Erickson Tabbed for Chancellor's Unit Award for Excellence
April 16, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State’s Bob Erickson was selected as an EPA recipient of the prestigious Chancellor’s Unit Award for Excellence on Tuesday inside the Chancellor’s Reception Room of the Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center and will now vie for the University Awards for Excellence.
The Awards for Excellence is a program that honors state employees across North Carolina. At NC State, nominees are chosen from 16 colleges and units on campus. Candidates are nominated based on five criteria, including outstanding service, innovation, public service, safety/heroism and human relations. The athletics department is part of the Chancellor's Unit.
Erickson joined the Wolfpack in 2004 and currently serves as the Superintendent of the Short Game Golf Practice Facility, where he and his staff manage the facility to simulate tournament conditions year round. In addition, Erickson also works as a campus agronomist for Facilities/Grounds assisting the various campuses with turfgrass management issues.
"I've known Bob for years," said NC State assistant men's golf coach Chip Watson. "His background in the golf business was as a superintendent at Prestonwood (Country Club) over in Cary. What you always heard about Bob was how meticulous he was. He cared a lot about all of the little things and all of the details, and this is something which has really carried on into his job with NC State.”
The University’s PGA Golf Management and Turfgrass Management programs also use the short game practice facility for instructional purposes. Prior to his arrival to NC State, Erickson spent five years as a golf course superintendent at the prestigious Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, N.C. He also has previously worked as a golf course superintendent at Blackhawk Country Club in Madison, Wis.
"He’s one of those guys who just really wants to help,” Watson said. “Even if something is not directly in his area of responsibility, he will jump right in and help. He wants everything done right. We know that if we want something done, even if it's a very detailed project, you can just give it to him and forget about it, knowing full well that it is going to be done perfectly."
Erickson was one of two NC State athletics faculty nominated for the award, along with strength coach Craig Sowers.