UNC Kenan-Flagler created the Luther H. Hodges Leadership Center to support leadership education and honor the late North Carolina Governor Luther H. Hodges.
UNC Kenan-Flagler established the Leadership Initiative in 2005 with the mission of developing MBA students as exceptional leaders who positively impact the organizations they lead and the communities they serve.
Luther H. Hodges, a 1919 UNC-Chapel Hill graduate, served as N.C. Governor from 1952-60, and as U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the Kennedy administration from 1961-65. Under his leadership, the Research Triangle Park was created and today is an international model of economic development and scientific advancement.
The Hodges family has supported the teaching of ethics and leadership at the business school since the mid-1970s.
"Luther Hodges is widely recognized as a North Carolina statesman and ethical leader whose life had global impact," said James W. Dean Jr., UNC executive vice chancellor and provost and former dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler. "His record of achievement personifies our school's core values of excellence, leadership, integrity, community and teamwork."
"We appreciate the support of leadership and ethics education by Luther H. Hodges Jr. and his two sisters," said Dean. "With their continuing support, we will raise additional money in the years to come to further enhance the Hodges Leadership Center."
"The center is a fitting tribute to our father," said Hodges, an adjunct professor at UNC Kenan-Flagler. "Leaders succeed when they follow a strong moral compass, and leadership and ethics are intertwined at UNC Kenan-Flagler. Our father led a life that demonstrated the value of hard work, integrity, leadership, and we are proud to have his name connected with the Leadership Initiative and to contribute to its important work with students."
"With the Hodges' support we will expand our leadership activities in the Undergraduate Business Program, Master of Accounting and Executive MBA Programs so that we can further develop the leadership capabilities of all UNC Kenan-Flagler graduates," said Mindy Storrie (MBA '97), Director Hodges Leadership Center & Executive Director Smith Leadership.