Charlotte City Council member David Howard, who became the first member of his family to pursue a college education and built a successful career in several fields, has been named this year’s winner of CPCC’s Richard H. Hagemeyer Award.
The award is given annually to a CPCC alumnus for community involvement and outstanding character.
Howard, who is also vice president of special projects and community affairs of the Housing Partnership, will be presented the award at CPCC’s spring commencement exercises May 10 at Bojangles Coliseum.
A graduate of West Charlotte High, Howard enrolled at CPCC in 1988 and then transferred to UNC Charlotte, where he earned a bachelors degree in sociology. Since then, he has held a number of positions in the fields of architecture, public relations, community relations and real estate. His current major project with the Housing Partnership is the conversion of the 100-plus acre Double Oaks housing site into a mixed-use community with about 1,000 residential units and more than 100,000 square feet of commercial and retail business space.
Howard was a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission for six years before being elected to city council, where he is serving his second term. He co-founded Mothers of Murdered Offspring in 1993 and has been recognized with several community achievement awards. He also works with Mayor Anthony Foxx and council member James Mitchell on the West Charlotte Mentoring Coalition, a new program that helps team West Charlotte High freshmen with mentors.
“I am proud to be the 2012 Hagemeyer Award winner and to say that the foundation I received at CPCC had a significant impact on my current success,” Howard said.
“When I arrived at CPCC in August 1988, all I had was a list of dreams. Thanks to the dedication and commitment of the staff and family at CPCC, I’m now living those dreams.”
The award honors Hagemeyer, who was CPCC’s president for 23 years during its high-growth years.