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Calloway School career development professional wins top state award


November 19, 2008

Sam Leonard Beck, director of student professional development at Wake Forest University’s Calloway School of Business and Accountancy, has received the Roy N. Anderson Award from the North Carolina Career Development Association (NCCDA). 

The award recognizes outstanding lifetime leadership and meritorious service to the career development profession. It is the highest honor given by NCCDA.  Beck was presented the award at the NCCDA annual conference in Raleigh. 

“This award is long overdue,” said Bonnie Truax, who nominated Beck for the award.  “Over the past 23 years of service, she has displayed great character and depth in her background, skills and passion for this noble calling of career development and counseling.”  Truax is a senior career consultant at the Greensboro offices of Right Management, a past NCCDA president and previous Roy N. Anderson Award winner.

Beck is a past NCCDA board member, treasurer and president and has been active in other state, regional and national career organizations, including serving as an executive board member of the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Employers.

She joined Wake Forest this past summer as director of the Calloway School’s Ernst & Young Professional Development Center.  Previously, she was director of career development at High Point University for 14 years and prior to that worked in career counseling at Forsyth Technical Community College for nine years. 

“I know I speak for all of us at Wake Forest who have had the pleasure and honor of working with Sam when I say we are simply thrilled—though not surprised—that she would be recognized by her colleagues and peers from around the state of North Carolina for her significant accomplishments,” said Gordon McCray, interim senior associate dean of the Calloway School.  “Since she joined our team earlier this year, Sam already has established herself as a thought leader and vital contributor to major change efforts underway in business education at Wake Forest.”

Beck received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest, graduating cum laude with a double major in speech communication and history.  She received a Master of Arts degree in history from Wake Forest and completed additional coursework at the Wake Forest School of Law, in the Wake Forest graduate program in counseling and in the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s graduate program in counseling and educational development.  Beck is a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, a National Certified Career Counselor and a Master Career Counselor.

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Sam Beck, director of the Ernst & Young Professional Development Center at Wake Forest University's Calloway School of Business and Accountancy.
Sam Beck, director of the Ernst & Young Professional Development Center at Wake Forest University's Calloway School of Business and Accountancy.
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