The President’s Award program recognizes outstanding contributions of staff and faculty around the University of Tennessee System’s values. Honorees are selected each year from a system-wide pool of candidates nominated by system, campus and institute leaders.
There are fourteen statewide award winners, two from each category. Awards are presented to individuals who exhibit the behaviors associated with each goal:
Award honors an individual that serves the state by tackling grand challenges. Behaviors include thinking big, making a difference, and serving with purpose.
Award honors an individual that respects our individual and organizational uniqueness that make us stronger. Behaviors include listening with empathy, expecting civility and collegiality, and modeling inclusive behaviors.
Award honors an individual that inspires creative and transformational action. Behaviors include trying new things and keeping what works, embracing change, and removing barriers.
Award honors an individual that commits to continuous improvement and outstanding performance. Behaviors include setting high standards, pursuing learning and growth, and recognizing and celebrating quality.
Many excellent recognition programs exist at each UT campus and institute. The President’s Awards program is designed to enhance those efforts on a system-wide platform by honoring our best from across the state.
Simply put, the program is the highest honor a UT employee can receive and is intended to spotlight success and inspire excellence.
Honorees are selected each year from a system-wide pool of candidates nominated by campus and institute leaders. Commemorative and monetary awards are presented during an annual ceremony, and faculty and staff winners will help select honorees in future years.
About the President’s Award
The President’s Award was inspired by the University of Tennessee President’s Medallion.
The medallion bears the President’s Seal and is worn by the president for commencement ceremonies. It was originally designed by UT architect Malcolm Rice for the inauguration of Dr. Andy Holt in 1960. The three words in the center signify the qualities of a UT president—vision, character and energy. The silver overlay depicts a Gordian knot being cut by a sword, a leaping flame signifying the torch of knowledge and a quill representing the power of the written word.