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Remembering Former Counselor Education Department Head Norman Sprinthall

Norman Arthur Sprinthall

NC State College of Education Professor Emeritus Norman Arthur Sprinthall — a widely regarded expert in educational psychology who lived out his vision that “service is the essence of living” — passed away on March 8, 2022. Sprinthall is a former department head of counselor education who retired from the College of Education in 1995 after a 22-year career in higher education. 

“All of us who were Norm Sprinthall’s Ph.D. students share deep gratitude for the impact of his influence in shaping us as leaders for educational equity,” said Janice Odom ’94PHD, director of NC State’s Caldwell Fellows program. “Dr. Sprinthall brought to each of his students and to this campus his rare capacity for balancing support and challenge.  He modeled for his students and guided his department into courageous work for social justice.”

His legacy includes the College of Education’s outstanding Counselor Education Program. Today, that program houses the Community Counseling, Education, and Research Center (CCERC), a service-oriented space that provides accessible and affordable counseling to individuals, couples and families. 

To honor Sprinthall, the family requests that gifts be made in his memory to the CCERC Fund. Gifts can be made online via credit card, or checks can be made out to the NC State Foundation and mailed to Gifts and Records Management, NC State University, Campus Box 7474, Raleigh, NC 27695-7474. On the check, please include the name of the fund (“Community Counseling, Education, And Research Center Fund”) and “in memory of Dr. Norman Sprinthall.” 

“Professor Marc Grimmett’s work to extend the service of Counselor Education into the community [through CCERC] truly represents the spirit and vision of Norman Sprinthall that service is the essence of our living,” Odom said. “We are enthused to be remembering Norm’s impactful legacy in such a meaningful way.”

Sprinthall’s wife, Lois Thies-Sprinthall, is also a former faculty member of the College of Education and retired in 1995 as associate professor emeritus from what is now the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences.

Read more about Norman Sprinthall’s life and service in the family’s obituary