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October 12, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
North Carolina Central University Professor Receives Inaugural UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Public Service
CHAPEL HILL – George P. Wilson, Sr., Professor of Criminal Justice and Chair of the Faculty Senate at North Carolina Central University, received the inaugural Award for Excellence in Public Service today from the Board of Governors of the multi-campus University of North Carolina. This new annual award was created to encourage, identify, recognize, and reward distinguished public service and outreach by faculty across the University. The 2007 award carries a $7,500 cash prize and was presented by UNC President Erskine Bowles and Public Service Award Committee Chair Gladys Ashe Robinson of Greensboro.
A member of the NCCU faculty since 1984, Wilson served as the first chairman of the university’s Criminal Justice Department, helped build its master’s degree program in the field, and established the NCCU Juvenile Justice Institute. Drawing on his professional expertise and personal values, he also has been a willing mentor, mediator, and role model for young at-risk African American males in the community.
Through his teaching and through service on numerous boards and commissions, Wilson has also been a leader in shaping better public policy at the local, state, and national levels. A co-founder of the Research Triangle chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, he served for 12 years on the NC Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission, advocating for equitable conviction and sentencing laws in the state. Currently, he chairs the boards of the Criminal Justice Policy Center, a non-profit organization that opposes the death penalty and helps parolees re-adjust to life outside prison, and Troy Halfway House, a federal halfway home for men. In addition, he has served as vice chair of the Community-Based Alternatives board and chair of the Durham Community Penalties Program.
Previously, Wilson has been honored with the NCCU Outstanding Service Award, the Mary Church Terrell Award for leadership and service from the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, the Educator of the Year Award from the NC Criminal Justice Educators Association, and the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is also a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor granted by the governor of North Carolina.