WCC names Abby and Gordon Burns Distinguished Faculty/Staff Award recipients
WILKESBORO, N.C. – Wilkes Community College (WCC) has recognized the exceptional service of two employees, Randy Gambill, recipient of the 2020 Abby and Gordon Burns Distinguished Faculty Award; and, Bruce Staley, recipient of the 2020 Abby and Gordon Burns Distinguished Staff Award. Each received a $500 gift from the Burns’ for their contributions to the college.
The purpose of the Abby and Gordon Burns Distinguished Faculty and Staff Awards is to recognize, honor, and celebrate exceptional faculty and staff members who are making a difference in and out of the classroom. The Burns’ are sponsoring these annual $500 faculty and staff awards which will be awarded in perpetuity. Dr. Burns served as president of Wilkes Community College for 18 years from 1996-2014.
Randy Gambill, Information Technology-Network Management lead instructor, was nominated as a result of his devotion, leadership, professional attitude, and clear desire for teaching. His nomination letter reads in part, “He is an example of those talented instructors who can earn the trust, respect, and friendship of students, and yet maintains the integrity of a teacher and leader. In his classroom, students become engaged, excited, and self-motivated. He sets an example for his students by his desire for continuous learning. This instructor is genuinely concerned and focused on creating a teaching and learning environment that fosters student success and satisfaction, critical to realizing the vision and mission of the college. He is highly respected by his students and peer colleagues and continually demonstrates that he cares and has concern for his students, both within and beyond the classroom.”
Gambill first came to WCC as an adjunct instructor in 1997 and became full-time in 2000. His learning and life philosophy is reflected in his teaching and working with local business and industry to ensure students are ready to enter the workforce with the skill set needed to be successful. WCC President, Dr. Jeff Cox stated, “This year’s recipient is truly a remarkable individual who exemplifies excellence in teaching.”
Bruce Staley, WCC custodial supervisor, was nominated for his dedication to ensure that the utmost safety and health protocols were in place from the onset of the pandemic. Staley researched and obtained the supplies and equipment necessary to keep the facilities disinfected so that students, faculty, and staff felt safe while on campus. He went beyond the call of duty, working extra hours, doing whatever was needed to address and accommodate faculty/staff concerns.
Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community, and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.