Campbell’s Gore Center for Servant Leadership confers second round of awards

Buies Creek, N.C. – Campbell’s Gore Center for Servant Leadership conferred a second round of awards on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the School of Education Convocation. Launched in February 2008, the purpose of the Gore Center is to encourage the university community to assume the servant leader role through recognition and support. The 2009 winners of the Servant Leadership Award from the School of Education are foreign language professor Dr. Tatiana Séeligman and Social Work major Hannah Bowen. In recognition of her lifelong commitment to service, Campbell alumna Harriet Rosser Carter also received the school’s Distinguished Service Award.

Servant leadership has always been a core principle of Campbell’s Statement of Purpose, said Dr. Jerry M. Wallace, president of Campbell University. As time goes on, it will continue to grow in importance, specifically through the support of the Gore Center.

The Gore Center for Servant Leadership is named for two of the University’s most prominent alumni and benefactors, Edward Mannon Gore, Sr. and Dinah Eubanks Gore. A 1952 graduate of Campbell College, Gore has been actively involved with the university. He currently serves as a member of the Campbell University Board of Trustees and as chairman of the Campbell University Foundation. In 2007 both Mr. and Mrs. Gore were given the Honorary Doctor of Laws for their distinguished professional accomplishments and outstanding civic contributions. Their generosity of spirit is reflected in numerous capital projects on campus, including the John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center, whose arena is named in memory of the Gores’ son, Gilbert Craig Gore, and the University Chapel Bell tower and Prayer Room.

The recipients of the 2009 Servant Leadership and Distinguished Service awards have committed themselves to service projects in one capacity or another.

An oral history project conducted by Dr. Tatiana Séeligman’s Conversational Spanish class recorded the histories of over 30 Hispanic immigrants to the region and helped to clarify the Latino experience in this county.

As a social work major, Hannah Bowen is dedicated to serving others through her professional career. Bowen has already begun the process, completing two internships, one with a nonprofit youth organization, and participating in several mission trips to foreign countries.

A veteran of 32 years in Social Work and educational counseling, Harriet Carter has cared for nine foster children and welcomed numerous international students into her home. She and husband Winslow Carter have also assisted several international college students with educational, financial and housing support through church, university and Kiwanis Club contacts. In 2006, the couple established a scholarship to benefit education and social work majors at Campbell.

“I don’t know of any school on this campus that exemplifies the concept of faith, teaching and service like the School of Education,” said Dr. Jerry M. Wallace, president of Campbell University. “We are tremendously proud of our award recipients.”

Photo Copy: The winners of the Gore Center for Servant Leadership awards and the School of Education Distinguished Service award pose with Ed Gore, founder of the Gore Center: from left, Harriet Rosser Carter, recipient of the Distinguished Service award; and student Hannah Bowen and Dr. Tatiana Séeligman, recipients of the Servant Leadership award. (Photo by Bennett Scarborough)