University Awards & Recognition

Distinguished Service Award
Call for Suggestions for Award Nominations

The Distinguished Service Award was established by the Board of Trustees in 1952 to recognize individuals who have rendered exceptional service to the university. Awards are not made on the basis of long, faithful, or loyal service alone, but rather for service that is truly distinguished. Recipients of this award have provided a broad spectrum of services to the university in both official and unofficial capacities.

Suggestions for Award Nominations

Download Suggestions for Award Nominations Form (.pdf)

The committee is interested in receiving a diverse group of nominees representing as many colleges and units as possible. Please put forth names of those deserving candidates.

Please submit nominations to Julie Anstine at anstine.6@osu.edu.

Nominations should be received no later than February 15, 2017.

All nominations are considered for three years, therefore, nominations previously submitted need not be resubmitted. However, an update of information already provided will be accepted.

Full Nomination Process

Following the collection of suggestions, some nominators will be contacted to provide CVs, resumes, and letters of support for nominees to be fully considered for 2017 recognition.

Award Guidelines

In establishing the award, the Board of Trustees stated that "the key thought in selecting persons for the award should be distinguished service to The Ohio State University. Such service may be rendered either on or off campus, and by persons either officially connected with the university or not so connected."

Nominees may include those who have served in academic or administrative positions at the university, as well as alumni and other non-university individuals.

Awards are not made on the basis of long, faithful, or loyal service alone, but rather for service that is truly distinguished, defined as "noted, eminent, famous, made conspicuous by excellence."

Awards are not made to those considered eligible for an Honorary Degree on the basis of scholarly achievement, or to those who have previously received such a degree or the Sullivant Medal from the university.

Customarily, no faculty or staff member is recognized until at least one year after retirement.

Timetable of Activities

February 15, 2017 Deadline for submitting suggestions for award nominations
June 2017 Names of award recipients go to Board of Trustees for approval
Autumn/Winter 2017 Recipients receive awards at commencement ceremonies

Past Recipients

Past Honorary Degree Recipients

Past Sullivant Award Recipients

For More Information, contact:
Julie Anstine
Senior Director of Donor Experience
University Development
614-292-4953 Office
anstine.6@osu.edu