Service Recognition Celebration postponed

VCU’s commitment to a Culture of Appreciation includes the annual presentation of the President’s Awards for Professional and Administrative Distinction and the Dorris Douglas Budd Award for exemplary administrative support.  We look forward to presenting these awards each year as part of our Service Recognition Celebration.

Because we continue in a phased return to campus that prevents us from enjoying large group celebrations, we won’t be holding our traditional Service Recognition Celebration in October. Instead, we will be rescheduling the celebration for this academic year for Spring, 2021, and the President’s Awards and the Dorris Douglas Budd Award presentations will be part of the rescheduled celebration.  

More details about the nomination processes and timelines will be provided at a later date.


President's Awards for Professional and Administrative Distinction

Each year, the Office of the President honors exceptional members of the VCU community with university-level awards. In 2013, VCU established the President's Awards for Professional and Administrative Distinction. These awards recognize outstanding performance, achievement and service excellence. 

Who may be nominated for these awards? Any full-time University and Academic Professional, classified employee of VCU, or staff member of the VCU Health System may be nominated subject to specific criteria for each award. University faculty are not eligible, and are recognized separately through the President's Distinguished Faculty Awards ( 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 letter 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. It is also not appropriate for a direct report to nominate their supervisor. In these cases, it is recommended to suggest that a colleague, team member, or other VCU employee write the nomination instead.

Prepare the text of your nomination in advance. We highly recommend that you write the body of your nomination in a word document ahead of time and then copy 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. We are looking for candidates who provide a higher level of excellence through interactions with patients, faculty, students, or colleagues. 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 for 2019 are no longer being accepted. The site will reopen in late Summer for 2020 nominations.

All nominees and nominators will be invited to attend the Service Recognition Celebration and the winners will be announced there.



2019 Award Winners



President's Award of Excellence

Jason Chan, Technology Services


President's Achievement Awards
Jeffrey Eastman, Facilities Management Division Office of Planning and Design

Heidi Jack, Office of the Provost (photo not shown)

President's Service Excellence Award

Claire Harding, University Marketing

President's Service Excellence Award

Daniel Jason, Human Resources



2018 Award Winners

President's Award of Excellence
Kit Mulloy
Internal Medicine

President's Achievement Awards
Nathan Bickett
Political Science

Valerie Harris
Internal Medicine

President's Service Excellence Awards
Diana Burkett
School of Education

Harold Greenwald
School of Medicine

2017 Award Winners

President's Award of Excellence
Catherine Howard
Division of Community Engagement

President's Achievement Awards
Jennifer Carmean
University Relations

Gregory Felton
VCU Police

President's Service Excellence Awards
Konjit Chitty
Human Resources

Ann Compton
Internal Medicine

2016 Award Winners

President's Award of Excellence
Polly Cole
Community Health and Resources Administrator, Massey Cancer Center

President's Achievement Awards
Angela Flagg
Director of Communications, School of Nursing

Lisa Yamin
Liberal Studies for Early and Elementary Education

President's Service Excellence Awards
Jacqueline Kniska
University Compliance Officer, VCU Audit and Compliance Services

Denise Lynch
Program Coordinator, Medicine Administration, VCU Health

2015 Award Winners

President's Award of Excellence
Napoleon Peoples, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Student Affairs

President's Achievement Awards
Amy Taloma
Director of Programs, Division for Health Sciences Diversity

Terrence Walker
Administrative Assistant, University Counseling Services

President's Service Excellence Awards
Thom Didato
Graduate Programs Advisor, English Department

Donald Howe
Senior Contract and Grant Administrator, Office of Research and Innovation

2014 Award Winners

President's Award of Excellence
Brian J. Ohlinger
Associate Vice President
Facilities Management (retired)

President's Outstanding Achievement Award
Nakeina Douglas-Glenn, Ph.D.
Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute

Daphne Long Rankin, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost
Strategic Enrollment Management

President's Service Excellence Award
Carmen H. Bell
Coordinator, Personnel and Administration
Division of Student Affairs (retired)

Katherine L. Poarch
VCUHS Strategy and Marketing
Past President, VCU Staff Senate

2013 Award Winners

President's Award of Excellence
Joseph A. Marolla, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Instruction and Student Success

President's Outstanding Achievement Award
Mary Lee C. Magee
Educational Director
Medicine and Population Health

Ingrid A. Mercer
Immigration Advising Coordinator
Global Education Office

President's Service Excellence Award
Ruth M. Trivelpiece
Program Coordinator
Center for Craniofacial Care

India D. Urbach
Administrative Coordinator
College of Humanities and Sciences