Nominations open for 2020 Presidential Medal of Service

by Melissa Lee, University of Nebraska | September 28, 2020

Image with caption: Ted Carter, president of the University of Nebraska

Ted Carter, president of the University of Nebraska

University of Nebraska System President Ted Carter is inviting nominations for the Presidential Medal of Service, an annual award that celebrates Nebraskans' promotion of the impact the university and higher education have on the state's economic and social well-being.

The medal is the highest honor the university president can bestow on a community member. All Nebraskans are invited to submit nominations by filling out an online form available here. Nominations are due Oct. 30; Carter will then select a winner to be honored at an event in December.

Nominees should be Nebraskans who have made significant contributions in supporting a strong University of Nebraska and promoting the vital role that higher education plays in growing the state. For example, nominees may have testified to policymakers on behalf of the university, led a letter-writing campaign, spoken at a public meeting on an issue important to the university, or hosted an event to raise community awareness of the university's impact.

University and NU Foundation employees are not eligible to receive the award. Elected officials and candidates for elected office are also ineligible.

"For more than 150 years, the University of Nebraska has worked to fulfill our most fundamental promise to Nebraskans: to provide an affordable, quality education that prepares them for success in life and work," Carter said. "In light of these challenging times, this annual award is an opportunity to publicly thank Nebraskans who help us tell this critical story across the state and world."

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