Erskine B. Bowles Staff Service Award

Erskine B. Bowles
Former UNC President

The Erskine B. Bowles Staff Service Award was established in 2010 by the UNC Staff Assembly to recognize staff employees whose accomplishments are consistent with the goals of the University and the University’s public service mission.


All university employees are encouraged to nominate a deserving colleague for this award.

SUBMISSION PERIOD October 1, 2020 – November, 13, 2020

  • Provide a statement that highlights the candidate’s accomplishments and describes how the candidate contributes to the overall welfare of their university organization and their surrounding community.
  • Answer open-ended questions to provide evidence the candidate meets the selection criteria
  • You may also provide additional letters or documents of support from peers, supervisor, students, campus administration, local media or community members, and/or representatives from local businesses/organizations.
  • All nominations are shared with the nominee upon submission.

Nomination Form


  • Must be a permanent staff member (SHRA or EHRA non-faculty) of any of the 17 UNC constituent institutions, the UNC System Office, or a recognized University affiliate
  • Exemplifies excellence in their professional interactions and customer service within their university employment
  • Provides extraordinary service to their campus and UNC system outside their job description
  • Provides exemplary service to their surrounding community


  • A memento,
  • An award of $1000,
  • A reception with the Staff Assembly and UNC leadership, and
  • A short video about their service produced by UNC-TV

Erskine B. Bowles Staff Service Award 2019

2019 Erskine Bowles Award Recipient
Recipient, Chris Wallace

Mr. Christopher Wallace exemplifies excellence of Carolina. He leads the Communiversity Youth Program, which is a program that connects local elementary and middle scholars with college students. We guide the scholars through enriching activities such as, cooking and dancing, while also completing basic task to assist them at school. Ultimately we are role models to the scholars and motivate them to do their best in school. Chris plays an instrumental role in creating this environment through leading by example. His energy goes unmatched and is contagious to everyone in the program. He also is an incredibly gifted orator. There have been many days where myself or scholars did not want to be there but Chris pushed us to make the most of the day and be “the best version of ourselves”. Chris’s dedication is remarkable and I aspire to be like him every day.

Previous Award Recipients

2018Jeff McQueenUNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine
2017Dr. Robert CanidaUNC Pembroke
2016Joe RickUNC School of the Arts
2015James GriffinNC A&T State University
2014Billy EdringstonNC A&T State University
2013Rudy AndersonWinston-Salem State University
2012Edwin H. Martinat IIIUNC School of the Arts
2011Julie HeinitshUNC Asheville
2010Adam ReaganUNC Asheville