In June 2007, Leon and Sandra Levine of Charlotte, N.C., with their daughter Lori Levine Sklut and her husband, Eric Sklut, established the Levine-Sklut Distinguished Professorship in Jewish Studies. The professorship will attract or retain distinguished faculty specializing in Jewish history or culture whose teaching and scholarship will result in active and ongoing participation in Jewish studies.

The Skluts and the Levines recognized the importance of growing the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. Eric Sklut ’80, a member of the Center for Jewish Studies’ advisory board, said he and his wife Lori were impressed by the outreach of the Center. More than 1,300 UNC students take Jewish studies courses each year.

“It has been enlightening to absorb all the Center has done to bring together the culture, history, lifestyle and other aspects of Jewish life, and to attract such a diverse student audience,” Sklut said. “We’re thrilled at how well the Center has fully entwined itself into university life and how it has drawn from so many parts of the university in doing so.”

Eric Sklut, who formerly ran his own executive search business, is the founder of Perfection Automotive Inc., which develops and markets products for Porsche and other vehicles. Eric’s father, the late Josef Sklut ’50, sister Wendy Sklut ’76, and daughter Blair Sklut ’11 also attended UNC.

Leon Levine, who lives in Charlotte with his wife, Sandra, is the founder and CEO emeritus of Family Dollar Stores Inc., which he built from a single store to a Fortune 500 company. An active community leader, Levine helped fund the expansion of the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte and helped found Shalom Park, a center of Charlotte’s growing Jewish community.

“As a university of and for the people of North Carolina, this institution has made great strides to broaden its student and faculty community and is reaching out to so many,” Leon said. “It is a wonderful asset to the state of North Carolina and its people. The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies has accomplished so much in just a few short years, and with its leadership and strong faculty base, we are hopeful this growth will continue.”

(Portions taken from an article in the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies fall 2007 newsletter.)

Levine-Sklut Distinguished Fellows

2014 – Present: Yaron Shemer