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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Wade Meadows, director of the University Book and Supply Store at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, has earned the highest honor of a national trade association.

 The National Association of College Stores recently presented Meadows with the Order of the NACS Eagle Award at the organization’s annual meeting and Campus Market Expo in Baltimore.

 Garis Distelhorst, NACS executive director, said the award is for exemplary and distinguished service to the association and to the college store industry.

 “The Eagle Award expresses the extreme gratitude this association has for the standards of leadership and service that Wade has set in the field of collegiate retailing,” Distelhorst said.

 Meadows was president of NACS during 1983-84 when the organization formed the College Stores Research and Educational Foundation.

Since 1994, Meadows has served two terms on the CSREF board of directors and has been an active volunteer in foundation activities, helping raise more than $5 million. Meadows also has served as president of NACSCORP, an NACS for-profit subsidiary.

There are more than 3,000 NACS member stores in the United States, Canada and a dozen other countries.

 Contact: Jerry Buchs at NACS (216-755-7777) or Wade Meadows (423-974-3361)