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Oliver Max Gardner Award

The Oliver Max Gardner Award, given annually since 1949, was established by the will of Gov. Oliver Max Gardner to recognize faculty who have “made the greatest contributions to the welfare of the human race.” It is the only award for which all faculty members of the 17 UNC campuses are eligible. Recipients are nominated by their chancellors and selected by the Board of Governors. The Committee on Honorary Degrees and Special Awards screens the nominations on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, and the chancellor forwards their recommendation to the Board of Governors.