Sea Grant Employee Spencer Rogers Wins NC State University Award for Excellence

NC State University announced June 11 its 2019 Awards for Excellence winners. Representing the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI), Spencer Rogers, coastal construction and erosion specialist for North Carolina Sea Grant, was named by Associate Vice Chancellor for HR Marie Williams as one of the winners of the award — the highest honor given to nonfaculty employees of NC State.

Rogers and the other 11 winners are now eligible to be considered for this year’s Governor’s Award for Excellence. Last year, three NC State University employees took home a Governor’s Award for Excellence.

“At NC State, we’re proud to be able to attract and retain such outstanding talent,” Chancellor Randy Woodson said. “And I think the governor’s consistent recognition of our employees is a testament to the quality of our people.”

Each year since 1996, the university has presented these awards to recognize employees who “go above and beyond the call of duty” in one or more of the following categories: Customer Service, Efficiency and Innovation, Heroism, Human Relations, Outstanding State Government Service, Public Service, and the Spirit of North Carolina.

Rogers, a 40-year Sea Grant employee, was nominated in the category of Outstanding State Government Service.

According to Sea Grant Extension Director Frank Lopez, it’s not hyperbole to say Rogers’ research and outreach related to rip currents and coastal construction has saved lives. Additionally, through his work with the North Carolina Building Code Council, it’s estimated Rogers has helped homeowners save over $1 million annually in reduced insurance premiums.

Research Program Specialist Laura Kroeger also represented ORI at the University Awards for Excellence. Read this April announcement to learn more about the ORI Awards for Excellence winners.