Danny Rice, MSW ’82, was named 2012 Citizen of the Year by the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce.
Rice, the national director of Woodmen of the World, has been involved with numerous community projects in Lenoir County for more than 30 years, including extensive work with the Boy Scouts of America and Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and serving as a founding member of the Lenoir County Friends of the Homeless, Inc., an organization on a mission to provide housing for transient families.
He retired in 2010 as the director of specialized services from the Caswell Center for 25 years. The Center is a non-profit organization serving individuals and families with developmental disabilities in eastern North Carolina.
In 2008, he was given the N.C. Governor’s Award for Excellence for his contributions in public service.