Nominate a Colleague for a Presidential Award

Submit nominations for one of Duke's highest honors by Feb. 10

Posing with President Richard H. Brodhead (center) are 2016 Presidential Award recipients (left to right) Tracy Futhey, Richard Outten, Lakeshia “Kiwi” Whitted, Jean Hartford-Todd and Oliver “Ollie” Miller.
Posing with President Richard H. Brodhead (center) are 2016 Presidential Award recipients (left to right) Tracy Futhey, Richard Outten, Lakeshia “Kiwi” Whitted, Jean Hartford-Todd and Oliver “Ollie” Miller.

Do you know a colleague who has completed a formidable task for Duke or exhibited a high level of service, trustworthiness and respect?

Nominations are open for the Presidential Awards, which recognizes staff and faculty who have made distinctive contributions to Duke University and Duke University Health System in 2016. The deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 10.

Lakeshia “Kiwi” Whitted, a staff specialist for the School of Medicine Office of Curricular Affairs, received a Presidential Award last year for the way she supports colleagues and handles lab requests and policies, to include ordering brains and pig hearts for students to study.

“The Presidential Awards does a lot to show that Duke appreciates you for who you are and they value you for who you are,” Whitted said. “That’s what touched me the most, that they valued me for just being me.”

One Presidential Award and up to five Meritorious Service Awards will be selected from each of the following job categories: Clerical/Office Support, Clinical/Professional, Service/Maintenance, Managerial, and Executive Leadership.

President Richard H. Brodhead will recognize award winners at a luncheon in April. Presidential Award recipients receive a Presidential Medallion and $1,000 check. Meritorious Service Award recipients receive a $100 check.

Find nomination information and eligibility criteria at hr.duke.edu/presidential