Since 1975, NC State’s Board of Trustees has honored the extraordinary service and commitment of the university’s finest with the Watauga Medal, the university’s highest nonacademic award. This year, two committed volunteers, leaders and philanthropists received this prestigious award during the university’s Founders’ Day banquet. Both are CHASS alumni.
Peaches Gunter Blank (BA, political science and MA, public administration) and Burley Mitchell (BA, political science) have both supported the university for decades with gifts of time, talent and treasure. Both have served on the NC State Board of Trustees and the UNC Board of Governors, among other volunteer leadership roles.
In addition to their service to the university, both have played leadership roles in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Peaches Blank was the first chairwoman of the Board of Trustees. She is a member of the W.J. Peele Lifetime Giving Society. Among her generous gifts is the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Daniel C. Gunter, Jr., Scholarship, in honor of her father.
Chief Justice Burley Mitchell, a member of the L.L. Polk Lifetime Giving Society and the R. Stanhope Pullen Society, also chaired the CHASS dean’s advisory board.
Learn more about these outstanding Watauga medalists on NC State’s Giving site.