Keohane Visiting Professor’s fall residency to focus on philanthropy and the academy

Sherry Magill
Sherry Magill

Sherry Magill, former president/executive director of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, will spend the fall 2019 semester at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University focusing on the issue of philanthropy and the academy.

She will be on the UNC campus Sept. 9-20.

Magill, the Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor, will lead a variety of public events on both campuses with the theme: “Southern Summit on Philanthropy and the Academy.”

“Philanthropy and the Academy” is part of Southern Futures at UNC, a pan-University initiative to bring together unrivaled southern expertise and resources for transformative impact on campus, in the state and across the South.

“The opportunity of the Keohane Professorship allows us to gather together people from diverse perspectives to listen to and learn from each other,” said Elizabeth Engelhardt, interim senior associate dean for fine arts and humanities and John Shelton Reed Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies. “Community leaders, foundation thinkers and university participants who all live and work in the U.S. South and who have shared visions of the possibility and promise of southern communities are invited to this semester-long conversation.”

Together Duke and UNC will discuss how to connect the principal concerns of philanthropic foundations, higher education institutions and Southern communities. What are the missed connections and possibilities between these participants and institutions? What can they build if they work together?

Magill served as president/executive director of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, a private grantmaking foundation, in Jacksonville, Florida, from 1993 to 2018. Prior to joining the Fund’s staff in 1991, she served as vice president and deputy to the president of Washington College on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Alabama and a doctorate in American studies from Syracuse University.

The Keohane Visiting Professorship recognizes the contributions of former Duke President Nannerl Keohane and her collaboration with former UNC Chancellor James Moeser. September events, open to the public, will be on the UNC campus.

The award was created in 2004 by then Chancellor Moeser and is funded by Carolina graduate Julian Robertson and his late wife, Josie, of New York (parents of Spencer, Duke ’98 and Alex, UNC ’01, Robertson) and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.

Visit the “Southern Summit on Philanthropy and the Academy” for more details on September events and information on November programming, which will be on the Duke campus.

See the slate of September events at UNC below:

Schedule (subject to change):

*All events are open to the public; please note where RSVP is requested.

First Residency (Sept 9-20)

Week One — Unfinished Business: The Past and Future of the South

Sept 11, 9 a.m.: Public Forum:  25 years in Southern philanthropy 
Donovan Lounge, Greenlaw Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill 

  • Presenter: 
    • Sherry Magill

Breakfast provided

Sept 11, 4-5:30 p.m.: Public Panel: The Unfinished Business of the South
Institute for the Arts and Humanities University Room, Hyde Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill

  • Presenters: 
    • Sherry Magill
    • David Dodson

Reception: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Hyde Hall

Sept 12, 4-5:30 p.m. Public Panel: Persistent Poverty and Persistent Racism 
Institute for the Arts and Humanities University Room, Hyde Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill

  • Presenters:
    • Sherry Magill
    • Bill Bynum
    • Karl Stauber
    • Carolyn Barnes

Sept 13, 12-1:30 p.m. Public Forum: Journalism, Law, and Storytelling 
Center for the Study of the American South, Love House and Hutchins Forum, UNC-Chapel Hill

  • Presenters: 
    • Steve Suitts
    • Hodding Carter
    • Tom Rankin

Lunch Provided—please RSVP to Terri Lorant (

Week Two — EMERGING ISSUES: Climate Change and Human Trafficking

Sept 17, 4-5:30 p.m. Public Panel: Vulnerable Places and Resilience
Institute for the Arts and Humanities University Room, Hyde Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill

  • Presenters:
    • Sherry Magill
    • Maria Estorino
    • Dawn Shireffs
    • Maria DeGuzman

Sept. 19, 4-5:30 p.m.: Public Panel: Vulnerable People and Resilience
Morehead Lounge, Graham Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill

  • Presenters:
    • Sherry Magill
    • Lawanda Ravoira
    • Alyssa Beck
    • Charlene Fletcher

See below for a full list of conveners, participants, faculty and community partners:


Elizabeth Engelhardt 
Malinda Maynor Lowery 
Wesley Hogan
Thomas S. Rankin 

Invited/Confirmed Participants in Philanthropy and Community Capital:

Sherry Magill 
David Dodson, Manpower Development Corporation
Bill Bynum, Hope Credit Union, Mississippi
Karl Stauber, Former President and CEO, Danville Regional Foundation
Dawn Shireffs, Miami Community Foundation 
Paul Tutwiler, Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation
Jane Henderson, Virginia Community Capital
Gene Cochrane, Duke Endowment

Confirmed Faculty and Community Partners:

Carolyn Barnes, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
Steve Suitts, Emory University
Maria Estorino, Wilson Library, UNC
Maria De Guzman, Department of English and Comparative Literature, UNC
Lawanda Ravoira, Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center
Alyssa Beck, Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center
Charlene Fletcher, Indiana University
Shannon Nazworth, Ability Housing
Wight Greger, Redevelopment Consultant, WsG and Partners
Joan Alker, Georgetown University
Mark Holmes, UNC
Laura Bailet, Kaplan Early Learning Company