|C. Felix Harvey|
The C. Felix Harvey Award to Advance Institutional Priorities recognizes exemplary faculty scholarship that reflects one of the University’s top priorities. The annual Harvey Award, endowed by a $2 million commitment from the Harvey family of Kinston, N.C., provides $75,000 to fund the winning project. The first competition was held in 2008.
The award's namesake, C. Felix Harvey, is chairman of Harvey Enterprises & Affiliates and founder of the Little Bank Inc., both in Kinston. He graduated from UNC with a degree in commerce in 1943 and went to the Navy midshipman school, then served on a PT boat in the southwest Pacific theater during World War II. Now as chairman of Harvey Enterprises & Affiliates, he heads privately-held, family-owned interests ranging from farming and agricultural production supplies to real estate, financial institutions and insurance. It includes L. Harvey and Son Company, the oldest private company still in existence in North Carolina, founded in 1871. Harvey also has served on the corporate boards of five companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Harvey is a community advocate as well as a businessman. He is a lifetime member and supporter of the Salvation Army and served on the City of Kinston Board of Education for 10 years, two as chairman. He founded and headed the Kinston Industrial Development Corporation and was instrumental in the formation of the North Carolina Global TransPark, the effort to create an air-cargo manufacturing park to help boost eastern North Carolina's economy. His numerous achievement and citizenship awards include induction into the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 2001.Harvey's service to UNC includes stints as a trustee, as well as president of the Educational Foundation and the UNC Business Foundation, which raised $9 million for the construction of Carroll Hall. For his service, Harvey earned the UNC General Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Medal in 1995.
2011: No award given
2010: No award given