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* *Malone named vice chancellor for human resources
* *Trudier Harris, longtime English professor, faculty marshal, retires
* *Honors

Malone named
vice chancellor for
human resources


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Brenda Richardson Malone, Carolina’s associate vice chancellor for human resources since 2007, became vice chancellor at the beginning of this month.

Because the University’s employees are its most important asset and resource, Chancellor Holden Thorp said, he wanted the senior administrator who heads the Office of Human Resources to report directly to him and serve in his cabinet along with the executive vice chancellor and provost, Carolina’s senior administrator with comparable responsibility for faculty members.

The Board of Trustees approved the change during its July 23 meeting.

“This move increases Brenda’s access and involvement in the administration’s daily activities while at the same time reducing layers of management devoted to our human resources function,” Thorp said in a campus e-mail message.

Malone came to Carolina with 30 years of experience in human resources, including the previous 14 years as vice chancellor for faculty and staff relations at The City University of New York.

There, she led a unit of 70 employees. She managed classification and compensation, labor relations, benefits, compliance and diversity, payroll and staff development for an educational system of more than 200,000 students and 30,000 full-time and part-time employees.

“During her time here, Brenda has shown great judgment in applying her knowledge of the best human resources practices to the complex issues that we face in North Carolina and within the University,” Thorp said.

Malone acknowledged that the change was especially important as the University began to assess and implement the recommendations of the Bain & Company report.

“With this change comes increased responsibility for all of us in Human Resources. It means that the bar will be raised even higher for us in the future,” she said. “In addition to continuing the good work we are already doing, we renew our commitment to provide absolutely the best service possible to the campus community.”

Because of the University’s budget situation, Malone’s salary remained the same.

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Trudier Harris, longtime English professor,
faculty marshal, retires


For the past five years, Trudier Harris proudly led faculty processions during special University ceremonies such as commencement and University Day.

And for three decades, she was an award-winning faculty member who taught courses and conducted groundbreaking research in African-American literature and folklore.

On June 30, the faculty marshal and J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of English, retired.

In the years since Harris arrived at Carolina in 1979, she accumulated an impressive list of honors.

In 2005, she received the prestigious Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, which honors exceptional teaching across the UNC system. She was also a recipient of the Roscoe B. Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the William C. Friday/Class of 1986 Award for Excellence in Teaching and an outstanding teaching award from the South Atlantic Modern Language Association.

One of the leading scholars of African-American literature, Harris wrote or edited numerous books, editions, book chapters and articles and was invited to speak and present throughout the United States and in nearly a dozen foreign countries.

In 2008, she was awarded the first George H. Johnson Prize for Distinguished Achievement by an Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH) Fellow. The IAH created the prize to recognize “exemplary contributions by faculty in the arts, humanities or qualitative social sciences.”  Harris was a member of the inaugural class of IAH Leadership Fellows in 2002.

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Milly Barranger

Milly Barranger, Alumni Distinguished Professor Emerita of Theatre History and Theory, was selected to receive an award for Outstanding Teacher of Theatre from the Association of Theatre in Higher Education during its annual meeting in New York this week. Barranger, also a former chair of the Department of Dramatic Art and former producing director of PlayMakers Repertory Company, was honored for her skill as an administrator, producer and director and for her outstanding teaching.

Andy Hart

Preservation Librarian Andy Hart received a Presidential Citation from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services at the 2009 annual conference of the American Library Association. Hart was cited for his leadership in developing a new organizational structure for the Preservation and Reformatting Section.

Marianna Henry
Suresh Nagappan
Jane Brice
Leonard A. Parker Jr.
Kurt Gilliland
Kenya McNeal-Trice
Royce Montgomery

The School of Medicine Academy of Educators recognized seven faculty members for teaching excellence at its annual Evening of Scholarship event in May. Marianna Henry, associate professor of pediatrics, and Suresh Nagappan, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics, received the Clinical Preceptor Excellence in Teaching Award.

Jane Brice, associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, received the Medical Student Research Mentor Award. Leonard A. Parker Jr., associate professor in the Department of Radiology, received the Medical Student Advisor Award.

Also receiving awards were Kurt Gilliland, assistant professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, and Kenya McNeal-Trice, assistant professor of pediatrics, who were chosen to receive the Innovation in Teaching Award. Royce Montgomery, professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Patricia Shane

Patricia Shane, assistant director of the Center for Mathematics and Science Education and clinical professor of science education, began her term June 1 as president of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). NSTA is the largest professional organization in the world that promotes excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning.

William Kim
C. Ryan Miller

William Kim, assistant professor of medicine, and C. Ryan Miller, assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine in the School of Medicine, have been named 2009 Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Clinical Investigators. Kim was selected as the Damon Runyon-Merck Clinical Investigator and Miller was selected as the Damon Runyon-Genentech Clinical Investigator. Each will receive $450,000 to support the development of cancer research.

Derek Lochbaum

Derek Lochbaum, director of trademarks and licensing, has been elected president of the International Collegiate Licensing Association. The association offers educational and networking opportunities, espouses acceptable operating standards and ethics, and seeks to boost understanding of collegiate licensing.

Svetlana Lazebnik

Svetlana Lazebnik, assistant professor of computer science, has received a Microsoft New Faculty Fellowship Award. The awards, granted by Microsoft Research, recognize and support early-career professors engaged in innovative computing research. Each fellow receives an unrestricted cash gift of $200,000.

Lazebnik is exploring new ways for computers to interpret digital images. She is designing methods to search large digital image collections based on what can be seen in the picture, rather than what is described in textual tags.

Greg Kopsch

Greg Kopsch, forest manager for the Carolina North Forest, was recently named Hometown Hero and honored with radio station WCHL 1360’s Village Pride Award. The award recognizes members of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community for their commitment and service. Kopsch was cited for the outstanding job he has done coordinating forest recreation and environmental education activities.


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* *N.C. legislators’ commitment to higher education evident in budget

* *Bain report identifies areas to increase efficiency, reduce costs

* *Victoria Madden has an acumen for science and an affinity for people

* *Nelson Ferebee Taylor Residence Hall dedicated

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