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Year Name Professional Position
2014 Dr. Hugh Devine Professor Emeritus- Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor , Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management; Former Director for Earth Observation, Research, and Administration
2013 Dr. Jim Sallis Distinguished Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego and Director of Active Living Research
2012 Karla Henderson Professor, Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management, NC State University
2011 Will Mann Player Development Instructor, Coastal Carolina University – PGA Golf Management Program
2009-10 Lewis Ledford Director of the Division of Parks and Recreation – Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
2008 Jonathan Howes Former Secretary of the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
2007 Randy Worls CEO of Oglebay Resort Park and Oglebay Foundation Inc.
2006 Dr. Phil Rea Professor Emeritus, Former Department Head, NC State Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management
2005 Dr. Tom Goodale Emeritus Professor – George Mason University
2004 Jack “Swede” Frauson Former Regional consultant with the Division of Parks and Recreation – Dept of DENR
2003 Dr. Phil McKnelly Executive Director of the National Association of State Park Directors and Former Director of the Division of Parks and Recreation (DENR)
2002 Not Given
2001 James S. Stevens Former Director of the Division of Parks and Recreation – DENR (deceased)
2000 Charles C. Stott Emeritus Professor, NC State Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management (deceased)
1999 Dr. Robert E. Sternloff Emeritus Professor, NC State Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management (deceased)
1999 J.K. Shearon Retired NC Legislator, Chair of Finance Committee
1998 J. Harold Moses Former Director of the Division of Consulting Services -DENR
1997 Dr. M. Roger Warren Former Department Head, NC State Parks, Recreation & Tourism