T. Clark Stancil, a creative design specialist with the Institute of Government, has been honored with the Public Service and Outreach Staff Award for Excellence, the most prestigious award for Public Service and Outreach staff members.
The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a strong work ethic, commitment to service and exceptional job performance.
At the Institute, Stancil uses his first-class design skills and knowledge of Georgia’s history to create unique plans and designs for local governments across the state, helping communities envision new possibilities while maintaining their history and character.
Working in the Institute’s Planning and Environmental Services unit, Stancil creates professional landscape designs, plans and renderings for the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Partnership, an award-winning program that combines the resources of the university, the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) and the Georgia Cities Foundation to help communities revitalize their downtowns. He has worked on numerous projects around the state, starting when he was named a Downtown Renaissance Fellow as a UGA College of Environment and Design student and continuing after he joined the Institute in 2015.
One project that stands out among Stancil’s colleagues is his work with the City of Fitzgerald. As a Downtown Renaissance Fellow, Stancil worked with Fitzgerald leaders to create designs for their historic downtown. The city has since worked to implement these concepts, including a mural honoring Fitzgerald native and civil rights advocate Morris B. Abram. Using Stancil’s design, the city obtained a grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts to commission the mural. The city was so pleased with his work, Stancil was invited back for the mural’s 2019 dedication.
Stancil has shown a rare ability to identify the unique character and values of every community he works with. Whether coordinating with city leaders, Institute faculty and staff, or UGA students, Stancil leaves a lasting impression with his work ethic, creativity and his love of Georgia.
“Clark Stancil has impressed me from the moment I interviewed him,” said Chris Higdon, GMA community development manager. “His passion for both design and public service was immediately evident. In the years I have worked with Clark since, his dedication to Georgia’s communities, as well as his poise in representing the University of Georgia, go well beyond his age.”
The Public Service and Outreach Staff Award for Excellence honors outstanding effort, encourages workplace creativity and innovation and celebrates the achievements of Public Service and Outreach staff. Honorees receive a certificate and an engraved award.
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