From left, Kevin Guskiewicz, Lanier May, Jamie May (holding the special proclamation in his honor) and Sunny Burrows. (photo courtesy of Fire Rose Photography NC).Jamie May, former senior associate dean for development and executive director of the Arts and Sciences Foundation, was awarded the William F. Little Award for Distinguished Service to the College of Arts and Sciences in recognition of his extraordinary leadership and service.
The honor was presented at an Arts and Sciences Foundation board dinner on April 5.
Former employees, board members and deans shared remarks about May. Former Chancellor Holden Thorp, his wife, Patti, and their son, John, joined creative writing professor Bland Simpson in performing three songs as a tribute to May. They performed the title song from the musical King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running, “What I Did for Love” from A Chorus Line, and a special song, “Jamie,” a re-lyricized version of “Catfish” from Pump Boys & Dinettes.
Dean Kevin Guskiewicz and Arts and Sciences Foundation board chair Sunny Burrows read a proclamation created in May’s honor.
“Jamie is a consummate storyteller, and one of the secrets of being a great storyteller is making an immediate connection with people. It’s also the secret of a great fundraiser,” Guskiewicz said. “Jamie’s stories and deep connections have created a proliferation of gifts over time that keep on giving.”
The proclamation praised May as a “historian, proud veteran, accomplished fundraiser, avid Tar Heel, beloved mentor and staunch advocate for the arts and sciences.” He was also recognized for “respecting and empowering his team, and motivating and inspiring them to strive for excellence, while also possessing the ability to inject lightheartedness, fun and laughter into varied situations.”
May graduated from Davidson College in 1970 with an undergraduate degree in history and earned a master’s in history from Georgia State University in 1976. He served Davidson for …