction of the McColl Building and was also deeply involved in the expansion of the full-time MBA program and the launch of MBA@UNC, Weekend MBA, Global OneMBA and the UNC Executive Development Program.

In her nominating letter, longtime colleague Jennifer Conrad, the McMichael Distinguished Professor of Finance, documented the rise of the business school to the creation of the Rizzo Center, which allowed the school’s executive education program to blossom.

The revenues, she added, have furthered the school’s teaching mission with a range of corporate and government clients. At the same time, proceeds from executive education have also been used to provide research funding and to offer competitive hiring packages for faculty.

Stevens said winning the Massey, was a tremendous honor that, near the end of his career, matched the pride he felt in 2000 when he received the Weatherspoon award within the business school. One reason he values the awards so much is because they connect him to two families who have contributed so much to Carolina. It feels even better to know, Stevens said, that the people you have worked with for a long time appreciate what you do.

Congratulations to Dave Stevens on this award. You can read an entire article with much more insight into Dave’s contributions in the University Gazette here.