In 2009, The President's Excellence Award was created as a recognition program to reward staff members who demonstrate daily commitment and performance in advancing the University's strategic goals.

The President’s Excellence Award recognizes Kent State University staff who have demonstrated exceptional performance in advancing the strategic goals 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 are in good standing with the university are eligible to be nominated. Past recipients are not eligible to be nominated for a minimum of two years following their award.

Details on the award criteria and the nomination process are available on the Nomination page. Nominations may come from peers, supervisors or other divisional leaders, faculty or students. The final decision resides with the President. Each recipient will receive a $1,000 award.

For questions, contact Dr. Geraldine Hayes-Nelson, 330-672-2901 or