The Governor's Awards for Excellence

The Governor’s Award for Excellence

The Governor’s Award for Excellence is the highest honor a State employee may receive. The program is designed to acknowledge and show appreciation for the outstanding accomplishments of North Carolina employees.

The meritorious service or accomplishments recognized by this award program are so singularly outstanding that special recognition is justified.

Out of approximately 173,000 State employees in North Carolina – only about 10 to 15 Governor’s Awards are given each year. 

UNC Charlotte is honored to have had numerous winners over the past years – 13 since 1989!

If you have a coworker or colleague who you feel has made exemplary contributions to the University and the State of North Carolina, please consider nominating them for the Governor’s Awards for Excellence.

Qualifying Employees

Nominees must be permanent state employees who are Subject to the Personnel Act (SPA). Universities have the option to include faculty and administrators who are Exempt from the State Personnel Act (EPA). Elected officials, university chancellors or employees with the public school or local community college systems are NOT eligible.

Award Categories

Customer Service: Provided exceptional service that left the customer fully satisfied with their experience. Exceeded expectations to meet the needs of the customer. Added value to the customer experience.
Efficiency & Innovation: Improved the efficiency of state government services. Established new and/or improved methods, practices, plans or designs resulting in innovation, savings and/or efficiencies.
Human Relations: Made outstanding contributions toward enhancing the quality and morale of the workplace or creating a better public image of state government (such as positive personal interaction with other employees; public awareness; working on relations internally within an agency; or collaboration between different agencies).
Outstanding State Government Service: Exhibited unselfish devotion to duty far and above the normal requirements and contributed significantly to the advancement of state service to the citizens of North Carolina.
Public Service: Made outstanding contributions by participating in or implementing community and public service projects (such as volunteering with various non-profit organizations).
Heroism: Demonstrated outstanding judgement or courage in an emergency, voluntarily risking his/her life, or exhibited meritorious action to prevent injury, loss of life or prevented damage to or loss of property.
Spirit of North Carolina: Exemplified the state motto “To be, rather than to seem.” Mentored others in the pursuit of excellence. Served as an ambassador for the State of North Carolina. This special award is reserved for exceptional circumstances and for accomplishments and achievement of the highest caliber.



For more information about submitting a nomination, please contact Rebecca Behner, Employee Relations, at or 7-0662.