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Nancy H. Nye of Chapel Hill was a University employee for 23 years. She was recognized for her contributions to the campus in 1990 with the Governor’s Award for Excellence.

Nye joined the Department of Pathology in 1990 and administered clinical and basic science operation with a budget of about $12 million and more than 400 affiliated faculty, staff, residents and students. In just a few months on the job, Nye made significant improvements to administrative systems and the productivity of faculty and staff.

Previously, Nye was administrative manager of the Department of Biochemistry. She was affiliated with the department for 22 years.

Nye was credited with helping three chairmen establish the biochemistry department as one of the nation’s best. She led efforts to obtain industry funding for training programs and helped faculty apply for grants. She also started the department’s computerized management information system and served four years on the medical school’s managers’ advisory committee.

Stuart Bondurant, then dean of the School of Medicine, said in the award citation that Nye was “one of the two or three most effective people in her position in the University.” Her work, he said, “is characterized by accuracy and thoroughness as well as farsightedness.”

Within the University, Nye served on the University Managers’ Association board of directors for three years and as treasurer for two years. She was a member of a University-wide insurance committee and a performance pay review board.

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