Raleigh chamber to recognize Ann Goodnight

Posted September 9, 2008 1:33 p.m. EDT

— The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce will present its A.E. Finley Distinguished Service Award to Ann Goodnight, director of community relations at Cary-based software developer SAS Institute.

The award has been given annually since 1970 to recognize a person who has contributed time, talent and service to the benefit of the community.

Goodnight's commitment to Wake County and public education led her to co-chair two successful Wake County bond referenda to build new schools for the county's rapidly growing student population.

She is a member of the UNC Board of Governors and the national advisory board for the William and Ida Friday Institute for Education Innovation at North Carolina State University. She also is a co-founder and board member of Cary Academy and serves on the board of the Public School Forum of NC and the NC New Schools Project.

She is a trustee with the North Carolina Museum of Art and Wake Education Partnership, serves on the boards of directors for the High Five Regional Partnership and the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, is on the board of advisers for the Triangle Leadership Academy, is the current chairwoman of the WeBuildPeople campaign for the YMCA of the Triangle and is a member of the Cary Visual Arts Foundation.

The award will be presented at the chamber's 120th annual meeting on Sept. 16.