Morehead-Cains on the move: Fall 2021

News & Spotlights | December 8, 2021
Fall scene on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. November 16, 2021.
(Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Morehead-Cain Scholars and Alumni landed new jobs, assumed leadership roles, published books, received advanced degrees and prestigious scholarships, were recognized for public service and academic excellence, and more. Here’s who made a move this fall.

  • U.S. Representative David Price ’61 (North Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District) announced his decision to not seek reelection. The alumnus began serving in Congress in 1987.
  • John Sherrill ’63 received the 2021 Chief Justice Harold G. Clarke Award.
  • Michael Almond ’71 (Law Fellow ’76) released his debut novel, The Tannery. The book is “a work of historical fiction set in the turbulent turn-of-the-century life and times of Wilkes County, North Carolina in 1900.”
  • Francis Collins ’77, director of the National Institutes of Health, announced plans to step down from the NIH by the end of 2021 after serving in the position for more than 12 years.
  • North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper ’79 received the William Richardson Davie Award, the UNC–Chapel Hill Board of Trustees’ highest honor.
  • Laura Alexander-Elliott ’81 was appointed to the mission engagement team for the Western North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
  • Robbie Bach ’84 published his novel, The Wilkes Insurrection.
  • Robyn Hadley ’85 received the William Richardson Davie Award, the UNC–Chapel Hill Board of Trustees’ highest honor.
  • Frank Bruni ’86 received the 2021 Thomas Wolfe Prize from the UNC Department of English & Comparative Literature.
  • Brad Ives ’86 launched Credo ESG Solutions, an advisory firm that serves private equity firms and their portfolio companies.
  • Ned Sharpless ’88 and John Swofford ’71 received Distinguished Alumni Awards on Carolina’s University Day.
  • Liz Price ’92 was named among the Washington Business Journal’s “Power 100.”
  • Jonathan Justice ’95 joined Chilton Trust, an independent wealth management firm, as managing director and senior advisor.
  • Michelle Jana Chan ’96 published her book, Song, in North America (the book was originally published in 2018 in England).
  • Pam Oliver ’96, executive vice president of Novant Health, was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Psi Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity for the alumna’s health equity work and service to the Winston-Salem community during the pandemic.
  • Daina Bray ’98 joined Yale Law School’s Law, Ethics & Animals Program as a senior litigation fellow and project manager for LEAP’s Climate, Animal, Food, and Environmental Law & Policy Lab initiative.
  • Jamie DeMent Holcomb ’01 announced her bid for a North Carolina Senate seat (District 23).
  • Hassan Kingsberry ’01 was named town attorney for Wake Forest, North Carolina.
  • Joanna Pearson ’02 released a novel, Now You Know It All, published by University of Pittsburgh Press.
  • Cuttino Alexander ’06 graduated from the U.S. Air Force Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. The alumnus was commissioned to be a chaplain, first lieutenant, in the United States Air Force Reserve Command.
  • Antonio McBroom ’08, a franchise owner and developer for Ben & Jerry’s, received the 2021 Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the UNC General Alumni Association.
  • Haley Swindal ’08 performed in her new cabaret show, Back in Business, at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City.
  • Joshua Ford ’12 launched HipTrain, a one-on-one personal training platform.
  • Soltan Bryce ’13 earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School (HBS). As a 2021–2022 Leadership Fellow for HBS, Soltan was placed at Boston Medical Center as a special assistant to the chief operating officer and executive vice president of strategy.
  • Madhu Vulimiri ’14 was promoted to deputy director for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Child and Family Well-Being.
  • Andrew Powell ’15 and Sasha Seymore ’15 were named on Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30” list for 2022 (education sector) for co-founding Learn to Win, a mobile learning platform.
  • Evelyn Morris ’20 co-founded a climate action platform called On The Level to connect activists to opportunities.
  • Tai Huynh ’20, a Town of Chapel Hill council member, and Jonathan Reckford ’84, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, broke ground on the Weaver’s Grove community, a mixed-use development that will provide 237 housing units to Chapel Hill, 101 of which will be affordable homes.
  • Justin Hadad ’21 was named a Rhodes Scholar to pursue graduate studies at Oxford University, becoming the 53rd Tar Heel and 34th Morehead-Cain to receive the scholarship.
  • Kimathi Muiruri ’21 was named a Rhodes Scholar to pursue graduate studies at Oxford University, becoming the 54th Tar Heel and 35th Morehead-Cain to receive the scholarship. The alumnus made Carolina history for being the third Tar Heel to be awarded the Rhodes in the same year.
  • Takhona Hlatshwako ’22 was named a Rhodes Scholar to pursue graduate studies at Oxford University, becoming the 52nd Tar Heel and 33rd Morehead-Cain to receive the award. Hlatshwako is among the first from Eswatini to receive the Rhodes, and she was selected through the Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, and Eswatini Scholarship (BLMNS) under the Rhodes Trust.
  • Eleven Morehead-Cain Scholars were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa: A.K. Aluise ’22, Daniel Bonomo ’22, Kristina Chapple ’22, Michael Dorgan ’22, Charlotte Dorn ’22, Alex Mazer ’22, Jack Moore ’22, Kelsey Rappe ’22, Sanya Shah ’22, Ray Palma ’23, and Ananya Tadikonda ’23.

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