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N.C. State’s Bonnie Fusarelli receives Gov. James Holshouser award

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The University of North Carolina Board of Governors awarded N.C. State University’s Bonnie Fusarelli the 2022 Governor James E. Holshouser, Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service this week, according to a press release.

Fusarelli is executive director of N.C. State’s Principal Preparation Leadership Academies, and also director of the Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership program for school superintendent preparation. In addition, she is a professor and university faculty scholar in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Human Development in the school’s College of Education, according to a press release.

“In all of her efforts for the people of North Carolina, it is clear that Dr. Fusarelli maintains a level of grace and respect for the children and citizens she is serving,” said N.C. State Chancellor Randy Woodson in a press release. “She is passionate about improving the lives of others in our state and views her work to prepare educational leaders as a calling.”

The award is for faculty “who exemplify the University’s commitment to service and community engagement,” according to the press release.

“Fusarelli is a champion for school leaders across North Carolina, securing more than $41 million in federal, state, and private funding over the past two decades through 20 grants to support programs for educational leaders in the state,” the press release said. “She has nurtured and developed these programs, collaborating with the North Carolina General Assembly and local school systems to address needs for strong principal preparation programs and alternative licensing. Fusarelli has shared her findings with national and international peers, developing a series of principal preparation leadership academies that transformed the state’s educational leadership.”

The press release ends by saying: “A constant theme of Fusarelli’s work is service to those in greatest need.”


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