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).
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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:
Documents of Interest
BOR Award Nomination Packet 2015 - 2016