Tom James is Honored by the University of North Carolina
Published in Inside - Volume XIII, No. 4
Tom James is Honored by the University of North CarolinaTom James, TC’s Provost and Dean, has received the 2007 Distinguished Leadership Award from the University of North Carolina School of Education, where he served as Dean from 2003 through spring of 2007.
“During his four-year tenure as dean of the School of Education, Tom used his steady hand and visionary eye to guide the school boldly, increasing its influence,” wrote James’ successor, Jill Fitzgerald, in the citation given to James. “While at the School’s helm, Tom was committed to preparing and developing outstanding educators and to supporting and enhancing educational research and scholarship. He created new opportunities to attract and retain outstanding faculty and students…His work to streamline the internal organization of the School produced a positive climate and strengthened the School’s academic programs. He led the School in building strong interdisciplinary collaborations with faculty across the campus. Beyond the campus, he led the faculty in establishing new partnerships and developing ties with policymakers at the state and federal levels.”
Fitzgerald also credited James with overseeing an unprecedented increase in external research funding and launching “innovative research initiatives with significant policy implications.
“Tom was highly respected by our faculty,” Fitzgerald wrote. “One of his greatest strengths as a leader is his keen ability to inspire through imagination of what might be, while at the same time listening to—and believing in—others’ ideas.”