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Public service center names associate director


Rachel Windham has been named associate director of the Carolina Center for Public Service.

She will serve as the center's chief administrative officer, oversee financial and budget matters, help with fundraising, teach on public service and manage public service communications for the entire campus.

The center, dedicated in September 1999, acts as the "gateway" to Carolina. Among its primary responsibilities are to serve North Carolina citizens by giving them access to the University's many resources and to foster Carolina faculty, staff and student public service.

Except for a brief interruption in 1973-74, Windham has worked at Carolina since 1972. She has been an assistant to two vice chancellors for business and finance, assistant director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center and -- most recently -- director of business and finance and special assistant to the dean at the School of Dentistry.

"Sometimes the stars align to put the right people in the right places to do the right things," Nick Didow, director of the Center for Public Service, said in announcing Windham's appointment. "That is what happened when the chancellor and the provost asked Rachel Windham to assist the center in its first official week by taking on an added responsibility as project manager of the Hurricane Floyd Recovery Project. Rachel came on board and worked tirelessly, as she has for a quarter of a century, to represent Carolina at its best.

"We are extremely fortunate that she has agreed to continue her service to the University and the citizens of North Carolina by serving as the center's first associate director."

Windham's record of service and contributions to the University have been acknowledged by a Chancellor's Award nomination in 1991, the Employee Forum Community Award in 1995, Bell Award nominations in 1996 and 1997 and the C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award in 1997.

Windham earned a bachelor's degree from Carolina in 1999, majoring in communication studies with an emphasis in public relations.


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