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Dr. Bernadette Watts received the 2001 Distinguished Service Award, and Dr. L. George Wilson was honored as the 2002 International Service Award recipient for the Southern region.
Watts was to receive her award in September 2001, but the national meeting, planned for New York, was cancelled in the wake of terrorists attacks.
Recently retired after a 31-year career with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service within N.C. States College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Watts led training and development programs for extension agents and specialists based in all 100 counties, on the Cherokee Indian Reservation and on N.C. States campus.
Watts is recognized nationally for her expertise in mentoring and has served as national president of Epsilon Sigma Phi.
Wilson, N.C. States vice provost for international affairs, has spent much of his 35-year career working to enhance agricultural production in North Carolina, Latin America and elsewhere. Before being named vice provost this past year, Wilson served as the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences international programs coordinator for five years.
Epsilon Sigma Phi is a 75-year-old organization dedicated to fostering standards of excellence in the national land-grant university extension system.