Board of Regents Staff Awards

A CUSS initiative, the Board of Regents' USM Staff Awards represent the highest honor bestowed by the Board of Regents for achievements of Exempt and Nonexempt Staff employees from institutions within the USM. The awards are presented to Staff employees who have demonstrated excellence in one of the following categories.

1. Exceptional Contribution to the Institution and/or Unit to Which the Person Belongs
2. Outstanding Service to Students in an Academic or Residential Environment
3. Extraordinary Public Service to the University or Greater Community
4. Effectiveness and Efficiency (2 categories)

There are two awards given in each category - one Exempt Staff employee and one Nonexempt Staff employee - for a total of eight awards. Award winners receive a $1,000 stipend and a plaque from the Board of Regents.

Each institution may nominate one Exempt and one Nonexempt Staff employee for each of the four award categories. If multiple nominations are received for any of the categories or if documentation is missing from the nomination packages, they will be returned to the institution for further review and re-submission (time permitting).



Award Categories

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     Exceptional Contribution to the Institution and/or Unit to Which the Person Belongs

This Award recognizes a Staff employee in a non-leadership position that provided leadership, team building and/or facilitated a team or project that enhanced the organization; or a Staff employee in a leadership position that consistently grows their organization through the mentoring and growing of all of their subordinates. Examples include using a creative approach to process improvements, or developing an original idea that contributed to the success of the unit/institution.

     Outstanding Service to Students in an Academic or Residential Environment

This Award recognizes someone who consistently makes a difference in student lives, although not a part of their job description. Examples include contributing an innovative, original idea that was implemented and transformed an aspect of the "student experience".

     Extraordinary Public Service to the University or Greater Community

This Award recognizes a Staff employee of the USM community who, throughout his/her career has made a difference in the larger community in a collaborative and sustained manner. It is based on a sustained record of service over a period of years carried out through the individual's role(s) in the University rather than as a private citizen. An example might be a personal dedication to a project or cause that definitively improved the greater community.

     Effectiveness and Efficiency Award (Two Categories)

To publicly recognize exemplary ideas that, when implemented, will serve to further the University System of Maryland's goal to continually increase the effective and efficient use of its resources. One award from the listed categories may be made for an exemplary initiative that has the potential to be implemented system-wide. Awards shall be bestowed in the categories of Academic Transformation (improved learning and a minimum cost savings of $10,000) and Administrative Transformation (improved effectiveness and efficiency resulting in a minimum cost savings of $10,000). In addition to the existing application requirements, nominee packets for this Award should include:

1. A brief description of the innovative initiative
2. Potential benefits
3. Magnitude (single/multiple institutions or system-wide)
4. Effectiveness and efficiency to be attained (including estimated cost and/or resource savings)

Award recipients may be invited to address the Board.

For further detail on current initiatives, applicants will be advised to review the E & E reports available at: http://www.usmd.edu/usm/workgroups/EEWorkGroup/eeproject/index

Documents of Interest

BOR Award Nomination Packet 2014 - 2015