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Dr. Jim Thomas of Gardner-Webb University recently received the North Carolina Long Leaf Pine Award, which is among the most prestigious awards presented by the Governor and is considered one of the highest honors for a civilian in the state. Thomas serves as dean of the School of Performing and Visual Arts and received the award from Gov. Pat McCrory during a recent event at Mars Hill University (N.C.). The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, created in 1965, is an honor that is granted in the state of North Carolina.
C. Robert Jones, Dr. Earl Leininger, Dr. Jim Thomas, Mars Hill University, N.C. Long Leaf Pine Award, Order of the Long Leaf Pine, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART)
Office of University Communications, "Gardner-Webb Faculty Member Awarded North Carolina’s Highest Civil Distinction" (2013). Gardner-Webb NewsCenter Archive. 1564.