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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees has honored four recipients with the William Richardson Davie Award, the board’s highest honor, including PPD Inc. founder Fred Eshelman.

Chancellor Holden Thorp and the trustees honored Eshelman and Richard Krasno, executive director of the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust, of Chapel Hill; Gov. Beverly Perdue of Raleigh; and Richard "Stick" Williams, senior vice president
of environmental health and safety at Duke Energy Corp., of Charlotte.

Established by the Board of Trustees in 1984, the Davie Award is named for the Revolutionary War hero who is considered the father of the University. It recognizes extraordinary service to the University or society.

"With his vision and generosity," the university said in announcing the awards, "Eshelman has transformed the university’s pharmacy school, now named the Eshelman School of Pharmacy in his honor. The 1972 graduate of the school has supported Carolina with his commitment of time, service and gifts totaling more than $33 million."