SANFORD — Linda Spivey, of Sanford, has been honored for her long and valuable service to the North Carolina Association of Educational Office Professionals District 7 by being named the district’s 2010-11 Lula M. Burrell Educational Office Professional of the Year.
The award announcement was made at the district’s annual meeting Oct. 29 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, in Sanford. Spivey also received a President’s Award from out-going District 7 president, Donna Cox, for her assistance during Cox's tenure.
“How exciting — this is quite an honor,” Spivey said. “I am so pleased to be representing NCAEOP and Central Carolina Community College. Both have been good for me and to me professionally and I will surely do my best to serve them well. The President’s Award is truly prestigious and a very personal treasure.”
Spivey, an employment specialist at Central Carolina Community College, has served in many positions in the NCAEOP at the local, district and state levels. She has been an active member of the state association for 27 years and a member of the National AEOP since 2002.
Spivey was instrumental in the establishment of the college’s AEOP unit in 1983 and served as its first vice president. She has since served twice as president of the local unit, as well as parliamentarian and on various committees.
She has served District 7 as president, president-elect, vice president and secretary. At the state level, she has served as president president-elect, vice president and secretary. She was the first person from Central Carolina C.C. to serve as a state officer.
Spivey previously was honored as the local and District 7 Educational Office Professional of the Year in 1992-93 and 2004-05.
District 7 includes Lee, Moore, Randolph, Stanly, Montgomery, Anson, Richmond, Union and Scotland counties. Spivey will now compete for the state-level EOP of the Year against the winners from the organization’s 13 other districts. The winner will be announced at the March state conference in Greensboro. That winner will then compete at the national level.
Spivey, a Sanford native, earned her secretarial diploma from the Sanford Business College and an associate degree at Central Carolina C.C. She also holds a Professional Associate II Certificate from the NCAEOP.
She has been the organist at Grace Chapel Christian Church, in Sanford, for 49 years. She is also active in the United Way of Lee County. Spivey also does bridal consulting. She and her husband, David Spivey, a retired Lee County Schools educator, have been married for 50 years.
The NCAEOP, founded in 1951 as the N.C. Association of Educational Secretaries, is a 2,800-member organization of personnel and administrators in North Carolina public and private educational institutions.