Awards

Rollie Tillman Jr. Outstanding Leadership Award

The Rollie Tillman Outstanding Leadership Award recognizes a graduating Kenan Scholar who has demonstrated superior leadership through their contributions to different Kenan Institute domain initiatives. This Scholar also had an outstanding impact on projects connecting the Kenan Institute to the UNC community as well as to innovators and entrepreneurs in the broader community.

Named for UNC Kenan-Flagler professor emeritus of marketing Rollie Tillman Jr., the institute’s first director, the award recognizes superior contributions.

Tillman Award Winners

2019 RECIPIENT

Alex Cooper

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2018 RECIPIENT

Byron Kelly

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2017 RECIPIENT

Elizabeth McCain

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2016 RECIPIENT

Tony Morash

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2015 RECIPIENT

David Kearns

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2014 RECIPIENT

Ashley Gremel

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2013 RECIPIENT

Nicholas Black

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2012 RECIPIENT

Greg Fontaine

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2011 RECIPIENT

Jeremy Bergwerff

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2010 RECIPIENT

George Feese

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2009 RECIPIENT

Suzanne Zweben

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2008 RECIPIENT

Marisa Glassman

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2007 RECIPIENT

Alexander Kameny

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John Kasarda Research Excellence Award

Dr. John Kasarda is the longest-serving director of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. Under his leadership, the Kenan Institute was named the world’s top air logistics educational institution by the International Air Cargo Association. Dr. Kasarda currently serves as the president and CEO of Aerotropolis Business Concepts LLC, president of the Aerotropolis Institute China and the editor-in-chief of Logistics, an international scholarly journal. He has conducted extensive work in the field of aviation infrastructure, business competitiveness and sociology and was awarded the title of Kenan Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship. He was also earned a fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his research on airport-driven economic development. Because of his many accomplishments as a scholar, leading the way in cutting-edge research at the intersection of business and aviation, this award named after Dr. Kasarda celebrates a Kenan Scholar who has achieved excellence in research.

John Kasarda Research Excellence Award Winners

2020 RECIPIENT

Chris Karras

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Kenan Institute Impact Award

The Kenan Institute Impact Award recognizes a student who has made a significant impact on the Kenan Institute through their work on projects and participation in events that drive the Kenan Institute’s mission and has an impacts UNC and the broader community.

Impact Award Winners

2020 RECIPIENT

Sarah Muneton

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2019 RECIPIENT

Phillippa Owens

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2018 RECIPIENT

Eric Blocher

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2017 RECIPIENT

Ben Holmes

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2016 RECIPIENT

Terrell Wells

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2015 RECIPIENT

Ashwini Rathi

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2014 RECIPIENT

Ashley Brown

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Meet our scholars

Interested in becoming a Kenan Scholar?

Contact Kim Allen, Ph.D. Kenan Scholars Program Director Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise Kim_Allen@kenan-flagler.unc.edu • 919.843.3317

The Kenan Institute is committed to translating academics and research into solutions. Kenan Scholars are at the forefront of that work.