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Lambeth honored – Focus on policy

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By Todd Cohen

WINST0N-SALEM, N.C. — As it prepares to map its future, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem has funded a professorship for its recently retired executive director, and retained him as a part-time senior fellow.

Public policy will be the focus of the Thomas Willis Lambeth chair at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to be funded with $667,000 from the foundation and $333,000 in state matching funds.

As a senior fellow, Lambeth will work on special projects, particularly involving public schools and higher education.

Tom Ross, Lambeth’s successor, is gearing up for a board and staff retreat this summer to explore its future. While no decisions have been made, he said, the foundation remains committed to diversity and to public policy work.

“If we cannot learn to better understand, work with, live with, socialize with, share with, play with, worship with and love people different from us,” he said told the Triangle chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, “we will not be able to come together and solve the other issues we face.”

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