Neil S. Bucklew Award
The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is accepting nominations for the prestigious Neil S. Bucklew award.
This award is named in honor of WVU's twenty-first President Neil S. Bucklew. In 1986, he initiated the Social Justice Program, a forerunner to the recently restructured Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. WVU faculty, staff and administrators who have been or are currently involved in the promotion of social justice are eligible.
This recognition is given to the recipient who has best demonstrated outstanding leadership, courage, and support on a continuous basis in the area of social justice in the West Virginia University system. Nominations should include a cover sheet with the name, title, addresses of the nominee and contact information of the person nominating the individual. In addition, nominations should include a full bio of the person being nominated, and a statement of no more than 250 words summarizing why the award should be given to that person. Three one-page letters of recommendation may accompany the nomination.
This $2,500.00 award may be used for professional development or directed to one of several worthy WVU Foundation Accounts on behalf of WVU in the recipient’s name.
Information received should relate to the nominee’s leadership in social justice, courage they may have shown in activities and endeavors and support they have provided to others related to social justice.
2019 – Dr. Melissa Latimer, WVU ADVANCE Center
2018 – Dr. Shelia S. Price, WVU School of Dentistry
2017 – Daniel W. Brewster, WVU School of Sociology
2016 – Dr. Leslie E. Tower, WVU School of Social Work
2015 – Dr. Ellesa C. High, WVU Department of English
2014 – Dr. Katy Ryan, WVU Department of English
2013 – Franklin D. Cleckley, WVU College of Law, “Lifetime Achievement”
2012 – Bonnie Mae Brown, WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
2011 – Terry Nebel, WVU Office of Information Technology
2010 – Richard Fleisher, WVU Extension Service
2009 – C.B. Wilson, WVU Provost’s Office
2008 – Dinah W. Courrier, Potomac State College
2007 – Horace Belmear, WVU Office of Student Affairs
2006 – Garrett Ford, WVU Department of Athletics
2005 – John Zondlo, WVU Chemical Engineering Faculty
2004 – Carolyn Reyer, WVU Native American Studies Program (Founder)
2003 – M. Duane Nellis, WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
2002 – Devika Malhotra, WVU Parkersburg
2001 – Ric MacDowell, WVU Extension Service
2000 – Madonna C. Kolbenschlag, WVU School of Medicine
1999 – T. Anne Hawkins, University Learning Center
1998 – Judith Gold Stitzel, WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
1997 – Bernard Schultz, WVU College of Creative Arts
1996 – Robert D’Alessandri, WVU School of Medicine
1995 – Larry D. Robinson, WVU Parkersburg
1994 – Charles Spring, Presbyterian Campus Minister
1993 – Carolyn Bailey Lewis, WNPB
1992 – Dana Brooks, WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences
1991 – Edward C. Keller, WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
1990 – Franklin D. Cleckley, WVU College of Law
Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award
West Virginia University Achieves HEED Distinction for 5th Straight Year
Vice President Meshea L. Poore announced in her 2020 State of Diversity address that WVU has again earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from the publication Insight Into Diversity. The HEED Award takes a comprehensive look into an institution’s recruitment and retention of students and employees and looks at continued leadership support for campus diversity and inclusion.
“In looking at WVU’s diversity demographics we have been holding steady,” Poore said. “As it relates to faculty recruitment, we see a slight uptick in hiring and our retention remained steady. However, in all candor, these numbers need to improve significantly. It is something we can and must do to make sure diversity and inclusion are woven into the fabric of our institution. We must acknowledge when progress has been made but not rest in our celebration because there is work to do.”