UNC Greensboro awarded its most prestigious award for exemplary service to the community during the Distinguished Service Awards ceremony on April 21 in the Oakley Family Reception Room at UNCG’s Alumni House. Margaret Bourdeaux Arbuckle, ‘74 MEd, ‘84 PhD was honored with the Adelaide F. Holderness / H. Michael Weaver Award in recognition of her tireless advocacy for quality education for all students.
UNCG’s motto is “Service.” In honor of the University’s unwavering commitment to service, the Board of Trustees annually confers Distinguished Service Awards upon deserving North Carolinians in recognition of exemplary public service and civic engagement. The Holderness/Weaver Award recognizes exceptional service to the community. This award is named for Adelaide Holderness ‘39, the first woman to serve on UNCG’s Board of Trustees, and H. Michael Weaver, a long-time UNCG supporter who has served the University in many capacities.
Throughout her distinguished career, Dr. Arbuckle has been a staunch supporter of public schools in Guilford County. She has been a dedicated community leader and volunteer in Greensboro, serving on numerous boards and commissions, including as a Guilford County Commissioner from 1992-1996. From 2005 until her retirement in 2013, Dr. Arbuckle was the executive director of Guilford Education Alliance, an independent nonprofit that galvanizes the community in support of a high-caliber education for all children in Guilford County Schools. She currently serves on the UNCG School of Education Advisory Board and on the Board of Directors for the Public School Forum of North Carolina.
“We are all called or charged to love and serve others, seek justice, and go into the world and do good,” said Dr. Arbuckle in accepting the Award. “Our very own future depends upon this engagement with the world. There are many opportunities to live out this rule.”
Annually, UNCG accepts nominations of individuals who embody the ideals of committed public servants. More information about the Distinguished Service Awards may be found at publicserviceawards.uncg.edu.
By Rachel Kelly, Advancement Communications
Photography by Mike Micciche