Steve Honeycutt, director of Financial Planning and Budgets, was honored with the 2017 Betty Hardin Award for Excellence in Business Affairs at the Business Affairs Service Awards Luncheon on May 25. The award, named for former director of Advancement Services Betty Brower Hardin, is for a Business Affairs employee who demonstrates superior leadership, a positive and constructive attitude, a sense of humor, an appreciation for people and a rendering of service above and beyond the call of duty to the university community.
Honeycutt has been with UNCG for 11 years. He has worked with many departments, providing them with historical financial information and ensuring that money is spent wisely. He was heavily involved in the implementation of Banner Human Resources at UNCG and his work has extended to the launching of Spartan Village and the Kaplan Center for Wellness. He has represented UNCG and the UNC system on statewide committees, and he is one of the senior officers in the state.
Before coming to UNCG, Honeycutt worked for the University of North Carolina at Asheville for 20 years, serving as the assistant director of Accounting, as well as a budget officer and in contracts and grants accounting. He helped form the first staff senate at UNCA and was its first president. He began the student move-in effort there, which grew to 100 volunteers assisting over 1,000 new and returning students. He also assisted in the design and development of UNCA’s Banner Finance and received the Thomas D. Reynolds Alumni Award in 2005 for exemplary service to the university.
Honeycutt is known for his foresight and his concern for the needs and goals of all departments and divisions of UNCG, and for making sure the Budget Office can serve them. He negotiates challenges and provides his staff with opportunities for growth. UNCG budget analyst Sheilah M. Moyle notes that Honeycutt’s many years of experience within the UNC system and his frequent interaction with UNC system university budget office staff have allowed him to mentor not only UNCG employees but other UNC system staff.
“Steve has a strong sense of commitment to UNCG and to the UNC system as a whole,” said Moyle. “He keeps abreast of legislation that pertains to the university system and makes sure it is applied properly to our university.”
By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography by Martin W. Kane