East Carolina University College of Education administrative staff member Lou Anna Hardee was recognized as distinguished governor for 2010-11 at the Optimist International Convention in Milwaukee, Wisc.
Hardee is governor of Optimist International’s North Carolina East District, which has more than 1,300 members in 36 clubs. She was presented with a ring as well as a medallion acknowledging her work as a “Builder of Excellence.”
An active member, committee chair and treasurer of the Optimist Club of Greenville, Hardee is former president and member of the board of directors of the Greenville club. In 2008 and 2011, she was named Optimist of the Year. She is a leader in the N.C. East District, serving as immediate past governor, candidate qualifications chair, and lieutenant governor of Zone Three, which has clubs in Greenville, Washington, Goldsboro, Morehead City, and Cape Carteret.
Hardee has worked at ECU since 1968. She is married to Curtis L. Hardee and resides in Greenville.