Neil Bolick, Associate Director of World View retired February 28 amongst warm wishes from colleagues, family and friends. Having created and developed World View’s community college program from the very beginning, Neil traveled the state for the past 15 years building strong partnerships and collaborations in urban and rural communities. Fluent in Chinese and a veteran business person, Neil combined his many talents to effectively to create meaningful symposia, seminars and workshops as well as lead global study visits to Turkey, China, the Balkans, Germany, Costa Rica… just to name a few. Each time, K- 12 and community college educators returned from study visits having had a unique global experience facilitated by Neil.
In the past several years Neil led the way with his UNC and community college colleagues in developing the NC Global Distinction Program, which now serves as a national model for university and community college collaborations. The initiative impacts hundreds of faculty and students throughout the state.
UNC Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives, Carol Tresolini, reflects on Neil’s accomplishments: “Neil’s contributions to the University and the state are innumerable and will continue to have an impact through the programs and networks that he has created and nurtured over the years. His work has touched scores of teachers and—through them—the many students who ultimately are the beneficiaries of Neil’s knowledge, wisdom and efforts.”
Thank you Neil for all you have contributed and accomplished as Associate Director of World View. You will be missed and we wish you all the very best in your well-deserved retirement.