Professor awarded for her impact on N.C. education

May 29, 2012 | 2 Comments

Professor awarded for her impact on N.C. education

RALEIGH - Campbell University professor Dr. Peggy Smith was recently named the recipient of the Jay Robinson Leadership Exemplary Educator Award, given to educators who have made a "statewide impact in K-12 education." 

Smith, who is also a member of the Johnston County School Board and is coordinator of Campbell's Master of School Administration program, will be honored at a reception and luncheon on June 11. She was nominated for the award by Mandi Campbell, Head Start Coordinator and member of the Kannapolis City Schools Board of Education.

“Dr. Peggy Smith has filled many roles in education," Campbell said. "She is dedicated, driven and passionate about education. She has a vision that all students can succeed and this vision is contagious in all students, parents and teachers that have worked with her through the years. For Smith, there are no barriers when it comes to educating and preparing children to become life-long learners.”   

Smith's experience in education covers the public school area and includes classroom teacher, college instructor in school administration; statewide and national consultant; North Carolina Wachovia Principal of the Year in 2001; Dean of Students at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics; and school board member. 

The award is named for Dr. Jay Robinson, a well-known teacher, coach, principal, superintendent, chief lobbyist for the university system, chairman of the State Board of Education, and first president of the Public School Forum as well as Emeritus member until his death in 2000. Each recipient of the award receives a special plaque and a financial prize.

In addition to Smith's award, the Exemplary Leader in Public Service honor went to Justice Burley Mitchell, a member of the UNC Board of Governors.


Dr. Smith is a huge advocate for children and education.  She is very deserving of this award. Congratulations!

By Lou Sherman on May 30, 2012 - 9:39am

Peggy is VERY deserving of this award.  She is a mentor to so many school leaders and future leaders on top of being a teacher, child advocate, school board member, and overall incredible person.

By Christina Jenkins on May 30, 2012 - 5:35am

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