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WCE Dean Van Dempsey Honored for Leadership in Education

Monday, September 10, 2018

UNCW Watson College of Education Dean Van Dempsey has received the 2018 Distinguished Leadership Award from the UNC Chapel Hill School of Education. The award was presented at the 17th annual Alumni Awards Dinner held Oct. 6 at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center in Chapel Hill.
Dempsey was honored for his passion for public education and for innovation and leadership in the preparation of educators. Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, dean of the UNC School of Education, cited Dempsey’s work in assembling a broad group of stakeholders to create a rich learning environment for children at UNCW’s new lab school at D.C. Virgo; his many years partnering with public schools in North Carolina and West Virginia to enrich university teacher education programs; and his leadership roles in state and national organizations.
“It is an honor to have been selected by the School of Education at UNC Chapel Hill to receive this award. Just about everything I have done well in my career as an educator has its roots in the experiences I had with faculty, staff and friends at Carolina,” Dempsey said. “To be recognized in this way is also a reflection of the outstanding colleagues I have had the good fortune to work with, including many here at the Watson College. This award reflects their talent, passion and leadership and the collective energy and spirit we bring to the work that we do.”

The award was announced in a UNCW homepage story on October 8. Read the full story here.