Raleigh Sep 20, 2016 Out of 118 nominations submitted, 16 state employees have been chosen for this year’s prestigious ‘Governor’s Awards for Excellence.’ It is the highest honor a state employee may receive for dedicated service to the State and the people of North Carolina. “Their passion for public service helps improve the quality of life for those who choose to live, work and raise families in North Carolina,” said Governor McCrory. “These state employees make selfless sacrifices to improve the lives of others… provide great customer service… and bring innovative solutions to some of government’s toughest challenges.” The honorees will attend a luncheon, followed by a special awards ceremony on Tuesday, September 27, from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. inside the NC Museum of History. “The winners are truly exceptional,” said Paula Woodhouse, Interim Director of the Office of State Human Resources (OSHR). “They went above and beyond their daily responsibilities to make meaningful and enduring impacts in our communities.” The 2016 Governor’s Awards for Excellence honorees are: CUSTOMER SERVICE Dr. Angela B. Smith - Health and Human Services Robert Walker - University of North Carolina – Greensboro EFFICIENCY & INNOVATION Terry Kuhn - Natural and Cultural Resources Liani Yirka - Natural and Cultural Resources HUMAN RELATIONS Teresa Beasley - Wildlife Resources Commission David Descourouez - Wildlife Resources Commission Isaac Hannah - Wildlife Resources Commission Glen Webb - Public Safety OUTSTANDING STATE GOVERNMENT SERVICE Lebra Nance - University of North Carolina - Charlotte Colonel (Ret.) Edward Timmons - Public Safety PUBLIC SERVICE TaWanna Archia - University of North Carolina School of the Arts William E. Hemphill - Public Safety SAFETY & HEROISM Jonathan Gouge - Public Safety Jay Mozingo - Transportation Lindsay Recchie - North Carolina State University George Revels - Agriculture & Consumer Services Photographs of all of the honorees, along with a description of their awards, are available on OSHR’s website at oshr.nc.gov/2016-governors-awards-recipients. The ceremony is hosted by OSHR with the support of the North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation. Media wishing to cover the Awards Ceremony should RSVP to David Prickett at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, September 26.