Staff Awards

2019 Presidential Award of Excellence recipients with UNH President Dean

Each year, the University of New Hampshire selects a small number of its outstanding staff for special recognition through the Presidential Award of Excellence, the highest honor bestowed upon University staff, along with other university-wide awards recognizing excellence, engagement, service and advocacy.

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Staff Awards and Descriptions

The university Commission on Community, Equity, and Diversity recognizes the historical significance of these awards as avenues toward building awareness of the good work being done to bring inclusion and equity for all and to reinforce how “difference” in any setting brings value and, furthermore, recognition of this fact helps each member of our university community thrive.

Do you know a person or organization promoting empowerment and inclusion?  Starting in 2019, this award will be presented to (1) student, (1) staff member, (1) faculty member and (1) group/organization/campus department for their work in advancing equity and inclusion.
2019 Nominations are being accepted January 24 - March 23, 2019

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All members of the university community, including leadership, supervisors & managers, peers, colleagues and students may nominate any qualified staff member by completing the Presidential Award of Excellence nomination form online or by requesting a paper application from Human Resources and forwarding it to the Presidential Award of Excellence Peer Review Committee, c/o Human Resources, Nesmith Hall each year by the deadline.

Before his death in 1993, UNH alumnus and former Dean of Students William "Bill" Kidder established a fund to support educational efforts directed at enhancing the understanding of sexual minorities and gender identities. The annual awards seek to honor those who, through their scholarship, leadership, or outstanding efforts, foster greater understanding of sexual orientation and gender expression at the University of New Hampshire. These awards will be presented at the annual LGBTQ+ Pancake Breakfast usually scheduled in April.  This award is presented to selected student, faculty and staff members.   
2019 Nominations are being accepted January 24 - March 9, 2019

Learn more about the Kidder Award