Alumni Profiles

Lawton Ives

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC

High School: NC School of Science and Math

Academic Interests: Statistics & Analytics (major), Energy & the Environment (certificate)

Extracurriculars/Hobbies:  Politics, Student Government, Venture Capital, Running, Hiking, Skiing, Cycling

Growing up in London, England and Chapel Hill, NC I was lucky enough to be exposed to a wide variety of directions I could take my future.  Many of my most formative experiences have come in the outdoors.  Whether learning how to mountain bike in the mountains of western North Carolina, hiking sections of the Pacific Crest Trail, or trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, challenges presented by nature have helped me make some of my best friends and taught me how to accomplish other more meaningful goals.   I am not certain of the direction that I will ultimately take my life, but I am particularly interested in the intersection between public service and private enterprise. In my first year at UNC, I have worked to build the budding Institute of Politics on campus and laid the groundwork for a new angel-investing network.

What drew you to the Robertson Program?

I chose to come to Carolina because of the wide range of opportunities available at such a big, thriving institution.  Applying to the Robertson Program as a first-year was a phenomenal way to make this range of opportunities even bigger. The flexibility to pursue interesting summer opportunities and the chance to join a community of other driven students on both campuses is unbeatable.

How has your experience with the Robertson shaped your goals and career path? 

As someone who came into college with broad academic and personal goals, Robertson has given me the perfect set opportunities to explore academically and leave college with a strong set of personal and professional goals.  Summers in the Mississippi Delta and Yellowstone National Park pushed me out of my comfort zone in ways that would not have been possible without the financial support.  Being a “dual citizen” of both universities has allowed me to take a unique combination of classes that has given me a detailed knowledge of energy and environmental-related issues.  Most importantly, the Robertson values of purposeful leadership, intellectual curiosity, strength of character, and collaborative spirit are ever-present in scholar programming and guide my moral compass.

What has been your favorite Robertson moment so far? 

During my campus switch semester in the spring of 2019, I “tented” with a group of Duke students and attended the Duke-UNC basketball game in Cameron Indoor Stadium.  I will never forget quietly willing the Tar Heels to victory alongside another UNC scholar.  President Obama was just a few feet away.  I like to think he was quietly cheering on the Heels just like us!

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