NCPE is honored to present the 2014 James Marston Fitch Award to Professor John C. Waters, University of Georgia. The award recognizes individuals who have contributed substantially to the advancement of historic preservation education in the United States and for outstanding achievements. Professor Waters created the Master of Historic Preservation program at the University of Georgia (1982), as well as its certificate program (1987) and a joint JD/MHP (1987). In 2003, he received The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Mary Gregory Jewett Award, its highest award and in 2007 the Governor’s Award in the Humanities. Mr. Waters pioneered preservation legislation in the State of Georgia, wrote preservation plans for numerous cities, was instrumental in establishing several historical foundations and chaired the Georgia National Register Review Board, to name only a partial list of his accomplishments. He also founded Sigma Pi Kappa, the only international historic preservation honor society, at UGA in 1991, which has a number of affiliate chapters all across the country. The Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, of which he was a founder, president, and trustee, established the John C. Waters Preservation Scholarship Fund to honor his contribution.
The award will be presented at the annual James Marston Fitch dinner, which this year will be held on the campus of Savannah Technical College, 5717 White Bluff Road, Savannah, Georgia, on Friday, November 14th in the Eckburg Auditorium, beginning at 6:30pm. Dinner will be prepared by Savannah Tech.’s award-winning Chef Jean Vendeville. The cost of a ticket is $28.00, which can be purchased here. Please specify if you desire a vegetarian meal.