ASHEVILLE, NC, July 12, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Dr. Charles Dickens with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Dickens celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
With nearly 30 years of industry experience to his credit, Dr. Dickens has been retired since 1993, having most recently worked as the executive secretary of the Federal Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering, and Technology from 1992 to 1993 and coordinated five major initiatives that cut across federal departments and agencies, including science and mathematics education, high performance computing, biotechnology, global environmental change, and advanced materials and manufacturing. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Dickens was a senior policy analyst for the organization from 1990 to 1992. Previously, he served the National Science Foundation as head of the surveys and analysis section from 1986 to 1990, head of the scientific and technical personnel studies section from 1983 to 1986. In the mid-1980s Dr. Dickens initiated improvements and redesign of the statistical surveys that provide data on the education and employment of U. S. scientists and engineers. Earlier, he had served the National Science Foundation as study director of the science education studies group from 1973 to 1983, associate program director for the undergraduate instructional program from 1969 to 1973, and planning specialist from 1967 to 1969. On the first Earth Day in 1970 the National Science Foundation launched many initiatives, among them Student Originated Studies, with Dr. Dickens as program manager, that funded groups of undergraduates to conduct student-led environmental science projects. Dr. Dickens began his career as an assistant professor at Wake Forest University from 1965 to 1967.
Before embarking on his professional path, Dr. Dickens pursued an education at Duke University, earning a Bachelor of Science in 1957. Following this accomplishment, he completed military service, first serving on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1959, followed by service in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1959 to 1965. During this time, he returned to academic efforts, receiving a Master of Education from Duke University in 1964. Dr. Dickens concluded his studies at Duke University in 1966, graduating with a Doctor of Education.
Beyond his responsibilities within the field, Dr. Dickens has contributed to numerous endeavors outside his professional circles. He has served as a volunteer counselor for the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) since 1996. He has contributed to the Western Carolina chapter of the Alzheimer's Association on their board of directors from 2009 to 2010. He has also worked in participation with the North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislature as a member from 2005 to 2015, on the credentials and elections committee from 2005 to 2007, as speaker from 2007 to 2009, and as chair of the rules and bylaws committee from 2011 to 2013. During his term as speaker, Dr. Dickens led a successful statewide advocacy campaign to secure funding by the North Carolina General Assembly for Project C.A.R.E. (Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty), which helps family members caring at home for a relative with Alzheimer's or related dementia. Dr. Dickens has also been active with the Friends of North Carolina Senior Tar Heels, Inc., from 2005 to 2011, for which he has held the title of vice president from 2007 to 2009.
Dr. Dickens served on the advisory board for the Cameron Applied Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 1994 to 1999. Dr. Dickens has been involved with SRI International from 2002 to 2014 and the American Men and Women of Science since 1991. He has been a member of the board of delegates of the Land of Sky Regional Council since 2010, serving as member of the Regional Aging Advisory Council since 2005 and as chairman from 2010 to 2018. Dr. Dickens has also contributed to the Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Inc., as a member of their board of directors from 2000 to 2006. He was an active member of the Buncombe County Aging Coordinating Consortium from 2005 to 2014 and served as co-chairman from 2006 to 2007.
In addition to his primary trade, Dr. Dickens remains affiliated with various organizations in relation to his areas of expertise. He has maintained involvement with the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association as vice president of Chapter 156 from 1995 to 1996, president from 1996 to 1997, and Area I vice president of the North Carolina Federation from 1997 to 2001. Likewise, Dr. Dickens is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
In light of his exceptional undertakings, Dr. Dickens has accrued several accolades and honors throughout his impressive career. He was recognized as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1997, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation in 1963, and a James B. Duke Fellow of Duke University from 1963 to 1965. He was presented the Angier B. Duke Prize by Duke University 1953 to 1957, the Mickey Hanula Award by the North Carolina Department of Insurance as SHIIP Volunteer of the Year in 1998, the Margaret Hart Hardee Excellence in Aging Award from the North Carolina Association of Area Agencies on Aging in 2008, an Appreciation Award from North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue in 2009, and the Kathleen Goodwin Cole Award from the Land of Sky Regional Council in 2010. He received the Ernest B. Messer Senior Citizen of the Year Award from the North Carolina Senior Citizens Association in 2010. Most recently, he received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory in 2014 and the Charles H. Campbell Regional Leadership Award from the Land of Sky Regional Council in 2017. Additionally, Dr. Dickens was selected for inclusion in multiple editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the South and Southwest and Who's Who in the World.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Dickens has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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