David Gardner Frey (AB ’64, JD ’67) established the David G. Frey Distinguished Professorship in Music in 1999. His gift of $333,000 was matched by a state grant of $167,000 to bring the total endowment for the professorship to $500,000.

This professorship reflects Frey’s interest in the arts. A member of the Carolina First Steering Committee, the Board of Directors of the Arts and Sciences Foundation and the Bicentennial Campaign Steering Committee, he also led solicitations for private funds to supplement an $8.4 million state appropriation to complete the Center for Dramatic Art. In addition, Mr. Frey established a distinguished professorship in American art, a distinguished professorship in dramatic art and an expendable fund in American art.

The Frey Foundation, created in 1974 by the late Edward J. and Frances T. Frey, supports programs that promote the arts, enhance the lives and development of women and children, protect the environment, encourage civic initiatives and advance the cause of philanthropy. The foundation established a Distinguished Visiting Professorship that attracts prominent personalities who have distinguished themselves in public service, the arts, humanities, the military and the social sciences. In addition to David G. Frey who serves as chairman, trustees of The Frey Foundation are John M. Frey and Edward J. Frey Jr.

“Liberal arts are at the heart of the educational mission at any great public university,” Frey said. “The need for private sector support has never been more critical.”

A third-generation banker from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Frey made his first visit to Chapel Hill in 1958 when his Cranbrook School track coach (Ben Snyder, ’43) brought team members to campus for spring training.

“My continued affection for the University and Chapel Hill is heightened by the fact that I was admitted as a non-resident under such competitive standards . . . I’ve met fabulous people and made life-long friendships through my years at Carolina,” he said.

Frey is married to the former Judith Campbell Spindle. They have two sons, David G. Frey Jr. ’03 and Campbell W. Frey, ’05.

David G. Frey Distinguished Professors

2002 – Present:  Timothy Carter