“In addition to all the good things he has done for tobacco farmers and for rural North Carolina, his legacy is going to be in the people he helped along the way. He takes just as much joy in the success of others than he does in his own success – and probably more.”
When North Carolina agricultural leaders talk about William K. Collins Sr., the accolades flow: He’s a natural teacher. A pioneering Extension specialist. A mold-breaking researcher. A world-leading authority on tobacco production and policy. A humble philanthropist. And, above all, a trusted friend and mentor.
On Friday, March 2, Collins received the university’s highest non-academic award, the Watauga Medal, as part of the annual Founders Day celebration. The medal recognizes those who have made significant contributions to advancing the university.