David B. Thorud Leadership Award

The Thorud Leadership Award was created in 2006 with an endowment fund to which all UW deans contributed and to which the University provided matching funds. The endowment allows us to award one faculty and one staff recipient $2,500.

The criteria for the award was updated with the approval of the Board of Deans and Chancellors in 2020 to better reflect our University’s values and to recognize and celebrate leadership during times of uncertainty.

Recipients are selected by the Thorud Award Selection Committee, which includes representatives from the Board of Deans, the Faculty Senate, and the Professional Staff Organization, along with Mindy Kornberg, executive award sponsor and Vice President for Human Resources, and Dean Emeritus David B. Thorud.

All nominees will receive a congratulatory letter and copy of their nomination letter in January. Those selected to receive this year’s award will be notified of their selection by the Vice President for Human Resources in March and will be recognized for their award later in the spring.