Six Employees Honored With 2018 Massey Award

Six employees of the University have been selected for the 2018 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Awards, one of the most coveted distinctions earned by faculty and staff.

The late C. Knox Massey of Durham created the awards in 1980 to recognize “unusual, meritorious or superior contributions” by University employees. In 1984, he joined the families of his son, Knox Massey Jr., and daughter, Kay Massey Weatherspoon, to create the Massey-Weatherspoon fund. Income from the fund supports the Massey Awards and Carolina Seminars. The Massey Award winners will each receive a $10,000 stipend.

This year’s recipients, chosen from campus-wide nominations, are:

  • Martina Kendrick Ballen, senior associate athletic director and chief financial officer, department of athletics;
  • Gregory J. Gangi, associate director for education, the UNC Institute for the Environment; associate teaching professor, environment and ecology;
  • Nan Kham, housekeeper, Taylor Hall;
  • Ronald L. Mangum, clinical assistant professor, School of Social Work;
  • Daryl Maurice Odom, housekeeper, the Kenan Center; and
  • Barbara Polk, deputy director and senior associate director, Office of Undergraduate Admissions.


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