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? This award will be presented to Student Organizations/Groups for their work in advancing equity and inclusion.

Learn more about the Advocacy and Action Award

These awards seek to honor those who, through their scholarship, leadership, or outstanding efforts, foster a greater understanding or address behavioral health needs in New Hampshire. Staff, faculty, students, student organizations or student groups, and New Hampshire citizens (whether or not affiliated with UNH) are eligible for these awards. Two (2) awards will be given out per year.

Learn More About Behavioral Health Awards

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.   

Learn more about the Kidder Award