Raliegh, N.C. Nov 7, 2017 Governor Roy Cooper presented 12 state employees with the Governor’s Awards for Excellence today during a ceremony in the NC Museum of History. The recipients of the prestigious award were selected from 115 nominations. It is the highest honor a state employee may receive for dedicated service to the state and the people of North Carolina. Videos of each of their stories can be seen here. Also, a full description of each recipient's winning qualities, their videos, photographs and the full awards ceremony are available here. “These state employees put the wellbeing of others first, created solutions to lingering problems, and improved the experiences of those around them,” Gov. Cooper said. “Today’s honorees have made a positive and lasting difference for our state and we’re grateful for their service.” The honorees attended a luncheon in the Executive Mansion before receiving their awards at a special ceremony in the auditorium of the NC Museum of History. Former UNC-TV anchor and produce Audrey Bailey emceed the event. The Office of State Human Resources hosted the ceremony with the support of the North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation. “For these state employees, a career in public service is about being a part of something bigger than themselves,” said Barbara Gibson, Director of the Office of State Human Resources. “It’s about making a meaningful contribution to society. By going above and beyond their normal duties, they’ve left an enduring legacy of accomplishment.” The 2017 Governor’s Awards for Excellence honorees are: Customer Service Noelle OconDepartment of Natural and Cultural Resources/North Carolina Museum of Art Efficiency & Innovation John WoodlockDepartment of Public Safety Human Relations Joe BrightDepartment of Public Safety Outstanding State Government Service Allan BuchananDepartment of Insurance Public Service Dr. Michelle SkipperEast Carolina University Larry WilliamsOffice of Administrative Hearings Safety & Heroism Patrick Browne Wildlife Resources Commission Bradley GarmanDepartment of Public Safety Cindi HamiltonDepartment of Environmental Quality Charles Daniel RoperDepartment of Public Safety, National Guard Dean RoscoeDepartment of Transportation Robert ShookDepartment of Public Safety, National Guard .