The Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence is the highest award given by the Board of Trustees in recognition of outstanding achievements and contributions made by faculty throughout their career at NC State. This award is will be presented to Dr. Hugh Devine at this year’s Spring Commencement.
Dr. Devine received all his degrees from Pennsylvania State University in the areas of Forest Resource Management, Forest Recreation, and Operations Research/Forest Resources. He was hired in 1977 as a “Recreation Mathematician” and has served as graduate committee chair for over 1,000 students. After spending his entire career at NC State, he retired from NC State in December, 2014. Dr. Devine has been involved with almost every major undertaking of the Department of Parks Recreation and Tourism Management, especially related to technology and graduate studies. He started teaching the first GIST courses in 1983 and founded the Center for Earth Observation in 1989. He has many associations across campus and has long term relationships with professionals outside the university in both recreation and GIS fields. His work continues with his new nonprofit, NC State GIS Service Learning established to assist other nonprofits with GIS support.
Dr. Devine has received numerous honors within the NC State system including most recently: Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor, University Community Engaged Faculty Fellow, Distinguished Service Award from the Institute of Advance, Election to the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension, University Alumni Outstanding Extension Service Award. Please read more here.