Ned Brooks Award

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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 2015 Ned Brooks Award at the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal are now closed.

2015 award recipient

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The 2015 Ned Brooks Award for Public Service went to Mike Smith, dean of the School of Government 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 School of Government’s existing resources and learn how the School can better meet these public servants’ needs. His approach to mentoring, inspiring and providing opportunities for others to make a positive impact in the community has expanded public service beyond the University and the School of Government.