Former UNC Charlotte chancellor James Woodward is among six people who will be presented the North Carolina Award, the state’s highest civilian honor, next month.
The awards, given annually since 1964, recognize state and national contributions in fine arts, literature, public service and science. Gov. Roy Cooper will present the awards at a Nov. 9 banquet and ceremony in Raleigh.
Woodward, who served as UNCC’s chancellor from 1989 to 2005, will be recognized for public service.
Woodward contributed to educational and cultural institutions in Charlotte and throughout the state with “integrity, leadership skills and vision,” according to a Department of Natural and Cultural Resources announcement of the awards. “Dr. Woodward has been called upon numerous times by community and state leaders to provide counsel, as well as to direct educational institutions and initiatives.”
Before coming to UNCC, Woodward worked in private industry and taught at N.C. State University, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he served as senior vice president for academic affairs. His previous honors include the naming of the UNCC science and technology building in 2005 as James H. and Martha H. Woodward Hall.
Other award winners: Margaret Donovan Bauer of Greenville for literature; Philip Freelon of Durham for fine arts; R.K.M. Jayanty of Cary for science; former Attorney General Loretta Lynch of Durham for public service; and Jane Smith Patterson of Chapel Hill for public service.