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Travis Woods Earns Governor’s Award for Excellence

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Travis Woods, a CAD/GIS technician in the UNCW Office of Facilities, was among a record-setting 184 state employees from three University of North Carolina System institutions and nine state agencies honored with Governor’s Awards for Excellence today in Raleigh. 

The highest honor a state employee may receive for dedicated service to the state and the people of North Carolina, the Governor’s Awards for Excellence recognize accomplishments and actions that are outside of the usual scope of their job duties. Governor Roy Cooper and State Human Resources Director Barbara Gibson made remarks at the awards presentation. 

“Travis has earned this well-deserved award,” said Miles Lackey, UNCW vice chancellor for business affairs. “If you ask him to do something, he always does it ahead of schedule and he always does it right. He is an unsung hero for the UNCW campus.”  

Awards were presented in six categories: Customer Service, Efficiency and Innovation, Human Relations, Outstanding Government Serve, Public Service, and Safety and Heroism. 

In the Efficiency and Innovation category, Woods was recognized for his efforts at UNCW to create a real-time GPS mapping system to make campus safety checks more efficient.  

“I figured if we could go out and collect coordinate data on where safety issues are, it would be much easier for contractors to go and find that exact spot to find that exact issue and take care of it,” said Woods in an Office of State Human Resources video highlighting his work.   

“The more efficient we can be, the more we can get done,” added UNCW Project Management Director Tom McCarley in the OSHR video. “I think that is where this program really shines. It is such a time saver. We have this technology readily available, it's just a matter of developing it – and people like Travis make that happen.” 

A complete list and videos of the state employees recognized with 2022 Governor’s Awards for Excellence can be found on the Office of State Human Resources website. 

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