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May 10, 2006

Hammond wins William L. Turner Award

photo of Leigh Hammond receiving the Turner Award
Celebrating Dr. Leigh Hammond at the April reception were (left to right): Dr. James Zuiches, Vice Chancellor for Extension, Engagement and Economic Development; Mrs. Marjorie Turner, wife of William L. Turner; and Dr. Denis Jackson, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Extension, Engagement and Economic Development.

Dr. Leigh H. Hammond, retired N.C. State professor of economics and former assistant vice chancellor for extension and public service, has received the William L. Turner Award for Outstanding Contributions to Extension and Continuing Education. The university honored Hammond in a recent ceremony for demonstrating an exceptional spirit of service for more than four decades.

The Turner Award recognizes an individual whose significant contributions and accomplishments have enhanced and reinforced extension and continuing education as being an integral component of engagement at N.C. State. One award is presented annually.

Hammond has been a faculty member at several universities, including N.C. State, where he was a colleague of Dr. W.L. Turner in the late 1960s. He joined Turner as a key advisor in Governor Robert Scott’s Department of Administration from 1969-1973. He has served on the Coastal Plains Regional Commission and on the N.C. Utilities Commission. For four years, he served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Extension and Public Service at N.C. State. During that same four-year period of time, he was also the Director of the Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services as well as the Coordinator for Sea Grant Advisory Services.

Hammond retired from the N.C. Community College System in 1990 after having served as the Vice President for Research and Information for six years. A lifetime of public service pulled him out of retirement in 1991 when he was named Executive Director of the N.C. Retired Governmental Employees’ Association, a position he held until he retired again in 2003.

“Through all of these years of service, Leigh has been a role model for his students, fellow faculty members, administrators and support staff,” said Alice Warren, associate to the assistant vice chancellor for Extension and Engagement, during the award presentation. “His undying loyalty, professionalism and warm and caring personality are attributes for which he is so well respected.”

-S. Stanard

Posted by Suzanne at May 10, 2006 02:04 PM