This year’s Friday Medal recipient is Dudley E. Flood, Ed.D., a former educator and administrator at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) who was instrumental in desegregating North Carolina’s schools. During his 21 years at NCDPI, Dr. Flood served as assistant and then associate state superintendent. Since his time at NCDPI, he has been a lecturer and consultant for groups around the nation, serving on the North Carolina Minority Prostate Cancer Awareness Action Team, the Public School Forum of North Carolina Board, the WakeEd Partnership leadership council, and other boards and committees. Dr. Flood has been a strong advocate for educational equity throughout his career and an ongoing source of inspiration to the educational community.
In recognition of the commitment of Bill and Ida Friday to educational excellence, the Friday Institute created the Friday Medal to honor significant, distinguished and enduring contributions to education and beyond through advocating innovation, advancing education and imparting inspiration. This award is given annually to those who embody the mission and spirit of the Friday Institute.