Dorris Douglas Budd Award

Established in 1981, the Dorris Douglas Budd Award is named for a staff member who worked in the office of the Vice President of Administration from 1951 to 1981. Mrs. Budd, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 90, inspired this award. It 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 this award? 

This award recognizes a full-time administrative support staff who is reliable, able to evaluate and solve problems, is innovative in their jobs, knows where to find answers within internal and external "connections", is service-oriented, shows pride in both VCU/VCU Health and their job, and has demonstrated professional growth. For this award, typical eligible job titles for University and Academic Professionals include Assistant and Coordinator titles and for classified employees eligible administrative job titles in pay bands 1-4. 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. Please be sure to address all award criteria including specific statements to substantiate your nomination. If you need assistance with the nomination form, please contact 

Get support. Nominations should be limited to the nomination form and must include at least two recommendations or testimonials received from others based on the award criteria. These can include but are not limited to: a letter of support, a quick video, an email, or a pdf.

Deadline for nominations. The nomination site is now open and will close on March 15, 2024. Incomplete (those without the required number of recommendations or testimonials) or late nominations will not be considered.

2023 Dorris Douglas Budd Award Winner

Harris Middleton, Department of Family Medicine

2023 Nominees included:

  • Jewel Anderson, Nursing Administration
  • Cathy Brewster, Massey Cancer Center
  • Melissa Burton, VP Health Sciences
  • Valerie Cella, Neurosurgery
  • Janelle Fortes, Department of Surgery
  • Dwight Henry, Neurosurgery
  • Harris Middleton, Department of Family Medicine
  • Paula Oakley, Acute Care Surgery
  • Kristen Schultheis, Student Success
  • Jamie Taylor, Graduate School
  • Mary Tucker, Rehabilitation Counseling