Don Dixon, a venture capital executive, and his wife, Betsy, of Palo Alto, Calif., established this distinguished professorship in honor of Richard M. Krasno, executive director of the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust and president of the four affiliated William R. Kenan Jr. funds.

“Through our long-term friendship, Dick Krasno has made me aware of the importance of endowed professorships, because they allow the University to attract and retain top-notch teachers and scholars,” said Don Dixon. “Dick is in the business of giving away endowed professorships. I thought, what better way to honor my friend than endowing a professorship at Carolina in his name?”

The Dixons contributed $666,000 toward the professorship, which will be matched by $334,000 in funds from the state’s Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund to create a $1 million professorship.

The professorship will support an outstanding teacher and scholar in the interdisciplinary curriculum in peace, war and defense in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences. The Dixons’ son, Peter, graduated from UNC in 2006 with a double major in peace, war and defense and political science.

Before joining the Kenan trust, Krasno was president of the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California and president and CEO of the Institute of International Education in New York. He also was deputy assistant U.S. secretary of education and an officer of the Ford Foundation.

Krasno has served on a number of corporate and nonprofit boards, including the board of directors of UNC Health Care. He is a former chairman of the Rhodes Scholarship selection committee in North Carolina and a trustee of the Eisenhower Fellowship Program.

Don Dixon is co-founder and managing director of  Trident Capital, an equity and venture capital firm.

Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor

Klaus W. Larres