Distinguished Staff Awards

The Distinguished Staff Award annually honors staff members for their outstanding achievements, service, leadership and dedication to Ohio State, as well as their demonstration of the university’s shared values. The Distinguished Staff Award is the highest honor bestowed upon staff at the university since its inception in 1984.

Twelve individuals are chosen to receive a $1,500 cash award and plaque.

One individual is recognized with the Presidential Staff Award, a special distinction within the Distinguished Staff Award that recognizes one recipient who demonstrates university values, as well  a commitment to diversity, community engagement, affordable education and access for all students. The selected recipient receives a cash award of $2,500, a personalized trophy and other recognition activities sponsored by Human Resources and University Staff Advisory Committee (USAC). The Presidential Staff Award was created in partnership with the USAC in recognition of Dr. Michael V. Drake, the 15th President of The Ohio State University. President Drake demonstrated a deep commitment to Ohio State staff, and his legacy was built on establishing these attributes as university priorities.

Nominations for the Distinguished Staff Awards are accepted annually. The next nomination period will be Dec. 11, 2023, until Jan. 26, 2024, at 5 p.m.

Nominations are accepted by submitting the required materials outlined in the nomination form by the annual deadline.

Congratulations to the 2023 Distinguished Staff Award recipients!

Award Information