The David. B Thorud Leadership Award honors two University of Washington leaders who champion positive change in our workplace, our state and throughout the world. These are individuals who inspire us all by seeking creative solutions and promoting collaboration among our workforce.

The award is named in honor of David B. Thorud, who has effectively served the UW in leadership positions for 25 years.

Please nominate an outstanding leader who motivates our community and displays a true commitment to our University’s employees, mission and values.

Nominations are open October 17, 2016 – December 23, 2016.

Photograph of Norm Beauchamp Photograph of Steve Hiller

2016 David B. Thorud Leadership Award Recipients

Norm Beauchamp Professor and Chairman, Radiology
Steve Hiller Director of Assessment & Planning, Libraries Administration
Lead - Serve - Inspire

2017 David B. Thorud Leadership Award Timeline


  • October 17, 2016 – December 23, 2016

    Nominations submitted.

  • December

    Nominees reviewed for eligibility.

  • January

    Nominees and nominators are emailed a congratulatory email. Congratulatory letters and copies of nominations are then campus mailed to all nominees who have met the award criteria.

    Selection committee begins review of eligible nominees.

  • March

    Thorud awardees are notified by the Vice President of Human Resources and are invited to the University’s Annual Awards of Excellence ceremony.

    Office of the President sends congratulatory letters to awardees.

  • April

    UW Today officially announces all awardees.

  • June

    Annual Awards of Excellence and reception for all awardees.

    Thorud awardees are highlighted on the Thorud website.