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EIU Office of the President

Presidential Distinguished Service Award

Presidential Distinguished Service Award recipients are recognized for their extraordinary and exemplary service to our University community.

All full-time employees are eligible to be nominated. Nominees should personify the EIU brand of All In and all things that make EIU a special and unique place to live, learn, and work. Nominations will be reviewed by members of the President’s Council who will provide recommendations to the president for final selection. Up to five 2022 Service Award recipients will be chosen, each receiving special recognition at the President's State of the University address, along with award plaques commemorating their admirable achievements.

2022 Nomination Form

Submissions due by 11:45 pm, Friday, April 15, 2022

2021 Recipients

  • Jerry Rankin, IT Technical Associate

    Jerry Rankin, IT Technical Associate, has played a crucial role in keeping critical infrastructure available throughout EIU’s COVID response, working many nights and weekends so that these systems are available to campus users during normal business hours.
  • Emma Noble, Interim Director of EIU’s Health Education Resource Center

    Emma unselfishly gave up much of her normal work responsibilities last year and this year to coordinate and oversee EIU’s COVID testing program. Her service to the university has been extraordinary.
  • Rhonda Bence, Cashier III, Bursar’s Office

    Rhonda continually personifies All In customer service in her interactions with EIU students when paying on their accounts and with campus departments making their depositing. She is but one outstanding member of the entire Bursar’s Office and is a wonderful role model for us all.
  • Dr. Catherine Polydore, Assistant Dean of the Honors College, Professor Department of Counseling and Higher Education

    Dr. Polydore is a highly visible campus leader and an effective advocate of EIU’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, including launching the annual RISE conference and recent collaborations with colleagues on the HLC Quality Initiative. Her outstanding service and dedication to the student experience is most deserving of recognition.
  • Carla Nelson, Space Administrator II

    Carla has served the University for over 25 years and is known for being a kind, caring, helpful, and dedicated colleague always going the extra mile with every task or request. Carla played a pivotal role in navigating multiple University-wide course schedule re-configurations affecting hundreds of course sections necessary for our successes in navigating the pandemic.

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Office of the President

1116 Old Main
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2011

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