NCASA’s Champion For Children


This prestigious award is given annually to an individual who has shown commitment to and leadership in supporting and enhancing public schools in North Carolina. Governor Roy Cooper is NCASA’s 2019 Champion for Children.

Governor Cooper has spent nearly three decades in public service protecting families, keeping communities safe, and working to create jobs and improve schools. The son of a school teacher, he knows that education creates opportunity and he has worked throughout his career to strengthen our schools and create a sound foundation for our state’s children.

Cooper served as a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives (1987-1991), as a member of the North Carolina Senate (1991-2001) and as the 49th Attorney General of North Carolina (1987-1991) before assuming the office of Governor in 2017. He believes in the potential of our great state and its people. By investing in our public schools and giving students the tools they need to succeed, creating good jobs and raising incomes for the middle class, and strengthening communities, North Carolinians can live and work in places they are proud to call home. Previous NCASA Champion For Children recipients include:

2018 | D. Craig Horn
2017 | Hugh Blackwell
2016 | James H. Langdon, Jr. 
2015 | John Dornan
2014 | Ann B. Goodnight
2013 | Linda P. Johnson
2012 | Beverly E. Perdue
2011 | Bill McNeal & June St. Clair Atkinson
2010 | Vernon Malone
2009 | Howard N. Lee
2008 | Rick Glazier
2007 | Douglas Yongue
2006 | James B. Hunt, Jr. & Michael F. Easley

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