Wake Forest University will award Mayor Allen Joines an honorary doctorate of humane letters during its commencement ceremonies May 18.
Joines is being recognized for his long commitment to the betterment of Winston-Salem for all its citizens; in rebuilding the local economy; and, for his work to unify the community, said Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch.
"Mayor Joines has demonstrated visionary leadership and a steadfast commitment to the people of Winston-Salem," Hatch said. "While many other cities have been reluctant to invest in their future, Mayor Joines has shown a great deal of courage by taking bold steps that will benefit the city in the years ahead."
Joines has been mayor since 2001 and was deputy city manager prior to his retirement from the city in 2000. He is president of the Winston-Salem Alliance, a non-profit development corporation that is working to improve the economic vitality of the community and create jobs.
"I am deeply honored by this action of the Board of Trustees of Wake Forest University," Joines said. "I have tremendous respect for the university and am very appreciative of the role it is playing in the restructuring of our local economy."
The degree will be presented during the Wake Forest University graduation to be held May 18. Vice-President Joseph Biden will deliver the commencement address.