Individual Achievement Awards
NAADA Individual Awards

The following Individual Awards are presented to NAADA members and affiliates whose contribution to Agricultural & Life Sciences, Alumni Relations, and Volunteer Service is a model to our profession.

Past Award Winners

Above and Beyond Partner Award

The Above and Beyond Partner Award will be presented to a faculty and/or staff member from a NAADA member institution who has given freely of their time, working outside the realm of their official responsibilities, to further the goals of their institution’s alumni, communications, development or student services programs, and has demonstrated leadership and organizational skills to inspire others to further the success of these programs and the institution.

Up and Coming Award

The Up and Coming Award honors individuals with 2 to 5 years of experience in the Agricultural advancement professions of Alumni Relations, Communications and Marketing, Student Services, Advancement Services and Philanthropy. This award seeks to recognize the accomplishments of those whose early success is promising for future leadership and contributions to their member institution and/or to NAADA.

Front Line Award

This award is given to a person who is a program assistant or serves in a clerical support staff role in a NAADA member’s alumni, development or student services office. The award recognizes an individual’s initiative, teamwork and ability to work effectively with the public, how they have advanced the programs or relationships within the college or unit and strengthened their college’s relationships with alumni, friends, donors and supporters.

Volunteer Service Award

The Volunteer Service Award is presented to an individual who has given freely of their time to further the goals of their institution, has demonstrated leadership and organizational skills to inspire and encourage others to further the success of their alma mater’s agriculture and alumni programs.

Jane Longley-Cook Volunteer Service Award

The Jane Longley-Cook Volunteer Service Award was created in recognition of Jane’s long time support of NAADA as a volunteer and representing her alma mater, Cornell University. She volunteered her time and efforts to further the goals of NAADA on a national basis, served in leadership roles, was an officer in our organization and was an effective spokesperson for NAADA. Recipients are recognized for their service to NAADA.

Ruby C. McSwain NAADA Outstanding Philanthropist Award

This award recognizes an individual or individuals with a record of sustained giving to support agriculture, agricultural higher education, Cooperative Extension, or land grant universities. This award also recognizes an individual for his/her role as an advocate for agriculture and natural resources and for their philanthropy in community organizations, religious institutions, art, environment and social services.

Ray A. Miller Professional Achievement Award

The Professional Achievement Award is given to recognize individuals for their significant career activities and accomplishments, leadership activities in professional and community organizations, other awards and recognitions. They also must be employed by a NAADA member institution with responsibilities for agricultural alumni, development or student service programs. In June 2014, the NAADA Board of Directors dedicated this award in honor of Ray Miller. Ray was a beloved member of the NAADA family having served a term as President, Conference Host and most recently as the NAADA Historian. He has been recognized by his peers for his work at The Ohio State University and NAADA in receiving the Professional Achievement Award (1994) and the Founder’s Distinguished Service Award (2003).

Founders Distinguished Service Award

The Founders Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding service and dedication to the NAADA organization. This award is presented to an individual who is employed by a NAADA member institution at the time of nomination and has been actively participating in NAADA by taking a leadership role such as serving on the Board of Directors, chairing a committee, or hosting the annual conference.

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