The William L. Turner Award for Outstanding Contributions to Extension and Continuing Education recognizes and memorializes the distinguished leadership of William Turner and his dedication to the land grant mission of NC State University. Dr. Turner, former professor of economics and vice chancellor for extension and public service, had an illustrious professional career spanning from August 1948 through December 1989. As a result of his efforts locally as well as nationally, the role and value of continuing higher education was elevated, leading to the creation and adoption of the Continuing Education Unit (CEU) as a universal quality standard.
This annual recognition is awarded to an individual whose significant contributions and accomplishments have enhanced and reinforced extension and continuing education as being an integral component of engagement at NC State in responding to the educational needs of the various stakeholders served or in the application of research to real-life issues and problems.
One award will be presented annually at the spring NC State Outreach and Engagement Awards Celebration and Reception.
Nominees will have been active partners with one or more McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education units in the successful development and delivery of programs or services that effectively and efficiently meet the needs of a diverse constituent base. Faculty and staff (active or retired), community leaders, as well as public and private sector professionals are eligible for nomination. Among the qualifying characteristics considered in the nomination process are:
- Exemplifies the spirit of service thereby enhancing NC State’s commitment to public engagement
- Provides distinguished leadership in the creative and innovative development, implementation and evaluation of lifelong learning programs.
- Improves the quality of life for North Carolina’s citizens through the application of NC State University’s knowledge and technical resources.
- Contributes to the “scholarship of engagement” through juried publications and invited presentations.
- Utilizes state-of-the-art techniques and customer-sensitive approaches that maximized awareness of and access to outreach/extension initiatives.
- Influences the establishment or refinement of public policy that addressed issues of significance to McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education’s constituents and the University’s stakeholders in general.
- Extends the University to previously underserved citizens.
- Makes substantial, enduring contributions to community development and to the well-being of society.
MCE&CE personnel are not eligible.
2017 – Toby P. Brody
Pictured left to right: Provost Warwick Arden, Toby Brody, Chip Futrell
2016 – David J. Milidonis
Pictured: Chip Futrell (left) and Dave Milidonis (right)
2015 – Thomas K. Miller III
Pictured left to right: Alice Warren, Chip Futrell, Dr. Thomas Miller, Provost Warwick Arden, Dr. Terri Helmlinger Ratcliff
2014 – Mike A. Davis
Pictured left to right: Alice Warren, Mike Davis, Ann Turner Lichtner
2013 – John Cudd
Pictured: Alice Warren (left) and John Cudd (right)
2012 – Frederick E. Turnage (posthumous)
Pictured left to right: Jud Hair, John Turnage, Trevor Turnage Lane, Norma Turnage, Kathy Lawson, Cindy Peck, Ann Turner Lichtner
2011 – Tim G. Hatcher
Pictured left to right: Tim G. Hatcher, Marjorie Turner, Dr. James Zuiches
2010 – Guido van der Hoeven
Pictured left to right: Jud Hair, Guido van der Hoeven, Marjorie Turner, Dr. James Zuiches, Alice Warren
2009 – Denis Jackson
Pictured left to right: Alice Warren, Denis Jackson, Marjorie Turner, Dr. James Zuiches
2008 – Sondra L. Kirsch
Pictured left to right: Alice Warren, Sondra Kirsch, Dr. James Zuiches, Marjorie Turner
2007 – Elgiva D. Watson
Pictured left to right: Dr. Denis Jackson, Elgiva Watson, Marjorie Turner, Dr. Jim Zuiches
2006 – Leigh H. Hammond
Pictured left to right: Dr. Jim Zuiches, Leigh Hammond, Marjorie Turner, Dr. Denis Jackson
2005 – James W. Clark
Pictured: James W. Clark
2004 – S. Ted Pemberton
Pictured left to right: Denis S. Jackson, Marjorie Turner, S. Ted Pemberton, Chancellor Marye Anne Fox