The Board of Trustees recently selected 56 new members to serve on the Board of Visitors, one of the most active volunteer groups at UNC.
The Board is comprised of approximately 175 alums and contributors to the University and works with the Board of Trustees to further improve UNC.
"Their whole mission is to give back to the University,” said Michael Stutts, the outgoing co-chairperson of the Student Career Services Committee. “What brings the group together is just the love of the University and the desire to do something positive, especially for the students."
Stutts’ Student Career Services Committee is joined by the Membership Involvement, Marketing Communications, Student Recruitment and Government Relations Committees to comprise the Board.
“My role of chair is basically to organize those committees to ensure that all members connect with their interests in the University,” said Douglas Rothwell, outgoing chairperson of the Board of Visitors. “For example, if they want to help their school, if they want to help the town of Chapel Hill, if they want to work on a certain project, then we get them connected.”
Stutts first got involved with the Board because of his interest in helping current students at Carolina.
“Everyone comes to the Board of Visitors with a different passion,” Stutts said. “It's all to help the University, but for me, I'm most interested in engaging with the students.”
As chairperson of the Student Career Services Committee, Stutts said he worked to bring together students with alumni in their field of interest who could impart their wisdom. After multiple different iterations of these student-alumni interactions, Stutts is confident of the solution they found.
“We set up small groups of students paired with two or three members of the Board that hosted these dinners around Chapel Hill,” Stutts said. “It's just a way to bring together a group of people who want to help students, who want to provide these connections, and students, that could use some of that guidance.