Beverly Foster, clinical associate professor and director of undergraduate education in the School of Nursing, received the 2016 Ned Brooks Award for Public Service 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.
Mike Smith, dean of the School of Government (SOG), received the 2015 Ned Brooks Award for his 37 years of providing and supporting public service within UNC and across North Carolina. He engages with city and county officials across the state to share the SOG’s existing resources and learn how the School can better meet these public servants’ needs.
William Gentry, assistant director and executive programs director for the Community Preparedness and Disaster Management program in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, was recognized for his decades-long commitment to the advancement of disaster preparedness and his impact in the field of emergency management.
Stephen Caiola, associate professor in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy was recognized for more than four decades of promoting public service through his work with UNC Hospitals and at the School of Pharmacy. After establishing the clinical pharmacy program at UNC Hospitals, he worked with Orange Chatham Comprehensive Health Service to move UNC into the community to improve the healthcare needs of the underserved. He also involved pharmacy students as charter members of the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC), the oldest health affairs student-run clinic in the country.
For the first time, the Ned Brooks Award was presented to two individuals, Shirley Ort and Fred Clark, because they were an integral team that worked together to increase opportunities and improve the lives of thousands of young people across North Carolina and throughout the nation. Ort was the director of the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid, and Clark was professor of Portuguese in the Department of Romance Languages and Literature. They received this honor for their work with the Carolina Covenant, a landmark program that provides debt-free education to youth from low-income families.
Alice Ammerman, professor in the School of Global Public Health and director of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, received the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service for lasting and collaborative relationships resulting in broad service to the community.
Eugene Sandler, professor emeritus, received the Ned Brooks award in recognition of his contributions during his 30-year career at the UNC School of Dentistry.