2021 Hall of Fame


JR Richardson


Milton Senter


Gordon Brown


Greear Webb


Muriel Summers


Victoria Scott-Miller

2021 Vernone malone
Friend of Education Award

Dr. Mandy Cohen

Dr. Mandy Cohen is an internal medicine physician and a public health expert who has led the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services since January of 2017, when she was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper. She has been lauded for her outstanding leadership and transparency during the COVID crisis. Dr. Cohen has held hundreds of press conferences and interviews to help the public understand the science and data related to the pandemic and how decisions were being made to protect the health and safety of the state.


2021 dR. rOBERT e. bRIDGES

James B. Hunt Jr.

James B. Hunt Jr. was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. He grew up on a farm in Wilson County, where he and his wife Carolyn now raise beef cattle. He received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education in 1959 and a master’s in agricultural economics in 1962 from North Carolina State University. He earned a law degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Law in 1964.


The nation’s first “education governor,” Jim Hunt is a nationally recognized leader in education, and he has been at the forefront of state and national education reform. Smart Start, his nationally recognized early childhood initiative, helped North Carolina children get better childcare, immunizations, and family services. Smart Start, has been emulated by states across the nation and received the prestigious Innovations in American Government Award from the Ford Foundation and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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WCPSS Hall of Fame Sponsors

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Stars Among Us Sponsors

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Mark Steward Team Real Estate

Caroline McCullen Family & Friends

Triangle Community Foundation

Carruthers Foundation

Wake Stone

Capitol Broadcasting Company


AJ Fletcher Foundation

Wake PTA Council

NC State College of Education

Pierce Group Benefits

Alfred & Williams Company 

Mary Mac and Tom Bradshaw

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