Graham Receives Inaugural Red Hawk Spirit Award
Linda Graham, executive director of Catawba Valley Community College’s Alexander Center for Education in Taylorsville, was recently presented the inaugural Red Hawk Spirit Award. Pictured (from left) are Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw, CVCC President; John Watts, CVCC Trustee; Graham; and Jeremy Fortner, CVCC Trustee.
Linda Graham, executive director of Catawba Valley Community College’s Alexander Center for Education in Taylorsville, was recently presented the inaugural Red Hawk Spirit Award.
Graham was honored for her nine years of leadership as executive director of CVCC’s Alexander Center for Education service and her passionate dedication to expanding CVCC’s educational offerings in Alexander County. She was presented the award by Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw, college president, at a Board of Trustees meeting held at the CVCC Alexander Center, in anticipation of her retirement this summer.
“This is the first time we have presented the Red Hawk Spirit Award,” said Hinshaw. “It was created to recognize individuals who have changed the trajectory of the college. And it is certainly fitting that Linda Graham should receive this first honor considering the tremendous influence she has had on the growth of CVCC’s Alexander Center for Education.
“Without a doubt, she is the most positive person you will ever meet,” Hinshaw added. “Her dedication to education and her passion for helping students achieve their goals is exactly what CVCC is all about.”
A lifelong educator and longtime resident of Alexander County, Graham worked with students as a teacher and educator at Alexander Central High School for nearly a decade.
She served as a member of the CVCC-Alexander County Advisory Board before she joined the staff of the college in 2008.
Her ability to inspire and motivate others to pursue their educational dreams can be traced to her own personal experience as a college transfer student at Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, N.C. She earned a bachelor’s degree at East Carolina University and a master’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
She and her family are members of the First United Methodist Church in Taylorsville and live in the Wittenburg Community.
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