Former UNC system president Tom Ross and educator and community volunteer Shirley Frye received UNCG’s two highest university-wide awards for community service. The 2016 University Honors ceremony was held May 12.
Tom Ross received the Charles Duncan McIver Award, also known as the McIver Medal, for his distinguished service to North Carolina. Ross has not only served as president of the UNC system, but also as a superior court judge, administrator of the state court system, president of Davidson College and executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. A Greensboro native and a graduate of what is now known as Grimsley High School, Ross has been a longtime advocate of local universities, and held his formal UNC system inauguration on the campuses of North Carolina A&T and UNCG in 2011. He also served on the UNCG Board of Trustees prior to his appointment as system president, including time as board chair.
The Charles Duncan McIver Award was established in 1983 to recognize North Carolinians who have rendered unusually distinguished public service to the state or nation.
Shirley Frye received the Adelaide F. Holderness/H. Michael Weaver Award for her service to Greensboro and the state of North Carolina. Frye began her career as an educator and has spent decades raising funds for higher education, serving on foundation boards and engaging in community outreach efforts. She has served as vice president of community relations for WFMY News 2, assistant to the president and director of planned giving at Bennett College and assistant vice chancellor for development and university relations at North Carolina A&T. She has served as chair of the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation’s board of directors and the Guilford Technical Community College’s board of trustees and has been a member of the boards of the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, United Way of Greensboro, Greensboro College and the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.
The Holderness/Weaver Award is named for Greensboro residents Adelaide Fortune Holderness, who passed away in 2013, and H. Michael Weaver. It recognizes North Carolinians who have rendered unusually distinguished public service to the community, state or nation but whose service may not be widely known.
UNCG Chancellor Frank Gilliam said, “I can think of no better recipients of UNCG’s highest service honors than Shirley Frye and Tom Ross – two people who have dedicated their lives to serving the people of Greensboro and North Carolina.”
By Tim Young
Visual: l-r, Shirley Frye, Chancellor Gilliam, Tom Ross