Thomas L. Reynolds Leadership Award

Graduate Program Directors (GPD) and Coordinators (GPC) play an important and pivotal role in the success of graduate programs. In addition to managing enrollment, Graduate Program Directors and Coordinators must track and manage their students, while implementing programs and services to promote their success. Doing this well deserves recognition and praise. The Thomas L. Reynolds Leadership Award honors excellence in the overall management of a graduate program.


The winner will receive $1000, an engraved plaque, and their name will be engraved on a perpetual trophy on permanent display at a central location on campus.


  • Evidence of either growth in enrollment and/or improved graduation from the program
  • Evidence of best practices as an advisor, mentor, and advocate for students (e.g., tracking, nominating, funding, etc.)
  • Effectiveness as a program administrator
  • Evidence of efforts to improve the program experience for students
  • Effective communication with the Graduate School and within the college


  • GPDs and GPCs must be nominated, but the nomination can come from anyone (two-page limit)
  • Once nominated, a GPD or GPC must submit a written statement reflecting his or her philosophy of graduate education and the role of the GPD or GPC (two-page limit)
  • Include two letters of support – one of which should be from a student (two-page limit)
  • The Dean of the College must endorse nominations. A simple statement of support is appropriate
  • Nominees must have served in the role at least two years in order to be nominated

The nomination period is now closed. Nominations were due March 1, 2023. For more information and to send a nomination, visit the award site.