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A special celebration for a special donor

Alumni - Tom Hudson & Doug Shackelford - 1200x900UNC Kenan-Flagler honored Thomas W. Hudson Jr. (BSBA ’46), with a surprise celebration to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the MBA fellowship program he created.

Hudson’s current fellowship recipients

Hudson’s current fellowship recipients

In 2004, Hudson and his wife, Mary, established the Thomas W. Hudson Jr. MBA Fellowship, awarded annually to two candidates based on outstanding leadership, academic performance and career potential.

Hudson was also an early proponent of establishing the Masters of Accounting Program at UNC Kenan-Flagler, and the Hudsons endowed the leading fellowship awarded in the MAC Program. In conjunction with Deloitte, they also endowed the Thomas W. Hudson Jr./Deloitte & Touche Distinguished Professorship.

At the celebration, Hudson fellowship recipients and Thomas W. Hudson, Jr./Deloitte and Touche Distinguished Professor of Accounting Mark Lang joined Dean Doug Shackelford and faculty, staff and students to recognize Hudson’s contributions to the School.

Alumni - Tom Hudson group

Guests held up cards representing the number of recipients of Hudson’s funds over the years.

Guests held up cards numbered from 1 to 56, representing the number of recipients of his funds over the years.

“Your philanthropy has changed the lives of 56 individuals here at UNC Kenan-Flagler,” said Shackelford. “However, the impact of your funds is much broader than those individuals.  Thanks to your generosity, we have raised the bar of excellence at UNC Kenan-Flagler – for both academics and leadership.”

Following the celebration, Hudson met with Shackelford and others, where he received a bound report detailing the history of the Thomas W. Hudson Jr. MBA Fellowship, profiles of past and current recipients and the impact of the fellowship.

“This was an outpouring of gratitude greater than I have ever known,” Hudson said after the day’s festivities.