October 12, 2007

Howard Lee, North Carolina State Board Chair, Receives National Education Award

Howard Lee, chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Education, is being awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). The award is annually given to a state board of education member in recognition of outstanding service to public education.

"As chairman of the state board for the past four years, Howard Lee has become the face of the State Board at conferences, schools, and with individuals across North Carolina. His communication and collaboration skills combined with his contacts and experience in the legislature have made Howard Lee one of the most effective and influential educational leaders in North Carolina," said Brenda Welburn, NASBE Executive Director.

Howard Lee joined the North Carolina State Board of Education in May 2003, where he was unanimously elected on his first day as Board Chairman. Mr. Lee's prior years in the North Carolina General Assembly and as a former Mayor of Chapel Hill and state agency secretary had earned him a reputation as a fair-minded statesman, as one who set and accomplished goals, and as a staunch friend of education. Since that time, he has been a tireless leader of an involved citizen board that has faced many education issues head on.

During his tenure as Chairman, Mr. Lee and the North Carolina State Board have seen the adoption of policies on increasing high school graduation requirements, defining academic rigor, relevance, and relationships; parent and family involvement; anti-harassment and bullying; and healthy, active children.

"The Distinguished Service Award recognizes the contributions of those who serve on state boards of education across the nation. It is a testament to the fact that one dedicated person can make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of young people," said Welburn. The award is being presented at NASBE's annual conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 12.

NASBE represents America's state and territorial boards of education. Our principal objectives are to strengthen state leadership in education policymaking; advocate equality of access to educational opportunity; promote excellence in the education of all students; and assure responsible lay governance of education.