Gov. Bev Perdue, who earned two education degrees at the University of Florida, will receive the university's distinguished alumnus award this year.
Perdue earned a master's degree in community college administration in 1974 and a doctorate in educational administration two years later.
“Bev Perdue’s achievements as a long-time public servant, a champion of education and now as governor of North Carolina certainly make her one of our most illustrious and accomplished graduates,” Catherine Emihovich, dean of UF’s College of Education, said in a statement.
The award is usually bestowed at commencement, said college spokesman Larry Lansford, and the university is working with Perdue's office to see if she'll be able to make it to Gainesville in May. The university would like her to give a speech.
"She's solid proof that a teaching degree can get you places in education and also help you along other career paths," he said.
State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison nominated Perdue for the award.