Graduate School News

Trustee John Ellison Jr. Wins Dean's Award

April 20, 2009

Trustee John Ellison receives award from Dean MatsonTrustee John Ellison Jr. has won the 2009 Dean’s Award for Significant Contribution to Graduate Education.

The honor is awarded by the dean to someone who has gone above and beyond what is normally required to make significant contributions that impact Graduate Education.

“I am very pleased to honor John for his support of graduate students on this campus and for his strong advocacy for graduate education as a member of the University’s Board of Trustees,” said Steve Matson, Dean of the Graduate School.

Ellison has been outspoken about the importance of graduate education and was an advocate for graduate students on the tuition task force.

“John immediately understood the importance of graduate education and graduate students at this university,” Matson said. “More importantly, he eloquently expressed those views in Best place to teach, learn and discover report that he and JJ Raynor provided to the Board of Trustees and the university community.”

Carolina: Best place to teach, learn and discover emphasized, among other things, the contributions graduate students make to the University through their teaching, research, and the outside funding their research brings. The report also called for greater University funding of graduate students to ensure that Carolina continues to compete with top tier institutions for the world’s most promising graduate candidates.

Ellison is president and chief executive officer of the Ellison Company, Inc. He graduated from Carolina with an A.B. in history in 1969 and an M.B.A. in 1972. He and his wife Jane reside in Greensboro.