Leadership Texarkana’s Wilbur Awards have been given annually since 1992, in memory of community servant and historian Wilbur Smith. Celebrating the power of one to positively impact our community, the Wilbur Awards are given in three categories, honoring adults, youth, and organizations to individuals and groups who demonstrate exemplary leadership in the community and a commitment to working together for community excellence. Continuing a Leadership Texarkana tradition practiced from the beginning of the Wilbur Awards program began, we are delighted to always lift up those nominated each for their outstanding service to our community and those who live here – such as Gerry Standford, a 2023 nominee for Wilbur Honors.
Gerry Stanford, Executive Director of Athletics, Texarkana ISD was nominated for Wilbur honors by Todd Marshall, for his inspirational leadership within the TISD and the whole Texarkana community. Coach Stanford uses his position to impact the lives of all TISD athletes by creating community pride and instilling a sense of purpose through community service. His athletes’ initiative in cleaning Beverly and Rosehill neighborhoods inspired other groups to join these efforts. Gerry encourages collaboration, dialogue and proactive problem solving in leading various projects for TISD as well as for the community, which include among many, Toys for Tots and Pajamas for Theron Jones School.
CONGRATULATIONS to Coach Stanford and THANK YOU for stepping up to lead the way in Texarkana USA – and beyond!