Gillings School's Thompson takes home UNC's Massey Award

April 2, 2014

Gloria Thompson

Gloria Thompson

Gloria Thompson, a housekeeper at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, is one of six winners of the 2014 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award, one of the most coveted distinctions the University gives to faculty and staff members.

The late C. Knox Massey of Durham established the awards in 1980 to recognize “unusual, meritorious or superior contributions” by University employees. In 1984, he joined the families of his son, Knox Massey Jr., and daughter, Kay Massey Weatherspoon, in creating the Massey-Weatherspoon fund. Income from the fund supports the Massey Awards and Carolina Seminars.

UNC Chancellor Carol Folt will honor the recipients, who were chosen from nominations from the campus community, at an awards luncheon on April 12. Each will receive a monetary stipend and an award citation.

Thompson, whose daily friendly greetings and good work are appreciated by all who know her, said she was very surprised and excited to be selected for the award.

“I just want to say thank you to everyone who nominated me,” she said. “The Gillings School is a wonderful place to work because the people are so friendly and supportive.”

Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or