Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award
The Public School Forum of North Carolina Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award was established by the Public School Forum Board of Directors in 2000 to recognize exemplary leaders who have made outstanding contributions to public education. The award may be given to anyone who has displayed innovative, creative, effective leadership for public education in North Carolina.
The award is named in honor of the late Dr. Jay Robinson, one of our state’s most distinguished education leaders. His career spanned 50 years, beginning as a math teacher and basketball and football coach in Cabarrus County, becoming a school principal and later superintendent of schools in first Cabarrus and then Charlotte-Mecklenburg school systems. He served as vice president for public affairs and special projects for the University of North Carolina system and chaired the State Board of Education. He was also the first president of the Public School Forum and served as an Emeritus Member of the Board until his death in April 2000.
James (Jim) and Barbara Goodmon are the recipients of the 2019 Public School Forum of North Carolina Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award. Mr. and Mrs. Goodmon will be honored at a gala event on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at the Raleigh Convention Center.
2019 Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award
James (Jim) and Barbara Goodmon are the recipients of the 2019 Public School Forum of North Carolina Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award. The Forum established the award in 2000 to recognize leaders who have demonstrated innovative, creative, and effective leadership for public education in North Carolina. Mr. and Mrs. Goodmon will be honored at a gala event on Thursday, May 30, at the Raleigh Convention Center.
Jim Goodmon, chairman and CEO of Capitol Broadcasting Company, and Barbara Goodmon, president of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, have spent decades finding innovative ways to meet their community’s needs—and public education has been at the top of their agenda. As actively engaged philanthropists and changemakers, the Goodmons have promoted effective and high-quality human services for disadvantaged people and communities and spearheaded efforts to ensure North Carolina’s citizens have access to first-class early childhood education and public schools across the state.
Barbara Goodmon began her career as a pediatric nurse in Memphis, Tennessee. After moving to North Carolina, she dedicated herself to civic and social change through decades of community engagement, board service, and philanthropy. A passionate believer in community building and supporting the less fortunate, Barbara has served as president of A.J. Fletcher Foundation since 2003 and served as the Foundation’s executive director from 2003-2012. Through her work at the Foundation, Barbara has promoted collaboration and capacity-building in the arts, education, and non-profit sector. Barbara currently serves as President and Board Member of The Fletcher Academy, a school dedicated to serving students with learning differences, and has previously served on the Meredith College Board of Trustees, North Carolina State University College of Humanities and Social Sciences Advisory Board, University of North Carolina School of Social Work Board of Visitors, University of North Carolina School of the Arts Board of Trustees, and the Raleigh Fine Arts Society, amongst many others.
Over the nearly 40 years that Goodmon has led Capitol Broadcasting Company, he has become a media industry leader with award-winning local programming. Jim’s passion, however, far exceeds the impressive reach of his TV and radio empire that many are familiar with. Jim is ultimately driven by his devotion to his community, to his commitment to the public good and to empowering those who work with him to exceed their potential.
When it comes to public education in North Carolina, Jim’s leadership has been invaluable. As the first chairman of the North Carolina Partnership for Children, he led efforts to establish the Smart Start program to expand early childhood education opportunities for pre-school children in North Carolina and improve the standards for day care and other pre-school programs. In the last 25 years, the share of children in top-quality pre-school programs (4 and 5-star programs) has increased from 33 percent to 74 percent.
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Previous Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award Recipients
Lead Coordinator, Wachovia Partnership East & ECU College of Education
NC Teaching Fellows Graduate, NC Teacher of the Year, 2000-01
Dr. Tom McNeel
Caldwell County Schools
Dr. James F. Causby
Executive Director, North Carolina’s Superintendent Association
Johnston County Schools
Dr. Robert E. Bridges
Retired Educator and Consultant
Judge Howard E. Manning, Jr.
Resident Superior Court Judge
Dr. Ann T. Denlinger
Vice President, William Peace University
Phil J. Kirk, Jr.
Director of Energy Services, Brady Energy Services
Former Vice President of External Relations, Catawba College
Dr. William C. Harrison
Former chair of State Board of Education
Former Superintendent of Cumberland County Schools
Dr. Dudley E. Flood
Lawrence L. “Larry” Seigler
DSM Pharmaceuticals, Inc
Former President, UNC system
Dr. Sam Houston
President & CEO
North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center
Justice Burley Mitchell
Former Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court
Dr. Peggy Smith
Professor & Education Administrator
Dr. Edward Eugene “Gene” Causby
Education Consultant, Lobbyist
Former Executive Director, NC School Boards Association
Dr. Patricia “Pat” Ashley
Director, District and School Transformation Division
NC Department of Public Instruction
Dr. Mark Edwards
Mooresville Graded School District
Governor James B. Hunt, Jr.
Former Governor and First Lady of North Carolina
Governor James G. Martin, Former Governor of North Carolina
John Dornan and JoAnn Norris, Former Public School Forum of North Carolina Leaders
Howard N. Lee, Former Senator