Trevecca Nazarene University

Trevecca honors Senator Elizabeth Dole

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Senator Elizabeth Dole was an honored guest for a special chapel service held Thursday, Sept. 15, at 9:30 AM. Dole had been selected to receive the second Nina Griggs Gunter Servant Leadership Award, given in recognition of Dole’s example of servant leadership.

During the ceremony, Senator Dole spoke about the role her Christian faith has played in her life and about her experiences as a servant leader. She also recognized Trevecca's efforts to empower student leaders. "Trevecca is not only an institution of higher learning, but also higher yearning," said Dole.

Also in that service a female Trevecca student was awarded the Nina Griggs Gunter Servant-Leader scholarship award in recognition of the ways that she has demonstrated servant leadership. That scholarship award was presented to Vera Pendergraft, a senior social justice major from North Carolina.

The Nina Griggs Gunter Servant Leadership Award is named for Nina Griggs Gunter, PhD, a 1958 alumna of Trevecca, former general director of Nazarene Missions International, and the first female elected to serve as one of the six general superintendents in the Church of the Nazarene. This award recognizes Gunter’s significant impact on the Church of the Nazarene and her influence as a female role model for women who are servant leaders.

Dole was the first to receive the Nina Griggs Gunter Servant Leadership Award following the creation of the honor the year prior.

A graduate of Duke University, Dole earned a law degree from Harvard Law School and a master of arts in teaching from Harvard University before beginning a career of service. In that career, Dole, a native of North Carolina, has been a model for females while giving distinguished service to her country and to humanitarian causes in positions in both government and the public sector. She has served five United States presidents and held two Cabinet positions, as Secretary of Transportation and Secretary of Labor;  served as a commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission; represented the State of North Carolina as its senator, the first woman to be elected senator from that state; served eight years as president of the world’s largest humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross, the first woman since Clara Barton to serve in that role; and sought her party’s presidential nomination, the first viable female candidate from a major political party.

Her accomplishments have been recognized by many organizations. She has received honorary doctorates from more than 40 colleges and universities; moreover, her name has appeared numerous times on Gallup Poll’s list of the world’s top ten most admired women 

Her list of other awards is extensive: Churchwoman of the Year by Religious Heritage of America, Religious Broadcasters’ Board of Directors Award and Christian Woman of the Year Award, the Governor’s North Carolina Award,  North Carolinian of the Year from the North Carolina Press Association, Citizen of the Carolinas Award from the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women in State Government, Leadership Award from the League of Women Voters, winner of the Raoul Wallenberg Award for Humanitarian Service, Humanitarian Award by the National Commission Against Drunk Driving, the Foreign Policy Association Medal, the Radcliffe College Medal, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.  She has been inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.