Awards for Excellence is the most prestigious honor bestowed upon non-faculty employees. This award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of individual employees, above and beyond an employee’s normal job responsibilities.
2020 Awards for Excellence Nominations
2020 Awards for Excellence Honorees
Governor’s Award Winners since 2015
SHRA employees, including law enforcement and cooperative extension employees, working at least 30 hours each week (0.75 FTE), are eligible to be nominated for the Awards for Excellence.
Active EHRA employees, not including executive administrators, Department Heads, and faculty, working at least 30 hours each week (0.75 FTE), are also eligible to be nominated for the Awards for Excellence.
Temporary employees, retirees, groups or teams and positions classified as executive administrators are not eligible. Examples of temporary employees include, but are not limited to, graduate assistants, house officers, postdoctoral scholars, and student workers.
Individuals can be recognized who demonstrate one of the following award categories within their departments or divisions, the NC State campus community, the State of North Carolina, or the lives of others:
This category recognizes a candidate who provides/provided exceptional service that left the customer fully satisfied with their experience. The candidate exceeded expectations to meet the needs of the customer and added value to the customer experience.
Efficiency and Innovation
This category recognizes a candidate who has made a significant contribution in improving the efficiency of state government services. The candidate has established new and/or improved methods, practices, plans or designs resulting in innovation, savings and/or efficiency.
This category recognizes a candidate who has made an outstanding contribution toward enhancing the quality or morale of the workplace or toward enhancing the public image of a department or division, NC State University, or state government.
Outstanding State Government Service
This category recognizes a candidate who demonstrates an unselfish devotion to duty far and above the normal requirements and contributes significantly to the advancement of state service to the citizens of North Carolina.
This category recognizes a candidate who has made an outstanding contribution through volunteerism or through implementing community or public service projects.
Safety and Heroism
This category recognizes a candidate who demonstrates outstanding judgment or courage in an emergency, voluntarily risking his/her life or exhibited meritorious action to prevent injury, loss of life or prevented damage to or loss of property.
Spirit of North Carolina
This category recognizes a candidate who exemplifies the state motto “To be, rather than to seem” by mentoring others in the pursuit of excellence and serving as an ambassador for the State of North Carolina. This award category is reserved for exceptional circumstances and for accomplishments and achievements of the highest caliber.
All Awards for Excellence nominations require the approval of the nominee’s manager. Nominees will be disqualified in the event of any active or pending disciplinary actions or in the event of documented disciplinary actions within the preceding 18 months.
The nomination period for the 2022 Awards for Excellence program will open January 1, 2022. Nominations can be made within each College and Division; cross-unit nominations are encouraged as well.
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