The Morehead-Cain Alumni

Morehead-Cains: A Community of Thinkers, Leaders, Dreamers, Creators, Adventurers . . .

There are more than 3,000 Morehead-Cain Alumni living and working in virtually every state in America and in more than twenty countries around the world. This incredibly diverse community is characterized not only by a lifelong love of learning, but also by a desire to make an important and positive impact through their chosen fields.

Curious about who they are and what they’re doing?

A short list includes: two current U.S. Congressmen (four total), two Pulitzer Prize winners, the director of the National Institutes of Health (who also mapped the human genome), a Tony-nominated Broadway and film actor, a New York Times columnist, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, presidents of five colleges or universities, a Tony– and Olivier Award–nominated musical composer, a former nineteenth-century art expert at Sotheby’s who is now a director with the fine art brokers Waterhouse & Dodd, eight-time Emmy winner and head of programming for Smithsonian Television Networks, general manager of Comedy Central, CEO of, owner of the Ellevate Network for women and number six on the Top 10 Influencers list on LinkedIn, one of Explore Magazine’s top ten adventurers in Canada, chief content officer for Time Inc. and former editor of Fortune, commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference, general manager of the San Francisco Giants, president of the NBA Development League, general partner and vice chair of the New York Yankees, Google’s vice president of digital content, former chief Xbox officer at Microsoft (who launched the Xbox), cofounder of, director of the National Vaccine Office, directors of three top cancer centers (Duke, UNC, and Cedars-Sinai), cofounder and director of Vivobarefoot shoes, cofounder of the crowdfunding site, and cofounder and cochairman of the board of the Motley Fool.

Okay, so that’s not such a short list. But it barely scratches the surface when you’ve got a 3,100-member family!

The alumni are also a generous bunch, who give back to the Morehead-Cain Program in countless ways. They help select each new class of Morehead-Cain Scholars. They visit Chapel Hill and participate in the Morehead-Cain Alumni-in-Residence Program and the Alumni Speaker Series. They are thought partners for the Foundation staff and trustees, providing insight and inspiration for the continual improvement of the Program. They host Morehead-Cain Scholars as Summer Enrichment Program interns. And they support the program financially through donations to the Morehead-Cain Scholarship Fund.

Are you a Morehead-Cain hoping to get more involved with the program? Here are some great ways to connect and reconnect.