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Dr. Cornwall Receives Highest North Carolina Honor

 Cornwall - Longleaf Pine Award 


March 1, 2012, Raleigh, NC  - Dr. Loñieta Aurora Thompson Cornwall, a professor in Shaw University’s Visual & Performing Arts department, recently received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award from North Carolina Governor Bev. Perdue.

“Dr. Cornwall and her accomplishments further prove what capable faculty we have here at Shaw University,” said President Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy. “Furthermore, Dr. Cornwall’s recent award is a great example of her continued success and we are blessed to have her as part of the Shaw University family.”

The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award is only given to those who have a record of excellence in the state of North Carolina, those who contribute to the community, those who show outstanding career efforts and those who have put in many years of service to their organizations. Thus, the award is the highest honor a North Carolina governor can bestow upon on a North Carolina citizen.

“I am truly humbled by this experience. It is such an honor to be recognized for doing the things I deeply enjoy,” Dr. Cornwall said of her award. “I am truly amazed everyday that I get to do the things I am most passionate about and others seem to enjoy my work. That is an accolade in itself.” No stranger to giving back to the community or awards that showcase her flair for excellence, Cornwall received the 1999 Crystal Award, the 2002 Lamplighter Award given by The Light’s 103.9 FM (WNNL), and has been recognized consecutively from 2005-2011 in Who’s Who Among Educators?, among other tributes. 

A firm believer in academic excellence, she has earned both a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. In addition, she earned a second Master of Music degree from Union Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Education from the Teacher’s College at Columbia University.  A pianist, organist, choral director, liturgist, arranger and composer, Cornwall is a versatile performer and educator. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Music at Shaw University where she functions in a variety of capacities, including serving as Director of Choral Studies and teaching courses in music theory, conducting, and piano.

Created in 1965, more than 13,000 people have received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award. Notable recipients include Maya Angelou, Billy Graham, Michael Jordan and Dan Blue.


 Shaw University was founded in 1865 and is the first historically black university in the South. Shaw is a private, co-educational liberal arts university that awards degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The primary mission of Shaw University is teaching with the commitment to maintain excellence in research and academic programs that foster intellectual enhancement and technological skills.