Dorris Douglas Budd Award

Established in 1981, this award honors a VCU or VCU Health administrative office support staff member who demonstrates exemplary performance. and enhances the image and mission of VCU and VCU Health. 

Who may be nominated for these awards? This award recognizes full-time administrative support staff who are reliable, are able to make decisions within the scope of their authority, are innovative in their jobs, know where to find answers within internal and external "connections", are service oriented, show pride in both VCU and their job, and have demonstrated professional growth. Please include any significant contribution the nominee has made to VCU or VCU Health. An employee who was nominated in a previous year, but was not chosen as the award winner, may be nominated again. However, a new nomination and new supporting documentation must be submitted.

Who can make the nomination? Any employee of VCU or VCU Health who has a thorough knowledge of the candidate's strengths and accomplishments, however, individuals may not nominate themselves. It is not appropriate to nominate a family member, spouse, or partner.

Prepare the text of your nomination in advance. We highly recommend that you write the body of your nomination in a word document and paste it into the fields in the online form. Please be sure to address all award criteria including specific statements to substantiate your nomination. Keep a copy of the word document to share with your nominee. As you progress through the online form, you will be able to save your work and return to it later. If you need assistance with the online form, please contact Cindi Phares at

Get support. Nominations should be limited to the nomination form and include at least three additional letters of support or commendations received from others based on the award criteria.

Deadline for nominations. Nominations must be submitted online by Friday, September 20th, 2019. Incomplete nominations (those with less than 3 letters of support) will not be considered.

All nominees and nominators will be invited to attend the Service Recognition Celebration to be held on October 15th, 2019. The winners will be announced there.

Visit the nomination site for more information!


2018 Dorris Douglas Budd Award Winner

Margaret Poland, VCU School of Dentistry


2018 Nominees included:

Betty Arkwright, Radiology
Carolyn Becker, Emergency Medicine
Karen Brown, Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU
Leslie Bobb, Internal Medicine
Teri Dulong-Rae, Internal Medicine
Alcinda Finefrock, Political Science
Crystal Judon, Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU
Lindsey Kitchen, Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU
Seneca Lofton, Perioperative Surgical Services
Corey Martin, Psychology
TreQuan Morris, Internal Medicine
Margaret Poland, School of Dentistry
Raysheena "Nickie" Thomas, Rehabilitation Medicine Administration
Mildred White, Residential Life and Housing
Crystal Williams, Records and Registration
Pamela Williams, Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture

Past winners

  • 2017, Deborah Wamsley, VCU Health, Mother/Infant Care Unit
  • 2016, Susan Beavers, VCU Health, Wound Care Team
  • 2015, Shirley Beavers, VCU Health, Cardiac Surgery ICU
  • 2014, Debbie Teconchuk, VCU Medical Center, Clinical Enterprise Administration
  • 2013, Deborah D. Van Buren, VCU Department of Communication Arts
  • 2012, Wanda P. Clary, VCU Humanities and Sciences & Science, Technology and Society (STS) Program
  • 2011, Patricia A. Pleasant, VCU School of Education
  • 2010, Deborah L. Weir, VCU School of Medicine
  • 2009, Kimberly A. Christman, VCU Department of Radiology
  • 2008, Suzanne C. Havasy, VCU Department of Health Administration
  • 2007, Linda S. Johnston, VCU Department of Music
  • 2006, Deborah L. Stewart, VCU School of Medicine
  • 2005, Laurette (Anderson-Conyard) Anderson-Gray, VCU Medical Center Administration
  • 2004, Gilda R. Harris-Howard, VCU Department of Internal Medicine
  • 2003, Michelle Craighead Wise, VCU Research - Institute for Structural Biology and Drug Discovery 
  • 2002, Karen S. Moss, VCU Stony Point Administration
  • 2001, Miriam L. Mayhew, VCU Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • 2000, Dorothy M. Winfree, VCU Employee Health Services
  • 1999, Linda S. Pontius, VCU School of Business
  • 1998, Debra B. (Doyle) Cody, VCU Department of Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery
  • 1997, Vera E. Wilkerson, VCU Department of Internal Medicine - Cardiology
  • 1996, Patricia G. Carr, VCU School of Allied Health Professions
  • 1995, Marquita C. Aguilar, VCU School of Education
  • 1994, Lila M. (Patterson) Garlick, VCU School of Social Work
  • 1993, Monica L. White, VCU School of Allied Health Professions
  • 1992, Mary L. Swartz, VCU Department of Psychiatry
  • 1991, Janet H. Mundie, VCU School of Medicine
  • 1990, Vickie W. Boss, VCU Medical Center Food/Nutrition Services
  • 1989, Brenda E. Wyatt, VCU School of Nursing
  • 1988, Shirley W. (Jones) Moss, VCU Community/International Programs
  • 1987, Carole E. Harwell, VCU School of Nursing
  • 1986, Lila M. Patterson, VCU School of Social Work
  • 1985, India D. Urbach, VCU Human Resources
  • 1984, Nancy (Knowles) Belcher, VCU School of Allied Health Professions
  • 1983, Gwen M. Parker, VCU Department of Theatre
  • 1982, Jane H. Crawley, VCU School of Social Work