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Jackson Rigney International Service Award

Accepting nominations until February 23, 2024


This award recognizes the distinguished contributions of a faculty or staff member at North Carolina State University in promoting international understanding and service to the university and/or to the international community over the course of their career.

Jackson Rigney

About Jackson Rigney

Dr. Jackson A. Rigney was an agronomist of great energy and generosity of spirit who served NC State for forty years. He brought a global perspective to his life and work, which served as a model for those who seek to promote international programs.  Dr. Rigney was Chief of the NC State Research Mission to Peru and received the Official Order of Merit from the president of Peru. He embraced an ethic of service that extended well beyond professional and academic duties. The Jackson Rigney International Service Award fund was established to honor his memory and to recognize and support others who carry on in the same tradition of international service.


Recipients of the Jackson Rigney International Service Award receive a plaque and $1,000 to advance their global work. Recipients are recognized each year at a special honors luncheon in April.


Active, full-time faculty who have been employed by NC State for a minimum of five years at the time of nomination who have:

  • A distinguished record of international service
  • Demonstrated commitment to integrating international perspectives, colleagues, and activities into their teaching, research, outreach, or other work areas.


The Jackson Rigney International Service Award is sponsored by the University Standing Committee on International Programs (CIP).  Funding for the Award is provided through the Jackson A. Rigney International Endowment in the North Carolina State University Foundation.

Selection Process

Each spring, the call for nominations is announced by the Committee on International Programs and Office of Global Engagement. Committee members review all nominations and announce the recipient at a Global Engagement Honors & Awards Luncheon.

Nomination Instructions

Nominations must include the following:

  • Nomination letter that outlines the nominee’s qualifications and achievements in international service at NC State and the world
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae, which should highlight the impact that the nominee’s international activities have had on the NC State community and the world

Important Dates

  • Nomination deadline: February 23, 2024
  • Award announcement & ceremony: April 2024