BOARD OF GOVERNORS AWARDS
The Board of Governors presents the following awards to deserving recipients who demonstrate excellence in areas of teaching, research, and public service.
OLIVER MAX GARDNER AWARD
The Gardner Award, first presented in 1949, is given annually to a member of the faculty of the University of North Carolina System, who, during the current scholastic year, has made “the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race.” The award is the highest honor the System confers on faculty and all faculty members across all of its 17 campuses are eligible.
THE GOVERNOR JAMES E. HOLSHOUSER, JR. AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC SERVICE
The Public Service Award, presented annually, was created in 2007 to encourage, identify, recognize, and reward public service by faculty of the University. Faculty of any of the 17 institutions of the University of North Carolina are eligible. At its August 2013 meeting, the Board of Governors unanimously approved a resolution to rename the award after Governor James E. Holshouser, Jr.
AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
The Teaching Awards were established in 1994 to underscore the importance of teaching and to encourage, identify, recognize, reward, and support good teaching within the University. These awards are presented annually to a member of the faculty of each of the constituent institutions of the University.
The University Award, created in 1979, periodically recognizes illustrious service to higher education and is the highest distinction of this nature that the University bestows. Administrators or faculty members of the University are not eligible for the Award, nor are voting members of the Board of Governors or of the institutional boards of trustees.