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Posted Friday, August 23, 2013
Pittsboro, NC - At the Opening Employee Convocation on Thursday, August 22, 2013, Superintendent Robert L. Logan was surprised with one of the state’s highest honors. Representative Deb McManus worked with Logan’s administrative assistant, Sheila Tally, and Chatham Central High School principal, Mitch Stensland to surprise Logan with the prestigious honor at the end of the convocation agenda.
The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award was created in 1963 to honor visiting dignitaries. Over time, it became one of the highest awards presented by the Governor of North Carolina. According to the Long Leaf Pine Association, “Among the honors and awards the Governor of North Carolina can bestow, none is more valued than the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Since its creation in 1963, it has been presented to honor persons who have a proven record of service to the State of North Carolina or some other special achievement, and to others as a gesture of friendship and good will. Upon being named to the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the honoree receives a certificate by which the Governor confers upon the recipient ‘..the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary privileged to enjoy fully all rights granted to members of this exalted order among which is the special privilege to propose the following North Carolina Toast in select company anywhere in the free world:
’Here’s to the land
of the long leaf pine.
The summer land
where the sun doth shine,
Where the weak grow strong
and the strong grow great,
Here’s to “down home”
the Old North State!’”
Tally, who instigated the nomination, says of Logan “I’ve always admired the way that Robert makes every individual feel heard and valued. One of the unique things about Robert is how sincerely he cares about the education of every single child and to that end is able to motivate and inspire the people around him.” Visibly touched by the honor, Logan said, "I am so honored to receive the Order of the Long Leaf Pine as I retire from thirty-five years in public education. It is humbling to receive this tremendous acknowledgement from the state where I was raised, work, and where I intend to retire. North Carolina has been a wonderful place to spend my career and I am so honored to have the right to share the North Carolina toast as I travel throughout the country. Thank you to all of those who worked so quietly to nominate me and present the award. It has been an honor."
Logan’s last day as superintendent of Chatham County Schools will be August 31, 2013.