Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Kim Hoke Earns Top Honor - Gaskins Award

Congratulations to Kim Hoke on winning the North Carolina School Public Relations Associaton’s top honor – the Barry Gaskins Service Award.
This prestigious award from the North Carolina School Public Relations Association (NCSPRA) annually recognizes a practicing or retired school public relations professional for outstanding leadership in school public relations and communications.

The award is named for Barry Gaskins, APR, who passed away unexpectedly in March 2003 at the age of 49. During his 24-year career as the first and only public information officer for Pitt County Schools in Greenville, North Carolina, Barry gained a national reputation for his skill as a public relations professional and his ability to engage diverse publics in support of public education. He served as president of NCSPRA in 1986-1987 and later in various roles as state coordinator and governmental liaison. He also served as Southeast Region Vice President of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), 1996-1999, and president of NSPRA, 2001-2002. Barry was known for his passion for school public relations and deep commitment to the advancement of public education. His leadership, vision and guidance on the NCSPRA Board greatly contributed to the chapter earning the coveted Blue Ribbon Chapter Award from NSPRA for 27 years. Barry was devoted to NCSPRA and NSPRA and spent much of his time supporting the professional development of his colleagues and serving as a mentor and friend to his “NCSPRA family.”

Kim Hoke currently serves as the Executive Director of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation. She previously spent 22 years as the public information officer for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and ten years in Granville County Schools.

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