In 2004, former U.S. Ambassador Anthony S. Harrington ’63 established the Anthony Harrington Distinguished Professorship in Latin American Studies. The professorship was created to attract or retain a distinguished professor and scholar in the area of Latin American studies.

Harrington’s gift to the professorship was matched dollar-for-dollar by a challenge grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The fund also received $500,000 in matching funds from the State of North Carolina Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund to bring the total endowment to $1,500,000.

Harrington, who served as U.S. ambassador to Brazil from 1999-2001, established the professorship in honor of statesman and personal friend Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil.

Cardoso is a distinguished social scientist and an accomplished statesman.  He graduated from the University of São Palo in Brazil. A leading scholar in political economy and development, he became involved in politics in Brazil during the country’s struggle against a military regime.  He was elected senator in 1982 and later served as minister of foreign relations from 1992-1993 and minister of finance from 1993-114.  He served two successive terms, 1995-2003, as president of Brazil.

Harrington went to Brazil as ambassador with a mandate from President Bill Clinton to upgrade U.S.-Brazil relations. In recognition of Ambassador Harrington’s work, the government of Brazil conferred on him the Order of Rio Branco, Grand Cross.

Harrington is currently CEO of Stonebridge International LLC in Washington, D.C. A past chair of the UNC General Alumni Association and member of UNC’s Advisory Board for International and Area Studies, Harrington lives in Easton, Md. He and his wife, Hope, have two sons who are alumni of UNC.

The Harringtons also established the Anthony and Hope Harrington Study Abroad Scholarship Fund, which provides undergraduate scholarship for students who participate in summer, semester or year-long study abroad programs in Latin America.

Harrington Distinguished Professor in Latin American Studies

Florence E. Babb