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Distinguished Alumni Award

Watson College of Education’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year

Dewey N. “Chris” Furr ‘84M was recognized as the Watson College of Education’s Distinguished Alumni of the year at the Alumni Chapter’s annual spring dinner on Tuesday, April 28 at the Education Building.  

Chris was chosen as the 2015 award recipient based on his achievements as an educator accompanied by his extensive community involvement. He graduated from UNCW in 1984 with a Master’s in Educational Leadership. In addition to teaching since 1977 in social studies, language arts, health and physical education, he was a coach, athletic director and social studies department chair. 

Chris was a principal in New Hanover County Schools from 2004 until his retirement in 2011.  He has also been an instructor for the Watson College of Education. Mr. Furr has volunteered for serval organizations throughout the years including the YMCA, Communities in Schools and Optimist Club of Winter Park. His volunteer work serves at-risks students and he works to positively impact the graduation rate in the region.

Chartered in 1996, the Watson College of Education (WCE ) Alumni Chapter has distinguished itself by serving UNCW, the WCE and the UNCW Alumni Association! Through its fundraising efforts, the chapter has established an endowed alumni scholarship, the naming of the student lounge on the ground floor of the WCE , and the awarding of two annual student scholarships. The annual awarding of the Distinguished Alumni Award is a way the chapter recognizes WCE alumni who have distinguished themselves in the workforce and community by their work and service while representing the Watson College of Education’s commitment to excellence. With the unwavering support of the Dean of the WCE , along with the faculty and staff, our chapter has provided valuable programs to student interns and veteran teachers alike.

Honor someone today by nominating them for the 2011 WCE Distinguished Alumni Award!

The one page form is easy to complete by providing a brief description of your nominee’s accomplishments. Re-submission of previously nominated candidates is encouraged. Download the nomination form here >

“It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live”
(Ethel Percy Andrus 1884-1967)

We invite you to nominate alumni who have made significant contributions to education and who have represented the Watson College of Education's commitment to excellence.

Deadline for nominations is March 31, 2014

Please submit your form to:
WCE Distinguished Alumni Award
UNCW Watson College of Education
601 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5991