Charlotte attorney William Claytor recently received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest honor bestowed by the state.
Claytor is a past chairman of the Central Piedmont Community College board of trustees.
CPCC president Tony Zeiss presented Claytor with the award on behalf of Gov. Pat McCrory.
Past recipients of the award include Maya Angelou, Bonnie Cone, Dale Earnhardt, William Friday, Billy Graham, Andy Griffith, Michael Jordan, Charles Kuralt, Doug Marlette and Bob Timberlake.
Claytor served as a CPCC trustee from 1977 to 1993 and chaired the CPCC board from 1985 to 1993. He also served on the CPCC Foundation board of directors for many years, including multiple terms as board vice president.
Claytor is a partner in the law firm of Baucom, Claytor, Benton, Morgan & Wood and a former president of the Mecklenburg County Bar Association.
Earlier this year, the CPCC Foundation established a scholarship in honor of Claytor. The William M. Claytor Scholarship is an annual, full-tuition grant for one CPCC student per year.