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Dr. Samuel F. Sears

Dr. Samuel F. Sears

ECU teacher gets top UNC Award

“I have referred to this award as the academic Heisman for North Carolina.”


Dr. Samuel F. Sears
award recipient

By Spaine Stephens

ECU News Services

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PEMBROKE — An East Carolina University professor has received the highest faculty honor bestowed by the University of North Carolina for his work to improve quality of life in heart patients.

The UNC Board of Governors named Dr. Samuel F. Sears, director of the doctoral program in health psychology, on Friday as the winner of the 2013 O. Max Gardner Award.


The honor, which comes with a $20,000 stipend, pays tribute to one faculty member within the UNC system who, during the current academic year, made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race. Sears accepted the award at the Board of Governors’ monthly meeting at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

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Bless your heart
Bless your heart