The Ned Brooks Award for Public Service honors the contributions and values of Ned Brooks, who has served the University since 1972, making significant contributions to the mission of service and engagement, including a leadership role in the development of the Carolina Center for Public Service. The award recognizes a staff or faculty member of the UNC-Chapel Hill community who throughout his/her career has, in a collaborative and sustained manner, made a difference in the larger community by:
- encouraging active involvement of others in service to and engagement with the community beyond the University, and/or
- directly providing public service beyond the University, and
- mentoring, inspiring and providing opportunities for others to effectively make a difference in the larger community.
The award is based on a sustained record of service over a period of years carried out through the individual’s role(s) at the University rather than as a private citizen. All faculty and staff are eligible. One award is given annually.
Nominations for the Ned Brooks Award are closed.
2016 award recipient
The 2016 Ned Brooks Award for Public Service recipient is Beverly Foster, clinical associate professor and director of undergraduate education in the School of Nursing. Foster is recognized for more than 30 years of providing and supporting public service within UNC and across North Carolina. Dr. Foster remains active in many local and state agencies related to health and human services, having served for many years on the Orange County Board of Health and, as chair and member Healthy Carolinians in Orange County. At the state level she was appointed by the governor to the Healthy Carolinians Advisory Board and serves as board chair of the Foundation for Nursing Excellence. Her knowledge of public health and commitment to improving health outcomes created lasting impressions on the local and state levels.