My days here are packed with meetings with students seeking advice on their ventures, classes designed to give students the tools needed to succeed , and meetings with faculty who are thinking up new ways to make the soil even more fertile for innovation in Chapel Hill. Each day I am here makes me prouder to be a Tar Heel.
As I wrote earlier, to the extent that I have achieved anything in life it has been because of the help I have received along the way. Nothing illustrates this better than the scholarship I received from the Morehead-Cain Foundation that brought me to UNC in 1979. The Foundation paid not only my tuition and living expenses but also provided resources for me to do several internships - including an extended stint in Kenya and Nepal - that put me on the path I have been on my entire professional career in international development.
But above all, they deserve my thanks. I hope I will live long enough to repay what they and others at the Foundation have done for me.