Stephanie Jobe was a central figure in the Governor’s School Alumni Association (GSAA) for over 12 years. During that time, she served in a variety of leadership roles, culminating with her multi-year service as GSAA President. In every role she held, Stephanie always set the highest bar for service, giving selflessly of her time and talents.
During her tenure with GSAA, Stephanie was a perennial leader of GSAA events, including alumni day each summer. She was always a welcoming face for alumni, letting them know the GSAA was excited to have them back at GS. Not only was Stephanie usually the face of GSAA, she also made things work behind-the-scenes. No one knew more than Stephanie about the GSAA’s greatest asset – its alumni database. Stephanie’s technical knowledge was unsurpassed, and she was always willing to go the extra mile to make sure the database was updated and working, much like Jim Hart himself, who recruited Stephanie into the GSAA.
Stephanie’s last act as GSAA president was arguably her most selfless. At a time when many people would’ve held onto the title of president, Stephanie recognized that the best way to serve all Governor’s School (GS) alumni was to merge the GSAA into the NC Governor’s School Foundation (GSF). As GSAA president, Stephanie had served on the GSF board of directors. Through that service, she realized that having two organizations was confusing some alumni and that the limited resources of the two organizations could be deployed more efficiently by combining functions and boards. Stephanie worked seamlessly with GSF leaders to fold the GSAA alumni services into the GSF, and then wind down the GSAA as a legal entity. Her leadership left both organizations stronger and much better positioned to represent and serve GS alumni.
For those and many other reasons, the GSF is proud to honor Stephanie Jobe as a Jim Hart Governor’s School Champion Award winner for 2020.