UNC Off-Campus Student Life Executive Director Receives Chamber Award

January 29, 2021

Aaron Bachenheimer, executive director of Off-Campus Student Life and Community Partnerships at UNC-Chapel Hill, was honored with the Town and Gown award from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes Bachenheimer’s “exceptional leadership and service to our community.” The award was announced Jan. 29 at the 2021 Chamber annual meeting.

The Town and Gown Award is presented annually to an individual who fosters a mutually beneficial relationship between the community and UNC-Chapel Hill. Award winners demonstrate a commitment to civic affairs and leadership in cultivating the relationship among faculty, staff, students, government officials, citizenry and the business community. 

“Aaron has demonstrated community leadership and a commitment to cultivating relationships among the University and local partners, particularly in this difficult time of COVID-19,” Chamber President Aaron Nelson said.

In his acceptance, Bachenheimer noted the importance of his partnerships both on and off campus. “I feel fortunate to have an incredible local network to support the work I do and look forward to continuing to do my part on behalf of Carolina to support this entire community,” Bachenheimer said.

Bachenheimer has worked at Carolina since 2009, serving as associate dean of students and director of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Community Involvement before moving into his current role as executive director of Off-Campus Student Life and Community Partnerships in January 2018. He has previously worked in various leadership positions within student affairs at Appalachian State University and Hampden-Sydney College. Aaron earned his EdD from North Carolina State University in Higher Education Administration, his Master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Miami University and his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University.


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