The President's Excellence Award

Nomination Period: Oct. 6 - Oct. 31, 2014


To recognize Kent State University staff who have demonstrated exceptional performance in advancing one of the strategic goals of the university during the previous fiscal year (July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014).


Full-time classified and unclassified employees at all campuses who have been employed by the university for a minimum of one year and who are in good standing with the university. Past recipients of the President's Excellence Award are not eligible to be nominated again for a minimum of two (2) years following their award. Faculty are not eligible for this award. View a list of past recipients at


A nominee must demonstrate exceptional performance in advancing one of the following criteria that are aligned with the university's strategic goals. This includes actions, initiatives or projects related to the list below. A nominator may only submit one nomination per individual.

  1. Ensure a "Student First" focus 
  2. Enhance the distinction of Kent State University as "One University"
  3. Increase the university's global competitiveness
  4. Demonstrate the spirit of collaboration to leverage Kent State's global reach for local impact
  5. Build commitment and loyalty to Kent State among constituents
  6. Support a commitment to diversity as an institutional asset
  7. Display a commitment to operational efficiency to enhance and expand it for the next generation of academically motivated students 

Nomination and Selection Process

To nominate an individual for the President's Excellence Award, complete the nomination form that can be found online at:

You have the option of completing an electronic submission or printing the nomination and sending it to the address listed on the form. The nomination should demonstrate why the person is being nominated for the selected criteria and should pertain to projects or initiatives that took place in the previous fiscal year (July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014). Additional supporting materials will be accepted but are not required; supporting information must be received by the close of the nomination period.

Nominations will be reviewed for eligibility requirements and a final list will be submitted to the Office of the President. The final decision on recipient(s) and the number of recipients resides with the President. The recipients will be announced in late January. If all nominations fail to meet the criteria, an award will not be presented.


A $1,000 award will be presented to each recipient.