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Fokes, Jackson named NC State Award for Excellence Recipients

Sean Fokes and Curtis (CJ) Jackson

Every day, Division of Academic and Student Affairs faculty and staff do amazing things. Each year the NC State University Awards for Excellence provides a public platform to recognize the accomplishments of some of our most deserving colleagues.

Two staff members in the Division of Academic and Student Affairs received an Award for Excellence at the university level at a ceremony on Monday, June 11, 2018. Sean Fokes and Curtis (CJ) Jackson received their awards in the Efficiency and Innovation and Outstanding State Government Service categories, respectively.

Sean Fokes, an energy manager in the division’s facilities department, is responsible for energy consumption in over 3 million square feet of building space. Fokes received the Award for Excellence in Efficiency and Innovation for a project in which he designed and implemented a new system in several residence halls that helped to control humidity levels and resulted in cost savings of over $1.7 million. Fokes is tireless in his pursuit of energy efficiency in all of the buildings for which he is responsible and through his leadership, we are able to keep our students comfortable in a fiscally responsible manner.

Curtis (CJ) Jackson, Assistant Director for East Campus in University Housing, supervises the daily operation of a residence hall area housing 2,200 students, over 130 student employees, and several full-time employees and is responsible for developing the Living and Learning Villages in his area. Jackson has developed the Black Male Initiative (BMI) Village over the past several years and that work is why he was awarded the Outstanding State Government Service award. BMI promotes brotherhood and develops leaders through academic success, personal growth, professional development, and self-responsibility. Under Jackson’s leadership, BMI has provided students with numerous engagement and learning opportunities. He provides strong vision and leadership, creates and implements initiatives that impact students, and gives all of himself to craft an exceptional experience for his students.