UNCW’s Robert Tyndall Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

UNCW professor emeritus Robert Tyndall has received a 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from StarNews Media in recognition of his 45-year career as a leader in education.

Tyndall began his career as a teacher and held roles of principal and school superintendent before joining UNCW in 1989 as a professor. He was dean of the education school from 1991 to 1999 (later renamed the Watson College of Education). He also served as associate provost, vice chancellor for information technology, vice chancellor for public service and continuing education and executive-in-residence at UNCW’s Cameron School of Business prior to his retirement earlier this year.

The StarNews Media Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2003 to honor outstanding individuals who have given substantially of themselves for the improvement of Wilmington and Southeastern North Carolina, particularly in the areas of economic development, education, charity, health, preservation, arts and the environment.

“It is hard to put a frame around the impact that Bob has had on public education in North Carolina, at UNCW, and in particular on the Watson College of Education,” said Van Dempsey, dean of the Watson College. “He is a great role model for how leaders turn challenges into opportunity. From the Razor Walker awards to the groundwork for our school-university partnership to the grandeur of the Education building, Bob’s work over several decades translates into a presence every day in the Watson College. Bob may be retiring, but the impact of his leadership will live on for us and in the continued success of our College.”

The award was presented at a luncheon ceremony at the Terraces at Sir Tyler in Wilmington on August 15.