Erskine Bowles would have been forgiven if he had missed the N.C. Technology Association's awards ceremony in Durham Wednesday night.
Earlier in the day, the UNC system president was in Washington for his "other" job, as co-head of President Barack Obama's deficit commission. The commission released its controversial plan on Wednesday, which included deep cuts and higher taxes.
But at the last minute, Bowles caught a commercial flight from Washington and arrived at the ceremony to accept his "public leadership" award.
"He knew there were scheduled meetings of the deficit committee this week and it was a little dicey," said NCTA president Brooks Raiford. "We had recorded a video acceptance in his office a few weeks ago, just in case."