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March 24, 2000
Wayne McDevitt to Receive Chancellor's Medallion from UNCA
Chancellor James H. Mullen has announced that the University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA) will present the Chancellor's Medallion to Wayne McDevitt, chief of staff to Governor James Hunt, for his extraordinary contributions to higher education, community service and public leadership
The Chancellor's Medallion is presented at the discretion of the Chancellor and is considered one of the most distinguished honors the University can bestow. It is worn by the Chancellor of the University at Commencement and other academic occasions, and symbolizes the University's commitment to the highest ideals in the search for truth, scholarly teaching and research and service to the community.
"Wayne McDevitt represents a devotion to public service and to the ideals of his Alma Mater," said Chancellor Mullen. "He is unceasingly loyal to this University, to this region and to this state. We are honored that he is part of the UNCA family and we are proud to add his name to the distinguished list of past Medallion recipients."
McDevitt, a 1975 graduate of UNCA, has served as Governor James Hunt's Chief of Staff for the past year, and prior to that, as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. In these capacities, he worked with federal and local governments on economic development, transportation and agricultural and environmental issues. He served as chair of theN.C. Democratic Party from 1995-96, and was director of the Governor's Western Office from 1980-84. He served as a special assistant to the Chancellor of UNCA from 1984-85.
McDevitt was involved in the development of the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, a 285-acre environmental, ecological and conservation education center within the UNC system. As general manager and associate director from 1985-92, he led the Arboretum's development, long-range and master planning and its environmental education, economic development, conservation and legislative relations. He also assisted in establishing the North Carolina Arboretum Society, the fundraising arm of the Arboretum. In 1998, McDevitt received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University for his distinguished career in public service.
A replica of the Chancellor's Medallion will be presented to McDevitt at a luncheon ceremony on March 31, 2000 at the North Carolina Arboretum. Governor Hunt plans to attend the event.
Prior recipients of the Chancellor's Medallion include: Adelaide Daniels Key (1999); Jay Banks (1995); Francine Delany (posthumously 1993); Roy Taylor (1991); Alfred Miller (1990); Karl Straus (1989); Richard Wynne (1988); Ruth Feldman (1987); Gordon Greenwood (1986); and Ernest Mills (1985).
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