Nelson Schwab: The arts and humanities prepare you “for a more whole life”

College of Arts & Sciences

Hyde Hall is the home of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. (photo by Donn Young)Nelson Schwab III (’67) has worked tirelessly in service of UNC, through work on the Board of Visitors, as a Board of Trustees member, and on the board of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. For the last two years, he served as Vice Chair of the IAH Advisory Board. Beginning July 1, 2017, Schwab began his position as Chair, succeeding Caroline Williamson. Below is an edited Q&A. You can listen to the full interview on The Institute podcast.
You were an English major. What was your favorite class?My favorite class ended up being a religion course. Dr. Boyd, who is no longer with us, he was a fantastic teacher. His courses had 300-400 people in a class and yet they were hard to get into. That was one of my favorites. You are basically studying the Bible but it came to life in that classroom. He was terrific.
Nelson Schwab IIIWhat are some of the ways you have been able to serve as a Carolina alum?It really changed my life. I came here not knowing one person and left with friends 50 years later I still have to this day. And I am making new ones still. It’s really enriched my life in so many ways. I just looked for ways to give back, to express that gratefulness in actions that would benefit the university in some way. Originally, I got involved with the Board of Visitors. And then my second area of involvement was with the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. I met IAH founder Ruel W. Tyson. This was probably about 25 years ago. I really liked what he was trying to do. It was the very early days of the Institute. He asked me to help and I …

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