By: Ben Anderson
Doug Orr, president emeritus of Warren Wilson College, has been selected by Gov. Michael F. Easley to receive The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor in North Carolina.
The award is given to “outstanding North Carolinians who have a proven record of service to the state.” Hope Williams, president of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU), nominated Orr for the honor.
Orr, 67, served as board chair of NCICU until his retirement from Warren Wilson in July after 15 years as president. His numerous area and statewide board memberships have included the N.C. Center for International Understanding, the N.C. Progress Board, the N.C. Outward Bound School, WCQS-FM and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. Before coming to Warren Wilson in 1991, he was vice chancellor for development and public service and professor of geography at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Orr also is coeditor of “North Carolina Atlas: Portrait for a New Century,” which ranks in the top five in sales among The University of North Carolina Press’ more than 1,500 titles. A copy of the atlas can be found in each public library in North Carolina.