CORRECTION: A prior version of this article incorrectly identified the number of faculty that has been supported by The Institute for the Arts and Humanities. The number is over 1000. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for this error.
CORRECTION: A prior version of this article incorrectly identified Ruel Tyson Jr. as simply specializing in religious studies. Tyson Jr. was a professor in the field. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for this error.
The founder of UNC’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Ruel Tyson, Jr., died last week, following a career at the University which spanned several decades.
Tyson, a professor in religious studies, joined the University in 1967. The North Carolina native was born in 1930 and spent his early life studying at universities across the nation and in England, before settling down as the chairperson of the Department of Religious Studies at his home state’s flagship university.
“He was a visionary leader in the area of faculty development and faculty support, and in advocacy for the arts and humanities,” said Mark Katz, the director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.