Retired UNCW Professor Earl Sheridan Awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Earl Sheridan, retired UNCW professor of public and international affairs, has been honored by Gov. Roy Cooper with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo ’83 presented the award to Sheridan at the May 15 meeting of the city council. Sheridan served on the Wilmington City Council from 2005-17.

“Dr. Sheridan is the embodiment of our state motto, Esse Quam Videri – ‘to be rather than to seem,’” said UNCW Faculty Senate President Stephen Meinhold, also a professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs. “Through his lifelong community service, he has asked everyone ‘to be’ better. He has inspired thousands of Seahawks, asking every student to ‘to be’ educated, and he has been a friend and mentor to those who reached out a hand, asking them ‘to be’ part of a team.”

A Wilmington native who holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Appalachian State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Sheridan has authored numerous scholarly articles and papers on political ideology and race. In addition to his 38 years on the UNCW faculty and tenure on the city council, Sheridan was president of the New Hanover County Branch of the NAACP from 1987-1996. He also served on the 1898 Memorial Foundation, the board of the Domestic Violence Shelter and Services and the city Commission on African American History.

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The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is the highest honor a North Carolina governor can bestow and is awarded to people who have made significant contributions to the state and their communities. Each recipient is considered an honorary ambassador of the state. The award was presented to three longtime UNCW faculty members, Larry Usilton, Walter Conser and Chris Fonvielle, at a history departmental ceremony during the May commencement exercises.

-- Tricia Vance