Leadership & Staff

The Kenan Institute is part of Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and draw’s on the School’s administrative and faculty resources. It offers a number of programs conferences and seminars which bring together the business and academic communities at both the state and national levels.

The Institute works in conjunction with affiliated centers to provide an ongoing forum for information and interaction between business and academia. The Institute involves scholars and executives from across the nation who, having increased their mutual understanding, can work effectively together for the good of the free enterprise system.


Senior Leadership

Greg Brown

Director, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
gregwbrown@unc.edu • 919.962.9250

Greg Brown is the director of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. He also is the founder and research director of the Institute for Private Capital. More

Mark Little

Executive Director, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
mark_little@unc.edu • 919.962.1041

Mark Little, PhD, is Executive Director of the Kenan Institute. He is also the permanent Director of NCGrowth. More

David Knowles

Director of Business Development and Finance, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
david_knowles@kenan-flagler.unc.edu • 919.843.7304

David A. Knowles is Director of Business Development and Finance at the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.  In this role he works to develop partnerships with companies and foundations aligned with the Institute’s mission and those of its affiliated research centers. More

Christian Lundblad

Director of Research, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
Professor of Finance, Edward M. O’Herron Distinguished Scholar and Associate Dean of the PhD Program, UNC-Chapel Hill
lundblac@kenan-flagler.unc.edu • 919.962.8441

The research of Christian Lundblad spans asset pricing and international finance, with a specialization in emerging market development. His research has been published in top academic journals such as the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Financial Economics. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Finance. More

Core Initiatives Leaders

Christopher B. Bingham

Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Phillip Hettleman Distinguished Scholar and Area Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC-Chapel Hill
cbingham@unc.edu • 919.962.7028

Chris Bingham’s general research interests revolve around organizational learning, adaptation, growth, innovation and strategic decision making in entrepreneurial firms and firms in dynamic markets. More

Larry Chavis

Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC-Chapel Hill
chavisl@kenan-flagler.unc.edu • 919.962.8215

Larry Chavis researches how weak institutions in developing countries pose challenges for new business formation. He is studying how organizational design affects the delivery of development aid to rural communities and small-scale entrepreneurs in Indonesia. More

Noel Greis

Director, Digital Enterprise and Innovation
noel_greis@unc.edu • 919.962.2133

Noel Greis, PhD, Director, Digital Enterprise and Innovation, is an expert in global logistics and supply chain management and has won numerous awards for her research on logistics, global operations strategy, technology management, and technology commercialization. More

Jim Johnson

Director of Education, Aging, and Economic Development Initiatives, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
jim_johnson@unc.edu • 919.962.2214

Jim Johnson, PhD, Director of Education, Aging, and Economic Development Initiatives is a demographer known for linking population trends to the economy. More

Jayashankar M. Swaminathan

GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Professor of Operations and Associate Dean of OneMBA, UNC-Chapel Hill
msj@unc.edu • 919.843.8341

Jayashankar (Jay) Swaminathan is the GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Professor of Operations and associate dean of the Global OneMBA Program. More

Ted Zoller

Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
zoller@unc.edu • 919.962.3103

Ted Zoller oversees the teaching and outreach programs of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UNC Kenan-Flagler. More

Staff

Ashley Brown

Research Manager, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
ashley_brown@kenan-flagler.unc.edu • 919.962.1432

Ashley Brown is Lead Analyst for Grant/Funding Opportunities. Ashley has over 3 years of experience and has broad subject matter expertise in business, public administration, records management, and statistics. More

Lingmei Howell

Director of Kenan Scholars, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
lingmei_howell@kenan-flagler.unc.edu • 919.962.2686

Lingmei Howell is the Director of Outreach at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. She is also the Director of the Kenan Scholars Program. Serving as the institute’s ambassador, marketer, and value-proposition translator, she has spearheaded numerous Kenan Institute engagement programs and marketing/outreach activities to reinforce the institute’s collaborative relationships with its various stakeholders. More

Huan Lian

Research Associate, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
huanlian@live.unc.edu • 919.962.5327

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Karen McFarland

Director of Operations, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
karen_mcfarland@kenan-flagler.unc.edu • 919.843.4327

Karen McFarland is Director of Operations for the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. She has 18 years of experience with the state of North Carolina in administrative support, grant management and departmental support, with the last 8 years being at the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. More

Rebecca Mormino

Events Manager, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
rebecca_mormino@kenan-flagler.unc.edu • 919.843.6287

Rebecca Mormino is the Events Manager for the Kenan Institute, supporting all of the centers and core initiatives. More

Linda Parson

Grants Manager, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
linda_parson@kenan-flagler.unc.edu • 919.843.5657

Linda Parson is Grants Manager for the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. More

Philip Howard, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor of Finance, Wake Forest University's School of Business.
pdwhoward@gmail.com

I recently graduated with a doctorate in Finance from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I also hold masters and bachelors of science degrees in Statistics and Operations Research from the Department of Statistics and Operations Research at UNC-Chapel Hill. More

Marion Strandh

Executive Assistant to the Director, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
marion_strandh@kenan-flagler.unc.edu • 919.962.3174

Marion Strandh is Executive Assistant to the Director of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. She has nine years of experience as Program Coordinator and Administrative Support Specialist with the finance faculty at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. More

Jack Walker

Creative Director, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
jack_walker@kenan-flagler.unc.edu • 919.962.2681

Jack Walker is Director of Information Technology at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. Jack earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina State University and has seventeen years of experience in application development and web design. More

Melissa Waller

Director of Public & Private Partnerships, Kenan Institute of Private Enerprise
melissa_waller@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

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