The premier leadership-scholar program for MBA students at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School has a new name and enhanced opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills, careers and networks.
To support and enhance the highly selective Dean’s Fellows Program, Steve Vetter (BSBA ’78) and Debbie Vetter (ABED ’78) of Greensboro, North Carolina, made an endowed gift of $10 million.
To honor the Vetters’ commitment to developing future business leaders, UNC Kenan-Flagler renamed the program in their honor: The Steve and Debbie Vetter Dean’s Fellows Program.
“With the Vetter’s transformational gift, we are increasing the program’s impact on our students lives through fellowships and exceptional extracurricular enrichment experiences,” said Doug Shackelford (BSBA ’80), dean and Meade H. Willis Distinguished Professor of Taxation. “The combination of their programmatic and fellowship support gives us a competitive edge to continue to attract the best of the best to UNC Kenan-Flagler.”
The Vetter Dean’s Fellows Program offers about 30 full-time MBA students a year with unique opportunities and a focus on growing professionally and personally while deeply engaging with and contributing to the UNC Kenan-Flagler community, Shackelford said.
“A Carolina education changes lives as it did for Debbie and me, contributing to our career success,” said Vetter, former CEO and chairman of the board of Ennis-Flint Inc. “To play a role in developing the next generation of business leaders is profoundly meaningful to us. My hope is Vetter Fellows remember the role the program and UNC Kenan-Flagler played in their success, and they give back in ways that enable others to follow in their footsteps.”
Key benefits of the Vetter Dean’s Fellows Program are: