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The Jim Hart Award

The Jim Hart Champion Award was created in 2014 to recognize extraordinary commitment and contribution to the Governor’s School Foundation.
Named after the first recipient and a true champion of Governor’s School, Jim Hart, the award is given to honor steadfast leadership, support, or service to the Governor’s School.

Hall of Champions

Scott Gayle

Award Recipient, 2016


Ron Loftis

Award Recipient- 2015

Ron Loftis Jr. (GSW 1969) served as the treasurer of the Foundation for 25 years, since its inception in 1990. During the 2011 budget crisis, when state budget cuts threatened to shut down the Governor School, donations to the Foundation increased by over 200%. Ron worked tirelessly to manage the Foundation's finances during this unprecedented increase. From meticulous financial management, to consistent reports to the Foundation board, providing updates on rapidly changing budgetary and political matters. Ron Loftis' vision, advice and suggestions have been critical to the Foundation's success.


David and C.C. Winslow

Award Recipient-2015

When David Winslow (GSW 1972 joined the Foundation Board, the merits of his fundraising expertise were as self-evident as they were severely needed, but no one could anticipated the crucial contributions of his wife C.C. Winslow. David’s tireless fundraising efforts in 2011 resulted in a record-breaking fundraising campaign protecting the legacy and future of the Governor’s School. Perhaps more importantly, as Fund Drive Chair from 2012-2014, David helped to maintain the momentum from the 2011 campaign and inspire investors across the state to maintain their financial commitment to preserving the Governor’s School. In 2011, C.C. Winslow volunteered to create and tirelessly maintain a comprehensive database system that tracks donations to the Foundation and updates contact information of alumni. It was C.C.’s dedication that allowed the Foundation to build on her start with new software that will take the Foundation and the Alumni Association into the future.


Jim Hart

Award Recipient-2014

In his 20 years of service to both the North Carolina Governor's School Foundation and the Alumni Association, Jim Hart (GSW 1979) has transformed and inspired everyone around him. When Jim realized that the State had failed to keep any contact information on the thousands of students who have attended Governor's School, he undertook the near impossible task of recording the name and address of every single attendee. Jim created the original database used by both GSAA and the Foundation. In 2012, he created the scholarship process from scratch, and chaired the Scholarship Committee for three years. In 2013, Jim designed and implemented a survey of 750 alumni that proved instrumental in convincing the legislature to restore funding for the Governor's School in 2013.

Jim's leadership is manifest in every decision the Foundation makes, and his dedication to Governor's School has remained constant. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors for the Governor's School Foundation today.