Dr. Lee David Legette Receives Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Lee David Legette

Dr. Lee David Legette
May 18, 2012

Dr. Lee David Legette, professor of Music in the Department of Fine Arts, in the College of Arts and Sciences at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), has been awarded the 2012 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching at WSSU.

He has been a valued member of the WSSU academic community for more than 21 years, serving as a faculty, scholar, and community servant.  Dr. Legette's support for this prestigious award spans across WSSU leadership, colleagues, current students, alumni, public school administrators and music educators across the state.

This is the University’s highest honor for superior teaching!  In 1993, the UNC Board established this award with the following resolution: “To underscore the importance of teaching and to encourage, identify, recognize, reward, and support good teaching within the University, the Board of Governors shall create annual system-wide teaching awards with monetary stipends which are designated the Board of Governors Awards for Excellence in Teaching.”

Dr. Legette was recognized during WSSU’s May 12th graduation exercise by a UNC Board of Governors member who presented him with an engraved bronze medallion and a stipend check for $7,500.00.

Dr. Legette's strengths were summarized as including immense pedagogical skills, thorough knowledge of instrumental music techniques, knowledge of jazz/wind band music, and saxophone performance skills.  He has also been described as an individual of great personal and professional integrity, loyal to students, the University, and the community.  Dr. Legette states "without development and growth in the aesthetic attributes of man's potential, man is in a real sense less complete…less human."  He believes that "the expression and experience of music in all cultures and races is an essential [sic] of man's health, because his healthy life is one of interdependence…Sensitivity to beauty and the making of beauty is basic to man's experience.  The use of music for man's health, happiness, and comfort is universal."

In addition to teaching and advising students, Dr. Legette serves on numerous University committees and is well regarded in the Winston-Salem community as a musical performer, composer, and arranger with original copyrighted material.  

Dr. Legette earned his Ph.D. in Music Education and certificate in Computers in Music from Florida State University, an M.A. in Music Education from the University of Iowa, and B.S. in Music Education from Fayetteville State University.

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