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Commodore Award nominations due Thursday

Nov. 12, 2018, 8:11 AM

Thursday, Nov. 15, is the last day to nominate someone for the 2018 Commodore Award, Vanderbilt’s highest staff honor. The annual award recognizes staff members who have made significant contributions to Vanderbilt University’s pursuit of excellence in education, research and community service each year.

The 2018 Commodore Award ceremony, scheduled for Jan. 29, 2019, will honor two Commodore Award recipients: one for exempt staff, and one for non-exempt staff.  Nominations should describe how the nominee achieved one or more of the following:

  • Overall performance and accomplishments that regularly and consistently far exceed performance expectations, reflecting a high level of service, dedication, conscientiousness, compassion and applied skill.
  • Handling of a high-impact or critical situation that had important consequences for a department, Vanderbilt University or the community.
  • Developing or improving processes that resulted in significant productivity and/or cost savings improvements.

To nominate someone for the Commodore Award, faculty or staff should reach out to their division or department head. Nominations for the Commodore Award will be accepted through Nov. 15.  Regular full-time staff members holding positions below the director or department head level with at least five consecutive years of Vanderbilt University service may be nominated for the award. Previous recipients may not win a second time.

For questions, please contact Scott Glasgow at

Visit the Commodore Award website for more information and to view past winners.