University Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for Sixth Straight Year

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Gardner-Webb’s Commitment to Service and Volunteerism Honored On Highest Level

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Gardner-Webb University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the sixth year in a row by the Corporation for National and Community Service.  A formal announcement of the 2013 inductees was made during the American Council on Education annual Conference, held on March 4 in Washington, D.C.

Gardner-Webb was one of just over 20 colleges and universities in North Carolina to make the distinguished list.  Each year the selection process is decided by a group of high-level members of the federal government.  The process is based on commitment to service and civic engagement on campus and across the nation.  According to the group’s official press release, “This honor recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcome in their communities.”

“The reality of an honor like this is that regardless of the existence of the award, our University would still be committed to volunteerism and serving the community,” said Stephanie Richey Capps, Coordinator for Community Engagement at GWU.  “We are honored to be recognized and hope that our recognition encourages other universities to make the same commitments to service that we have made.”

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll began in 2006 and annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a life path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.

“Every club and organization participates in service throughout the year,” said Capps.  “We have multiple groups, like the Psychology Club that serves at the local soup kitchen, or the Honors Student Association that regularly helps clean up at the Broad River, that are intentionally engaging in the community and positively impacting our world.”

More information is available about the Corporation for National and Community Service and the President’s award online at

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University blends a liberal arts core curriculum with more than 55 major and minor programs of specialized study, a comprehensive academic experience that flows from our Christian commitment to intellectual freedom, service and leadership.