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New book tells story of 100 years of innovation

UNC Kenan-Flagler A Century of Tradition and Innovation cover

A new book tells the story of 100 years of excellence in business education at Carolina that began when UNC’s leaders envisioned a role for business at a liberal arts university. 

“UNC Kenan-Flagler: A Century of Tradition and Innovation” traces the School’s history from its launch in 1919 to today in a coffee-table book packed with stories and photos. The book looks back at our roots to understand and honor the vision and commitment of the people who built the School and contributed ideas, labor and financial support. 

“We have changed dramatically in the last century, but what makes us special is ingrained in our very roots and so remains constant,” Douglas A. Shackelford (BSBA ’80), dean and Meade H. Willis Distinguished Professor of Taxation, writes in the book’s forward. “Our story is one of community – rooted in our core values. It is one of tradition – a tradition of innovation. And it is one of ambition – to become the best business school of the 21st century.”

Author Lee Pace (BA ’79) interviewed graduates, faculty, administrators, students and staff, and tracked down historical documents, files and newspaper archives to document the School’s evolution. “Woven together, they capture the fabric of Kenan-Flagler,” says Pace. “I think we accurately represent what has been so special about business education at Carolina.” 

He captures stories of how UNC leaders envisioned its founding and its role in business and society, its tradition of educational innovation, and its path to become one of the top business schools in the world. 

The book features the School’s culture and how it differentiates our people and programs. It also tells the story of the Kenan family and Henry Morrison Flagler and their businesses successes. Its pages are filled with stories about notable alumni, beloved professors and deans through the decades. It also details the School’s different homes on campus – Alumni Hall, Saunders, Bingham, Carroll and, today,  McColl Building and Rizzo Center.

You can purchase the book at the Bull’s Head Bookshop at UNC Student Stores for $60. If you would like to have a copy shipped to you for a $7 UPS shipping fee, call (919) 962-5060.