Director’s Council

The Kenan Institute Director’s Council serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas among corporate executives, academic researchers and leading policymakers committed to leveraging private enterprise for the public good.

Through a variety of conferences, symposia, expert speakers and closed-door roundtable discussions, the institute connects Director’s Council members and institutions to generate a deep understanding of the most important opportunities and challenges facing the global economy. These events foster dialogue on actionable, research-based ideas to influence policy and improve the lives of people around the world.

In addition to these events, Director’s Council members are invited to join Kenan Institute staff and research fellows in the field to see how our work is improving communities in North Carolina and beyond.

Director’s Council participation supports the institute’s core initiatives in entrepreneurship, dynamic economies and global commerce by funding programs, research and graduate student fellows.

Individual: $5,000 or above
Corporate: $25,000 or above
Kenan Institute Roundtable


David Knowles
Director of Business Development and Finance


Lee S. Ainslie
Managing Partner, Maverick Capital Management LLC

Charles R. Brindell
Chairman & CEO, Mill Creek Residential Trust, LLC

Susan E. Cates
Former Chief Operating Officer, 2U, Inc.

Sanford A. Cockrell
National Managing Partner, CFO Program, Deloitte LLP

Ross M. Cowan
Senior Managing Director, Northwood Investors LLC

Donna J. Dean
Chief Investment Officer, Rockefeller Foundation

Steven M. Durham
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Deborah H. Ellis
Time Warner Inc., (retired)

R. K. Griffin
President and Chief Operating Officer (retired), BioMed Realty

William R. Hackney
Senior Partner, Atlanta Capital Management Company

Mary Moore Hamrick
National Managing Principal, Public Policy, Grant Thornton

Rolf K. Hoffmann
SVP US Commercial Operations (retired), Amgen

Leo S. Horey
Chief Administrative Officer, AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

Bobby G. Jenkins
Chief Financial Officer, Silverchair Information Systems

Lynn D. Lewis
Vice President, Business Development, Covance

Brian Mashburn
Partner, Deloitte, LLP

William M. Matthews
President, WMM Company Inc

Paul F. McBride
Senior Vice President, HR, Black & Decker Corporation

John S. McColl
Executive Vice President, Cousins Properties Inc.

William O. McCoy
Partner, Franklin Street Partners

Bruce B. McNair
Principal, Avison Young

Nancy S. Millett
Partner, Deloitte LLP

Everette E. Mills
Chief Financial Officer (retired), Macfield Texturing

Steve M. Moore
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

William M. Moore
Managing Partner, Tidewater Equity Partners

C. M. Nassif
CPA, C Martin Nassif CPA

Earl N. Phillips
Ambassdor to the Eastern Caribbean (retired), U.S. Ambassador

Charles M. Reeves III
President, Reeves Properties

Zachary T. Rike
Founder, ZTR Enterprises LLC

William L. Rogers
Founder and Chairman, TexWest LLC

Charles E. Sams, Jr.
Former Chairman (retired), Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

Robert E. Scheppegrell
Senior Vice President, Customer Solutions, Lincoln Financial Group

Kevin S. Smith
Senior Managing Director, Macquarie Group

William N. Starling
CEO, Managing Director, Synecor, Synergy Life Science Partners

John L. Townsend
Senior Advisor, Tiger Management LLC

Pearce Weaver
Senior Vice President, Fidelity Investments

Vanessa A. Wittman
Chief Financial Officer (retired), Dropbox

William J. Wolf
Chief Human Resources Officer, Santander

H. O. Woltz
Chairman, President & CEO, Insteel Industries Inc

Robert G. Wright
Chairman, Kimley-Horn

Tucker York
Global Head of Private Wealth Mgmt., Goldman Sachs

Event Schedule

The Business of Healthcare: Adapting to an Aging Economy
The aging of the boomer generation combined with increased longevity is ushering in a huge wave of older adults, a silver tsunami which will dramatically transform all of our nation’s social, economic, and political institutions.
2018 Investment Outlook
Featured speakers and roundtable discussions will explore investment challenges and opportunities in 2018. Participants will include leading authorities in investment management, public finance, private equity, venture capital, and hedge funds.
Kenan Institute Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Conference
This invitation-only conference will convene 100 thought-leaders from academics, industry and government to debate the most challenging current issues in the field of entrepreneurship and set the agenda for future research and policy.
UNC Alternative Investments Conference
Since 2008, the Alternative Investments Conference has served as a forum for private equity, hedge fund, venture capital, and other alternative asset professionals to network, share ideas, and stay abreast of industry trends.
Global Trade, Global Trade-offs: Emerging Challenges in International Commerce
The increasingly open flow of goods and services has fundamentally altered the world economy and global power balances. It is also reshaping the American political system and our economic geography, providing clear and lasting benefits for some and negative impacts for others. This conference convenes thought leaders from the business community, government and academia to explore the core questions of the impact of international trade on society, the changing nature of work and economic productivity.
2019 UNC Sustainability Awards
The prestigious UNC Sustainability Awards recognize leadership and best practice in environmental and business sustainability for North Carolina enterprises. A rigorous selection process chooses winners from a large pool of nominees. The event provides an opportunity for innovators to share their stories and be recognized by the Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise and the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at this invitation-only dinner.