In a ceremony at the Georgia State Archives in Morrow attended by University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby and Gov. Nathan Deal, University of North Georgia’s (UNG) Charles H. "Trey" Wilson III received an Award for Excellence in Documenting Georgia’s History from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (GHRAC) for his book "The History of Brenau University, 1878–2013."
Dr. Wilson, associate professor of political science and international affairs, was commended by GHRAC for his expert use of hundreds of painstakingly-researched primary sources (such as letters, documents, photographs, yearbooks, student newspapers, student handbooks, etc.) in producing such a well-written and detailed history.
"I am indeed very honored to have received this award," Wilson said. "Experts esteeming your scholarship as good and valuable is so rewarding because there is no higher bar for an academic."
Previous years’ recipients of the award have included scholars from Georgia State University, Emory, Johns Hopkins, and two winners of the prestigious Bancroft Prize in American history. His book has also been nominated for the Georgia Historical Society’s Lilla M. Hawes Award for the best book in Georgia local history.
Wilson has been on the faculty at UNG since 2004. He teaches primarily in the area of public law as a member of the Department of Political Science & International Affairs. He also teaches in UNG's Honors Program. He holds a degree in law in addition to his Ph.D. and serves as UNG's official advisor to pre-law students. Wilson is currently at work on his second book. He received a UNG Presidential Scholar Award to support his research into desegregation at southern women's colleges.