2014 Leadership North Carolina Awards

Each year Leadership North Carolina presents three awards that recognize citizens who have made profound contributions to our communities and our state.  Recipients of the 2014 LNC Awards were Jim and Ann Goodnight, Carr Ipock, and Jessica Graham.

Jim and Ann Goodnight accept the Leadership North Carolina Governor's Award from Governor Pat McCrory

Jim and Ann Goodnight accept the Leadership North Carolina Governor’s Award from Governor Pat McCrory

Dr. Jim Goodnight, co-founder of SAS, and Ann Goodnight were honored with the LNC Governor’s Award for their business, civic, and cultural leadership.  The LNC Governor’s Award is the highest honor LNC can bestow upon a citizen. It is given to North Carolinians who serve as leadership role models and whose efforts have resulted in an improved quality of life, economic well-being, and sense of community in our state. The award is presented annually in honor of the current governor, who serves as the honorary chair of the LNC board of directors.  Governor Pat McCrory presented the award to Dr. and Mrs. Goodnight in a small ceremony at the North Carolina State Capitol on May 7, 2014.  The full roster of LNC Governor’s Award recipients can be found here.

Carr Ipock accepts the L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award

Carr Ipock accepts the L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award

The L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award is presented each year to an alumna/us of the LNC program whose leadership has made a significant improvement in the quality of life, economic well-being, and/or sense of community in our state.  The 2014 L. Richardson Preyer Award was given to Carroll G. “Carr” Ipock II, alumnus of LNC Class II and chair of the Craven County Board of Education, in honor of his commitment to education and to improving the quality of life in the New Bern community and beyond.  The full roster of L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award recipients can be found here.

Jessica Graham was chosen by her classmates to receive the Stanley Frank Class Award.

Jessica Graham was chosen by her classmates to receive the Stanley Frank Class Award.

The first two LNC Award recipients are chosen by the LNC Awards Committee, based on nominations submitted by LNC alumni.  The third award, the Stanley Frank Class Award, is presented to a member of the current LNC class as chosen by secret ballot by his or her classmates.  The Stanley Frank Class Award honors the late Stanley Frank, a Greensboro businessman and civic giant who was one of the earliest and strongest supporters of Leadership North Carolina.  The recipient of this award is revealed during the graduation ceremony.  The members of LNC Class XXI enthusiastically recognized Jessica Graham of Belk, Inc., for her commitment to all aspects of the LNC program and her energetic engagement and leadership in her community and beyond.  The full roster of Stanley Frank Class Award recipients can be found here.

All photographs by Story Photographers

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