Call for nominations for 2022 Governor’s Awards for Excellence

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The nomination period for the 2022 Governor’s Awards for Excellence (GAE) will open on Monday, Feb. 14, and continue through 5 p.m. April 14. As the highest honor a state employee may receive for dedicated service to the State of North Carolina and its residents, GAE provides an opportunity to recognize exemplary state employees whose contributions go beyond the call of duty and make a positive difference in the lives of their fellow North Carolinians.

Examples of ways that individual employees and teams stood out may reflect extraordinary service during the pandemic or disaster recovery, providing selfless aid in the face of danger, establishing creative work-arounds that improve service delivery (and may even save money), or exceptional contributions to their communities in times of need. Individual employees or teams may be nominated in the following categories:

  • Customer Service
  • Efficiency and Innovation
  • Human Relations
  • Outstanding State Government Service
  • Public Service
  • Safety and Heroism
  • Spirit of North Carolina

Eligible employees:

Nominees must be permanent state employees and include:

  • Employees who have a permanent appointment, including the managerial and administrative levels such as:
  • Deputy and assistant department heads
  • Division directors
  • Deputy and assistant directors of major divisions in the larger departments
  • Key assistants to the department head or university chancellor who exert major policy influence.

Not eligible employees:

  • Elected officials, department heads, and university chancellors
  • Employees of the public school system or community colleges
  • Employees of the judicial branch
  • Employees of the General Assembly

Information & Nomination

If you have any questions about the nomination process, please contact Carol Battle at 984-236-0854 or

Contact: Keyona McNeill

Updated: Feb. 28, 2022

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