Oliver honored for service with Massey Award

Thursday, April 15, 2010 — Patricia Oliver, assistant dean for finance in the UNC School of Medicine, has been honored by UNC-Chapel Hill with a 2010 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award, one of the most coveted distinctions Carolina bestows to faculty and staff.

Oliver honored for service with Massey Award click to enlarge Patricia Oliver

CHAPEL HILL, NC - The late C. Knox Massey of Durham created the awards in 1980 to recognize "unusual, meritorious or superior contributions" by UNC employees. In 1984, he joined the families of his son, Knox Massey Jr., and daughter, Kay Massey Weatherspoon, in creating the Massey-Weatherspoon fund. Income from the fund supports the Massey Awards and Carolina Seminars, which promote interdisciplinary thought, study, discussion and intellectual interchange on a wide variety of topics.

Chancellor Holden Thorp will host a dinner for the recipients April 24 to celebrate the 31st year of the awards. Thorp selected this year’s recipients based on nominations from the campus community, and each honoree will receive an award citation and a $6,000 stipend.

The other recipients are:

  • Bruce Carney of Carrboro, executive vice chancellor and provost;
  • Anson Dorrance of Chapel Hill, women’s soccer coach;
  • Stephen Farmer of Carrboro, associate provost and director of undergraduate admissions;
  • James Steven Reznick of Chapel Hill, psychology professor and associate dean of the Undergraduate Education Office; and
  • Nihlei Tial of Chapel Hill, housekeeper in the Joyner and Connor residence halls.


To learn more about each winner, read this story in the University Gazette.