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.
William Gentry, assistant director and executive programs director for the Community Preparedness and Disaster Management program in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, received the 2014 Ned Brooks Award for Public Service. Gentry was recognized for his decades-long commitment to the advancement of disaster preparedness and his impact in the field of emergency management.