2011 Honorary Member
U.S. Congressman David Price (D-North Carolina) was named a "Champion of Science" by the Science Coalition, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization of 50 of the leading public and private research universities in the U.S. The North Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club has also recognized him as their "Legislator of the Year." Among other accomplishments, Price authored a bill to establish the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education program, which helps community colleges upgrade their training programs for jobs in high-tech fields. From his position on the Appropriations Committee, he supported the effort to double funding for the National Institutes of Health over five years and has pressed for a similar boost to the National Science Foundation. He is a recipient of the American Political Science Association's Hubert H. Humphrey Public Service Award and also has been recognized by Voices for AmeriCorps, the NC Low-Income Housing Coalition, the NC Public Transportation Association, the Association of Community College Trustees, the National Association of Land-Grant Colleges and State Universities, and other organizations for his work in housing, education, and transportation policy. Before going to Congress in 1987, Price was a professor of political science and public policy at Duke University. He is the author of four books on Congress and the American political system. Born in 1940, Price grew up in the small town of Erwin in eastern Tennessee. He was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his B.A. in 1961 and continued his education at Yale University, where he received a Bachelor of Divinity degree and a Ph.D. in political science.