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Dean’s Fellows

The Dean’s Fellows Program is a premier leader/scholar program that offers opportunities to step outside of your comfort zone and make a significant contribution to the UNC Kenan-Flagler community.

This includes opportunities to:

  • Engage with senior leaders in the MBA Program and across UNC Kenan-Flagler, including the dean, associate deans, and program directors
  • Connect with recruiters, alumni, community partners, and business leaders
  • Participate in high-impact opportunities designed to expand your professional skills and contribute to personal growth
  • Develop and apply leadership skills
  • Network with your Dean’s Fellows peers and Dean’s Fellows alumni and build lasting relationships

You have the opportunity to apply for the Dean’s Fellows Program as part of your admissions application. The selection committee typically chooses 30 Dean’s Fellows from each class.

To learn more about the program, please contact Amanda Williams, Associate Director, MBA Dean’s Fellows at 919-962-0267 or

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Program Benefits

Leadership Development

Dean’s Fellows actively participate in many exclusive experiences that help guide personal and professional development. They are also preferred applicants for the UNC Kenan-Flagler Leader for Next Program, which offers opportunities to participate in exciting leadership accelerator experiences.


Dean’s Fellows are provided with early career coaching opportunities to prepare for the upcoming recruiting season. You will be promoted to recruiters in an electronic resume book and attend exclusive receptions during employer visits to campus.


As a Dean’s Fellow, you will build lasting relationships by connecting with numerous stakeholders committed to your education and growth. You’ll network with other Dean’s Fellows, MBA leadership, key UNC Kenan-Flagler faculty and staff, and other campus partners at:

  • Kenan Institute and Dean’s Speakers Series events
  • The annual Dean’s Fellows holiday dinner & farewell brunch, hosted by the Dean
  • Program socials with MBA leadership
  • Small-group dinners with special guests selected by Dean’s Fellows, including recruiters, alumni, and other external partners
  • A Dean’s Fellows Retreat that kicks off the Dean’s Fellows experience

Giving Back

Dean’s Fellows support the UNC Kenan-Flagler community in ways that will make a lasting impact. You’ll collaborate with faculty and staff on projects that address topics of high importance to the Dean, engage in community service projects with other Dean’s Fellows and in partnership with other MBA students, and lead small-group discussions with other Dean’s Fellows on important business trends.

Stories from Dean’s Fellows Alumni

Brittany Gulledge (MBA ’16)
Senior Market Access Manager, GlaxoSmithKline New Zealand
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“The Dean’s Fellows Program has been very beneficial to me personally in three ways. First, it has allowed me to spend time connecting with the most impressive students at Kenan-Flagler in my year as well as the years above and below me through social events. Second, it has provided me with an opportunity to give back to the school through a Dean’s Fellows Project, which shows that the school values my recommendations and gave me a great project to speak about with potential recruiters. Third, it gave me greater access to recruiters because my résumé was published in a Dean’s Fellows Résumé Book that showcases the best and brightest of Kenan-Flagler.”

Rodrigo Aquino (MBA ’16)
Team Leader, Bain & Company
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“The Program enabled me to develop myself tremendously, both from a leadership and a skillset perspective, while giving back to the School and making a mark on this very special place called UNC Kenan-Flagler.”

Kyle Gibler (MBA ’13)
Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company
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“The Dean’s Fellows Program both attracted me to Kenan-Flagler and enriched my time as a student. Through frequent social events, opportunities to connect to leaders in academia and industry, and an exciting practicum, the Dean’s Fellows Program provided me both a strong network and lifelong friends.”

LeVert Novak (MBA ’17)
Senior Financial Analyst, Amazon
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“The Dean’s Fellows embody a commitment to excellence, service and humility. I consider it an honor to have this distinction and I seek to add to the legacy of accomplishments of those who have been distinguished before me.”

Pranav Pimpley (MBA ’17)
Business Manager, Capital One
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“Being a part of the Dean’s Fellows program helped me make meaningful connections at Kenan-Flagler and the UNC community. Working on a project to improve the business program and having a lasting impact on the business school is a fulfilling experience as well.”

Dean’s Fellows Profiles

Dean’s Fellows Student Committee

Our Student Committee works alongside business school leadership to shape the direction of the Dean’s Fellows program. The committee designs events, assists with first-year Dean’s Fellows projects, and facilitates engagement between first- and second-year Fellows.