Nominate staff for board of trustees awards

October 2, 2018

Clemson’s board of trustees recognizes university staff’s commitment and dedication to Clemson. To honor them, the board seeks nominations for its annual Awards of Excellence.

Staff can be considered:
1. If they received a national or international level award, or
2. Through extraordinary contributions relating to one of the award categories for acknowledgement.

Award categories for recognition include:

The Will to Lead – This category recognizes a candidate who demonstrated outstanding leadership skills in completing projects of importance to his or her division, department, or the University as a whole.
High Seminary – This category recognizes a candidate who is a visionary, one who sees a problem and solves it by improving the effectiveness of a service or program resulting in new or improved innovations, efficiencies, or cost-savings.
Something in These Hills – This category recognizes a candidate who served the Clemson community in a remarkable way.
Clemson Family – This category recognizes a candidate who provides exceptional service, creates a positive customer experience, and continuously exceeds expectations.
Heart of the Tiger – This category recognizes a candidate who demonstrates outstanding judgment or courage in an emergency or who displays heroic actions to prevent or minimize physical injury or the loss of life or property.
Tiger Teammate – This category recognizes a candidate who has made an outstanding contribution toward enhancing the quality or morale of the workplace or toward enhancing the public image of a department or division, Clemson University, or state government.
Student Choice – This category recognizes a candidate who enhanced the quality of a student’s experience in a meaningful way. This award requires a student nominator.
Spirit of Clemson – This category recognizes a candidate who exemplifies the spirit of Thomas and Anna Clemson and all those who have devoted themselves to making Clemson what it is today. This award category is reserved for exceptional circumstances and for accomplishments and achievements of the highest caliber.

Criteria for Eligibility

-The nominee must be in a full-time position with standard hours of at least 30 hours per week for at least three years at Clemson as of the nomination deadline date.
-Award recipients from February 2018 will not be eligible.
-Self-nominations will only be accepted from national or international award recipients.

For those nominating national or international award recipients:
-The award must be related to an employee’s job duties at Clemson.
-Nominations will be vetted by a committee appointed by the board of trustees.
-Awards that require monetary donations from the recipient will not be considered.
-Awards that require an entry fee will not be considered.


The nomination period runs from Oct. 2 through Nov. 2. Nominations will be review and vetted by the board of trustee-appointed committee in November and December with winners notified in January 2019.

Trustees will honor the winners at an awards dinner held in conjunction with the board’s winter quarterly meeting.

How to nominate

Submit nomination forms online using the below links:

National/International Award nomination
Staff Special Recognition nomination

Additional backup materials or letters of support will not be accepted. Note that the identity of nominees shall be anonymous throughout the review and selection process.

For questions, contact the Board of Trustees office at 864-656-5615.


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