Stancil and Bell win awards at Chamber of Commerce’s 75th Meeting

Post Date:02/08/2018 1:07 PM

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce convened 400 community leaders for its 75th Annual Meeting on Feb. 8 to announce new initiatives and honor distinguished public and private sector leaders. Chapel Hill Town Manager Roger Stancil was awarded the Duke Energy Citizenship Award and Council Member Donna Bell received the 2017 Chair’s Award for Public Private Partnership.

Duke Energy District Manager Indira Everett presented the Citizenship and Service award to Stancil in recognition of his integrity, stewardship, inclusion, initiative, teamwork and accountability.

“The Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award is a tribute to individuals or groups who make a difference in their communities and organizations by using their time, talents, and compassion to make a positive difference,” Everett said. “Recipients of the award help foster a culture of citizenship and service that acts as a catalyst for others to become involved.”

Stancil, a graduate of Wake Forest University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was named Chapel Hill Town Manager in 2006. He announced that he will retire in September 2018.

“Roger’s time in Chapel Hill will be remembered as one of effective, ethical leadership that engaged community, empowered employees, and encouraged and promoted partnership,” Everett added. “Through his years of service, Roger demonstrated the power of active listening and how to treat others with kindness and respect. He has shown us what true, thoughtful, intelligent, effective leadership looks like.”

Joel Levy, the Chamber’s Immediate Past Chair, presented the Award for Public Private Partnership to Council Member Bell. The award was created in 2010 by then Chamber board chair Joanne Fiore of AICPA to recognize an individual whose work and community service builds bridges between the community’s public and private sectors.

“This year’s award is presented to an elected official whose work advances the interests of our community by balancing her strong interests in social justice, environmental stewardship and economic prosperity for all,” Levy said. “This individual convenes diverse voices in an effort to build consensus and like the Chamber, works to advance the public interest over the special interest. And while we might not always agree, she has always made herself accessible and available to hear and consider the business perspective.”

Bell has served as a Chapel Hill Town Council Member from 2009-2015, and is currently serving from 2015 to 2019. She holds a holds a master’s degree in social work from Smith College and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently works as a clinical social worker in private practice.

For more information on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, please contact Katie Loovis at



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