Herman Williams Founders Outstanding Service Award 2017-10-13T12:50:38+00:00
NIRSA Assembly

Herman Williams Founders Outstanding Service Award endorsed by NIRSA

The Founders Outstanding Service award is named in honor of one of the Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders (ERSL) founders, Herman Williams, who made extraordinary contributions in advancing innovative strategies to improve opportunities for minorities in campus recreation.

The Herman Williams Founders Outstanding Service Award, endorsed by NIRSA, was developed in the Fall of 2002 to recognize the contributions that an individual has made to the Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Conference and minorities.

Nominations & applications

Award recipients are selected in January for the calendar year. Nominations and applications should be brief and should include the following information:

  • Description of the activities or innovations (either completed or underway) and their potential for fostering substantive and sustained improvement in the future for minorities and the Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Conference.
  • Description of the role of the candidate in this activity, the roles of others through collaborative efforts and the candidates leadership qualities that promise continued progress in the future.
  • A resume or biography of the candidate.
The application period has closed for 2016

The deadline to apply is December 1, 2017.

Your Name (required)

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Nominee's Name (required)

Description of the activities or innovations (either completed or underway) and their potential for fostering substantive and sustained improvement in the future for minorities and the Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Conference (required)

Description of the role of the candidate in this activity, the roles of others through collaborative efforts and the candidates leadership qualities that promise continued progress in the future (required)

Include a resume or biography as .pdf, .doc, or .docx (required)

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

The Herman Williams Founders Outstanding Service Award is jointly administered by the Emerging Recreational Sports Leadership planning committee, the Emerging Recreational Sports Advisory Board, and past award recipients.

Candidates should demonstrate innovative leadership qualities that have improved the Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders (ERSL) Conference and minorities in the field of collegiate recreation, yet be at a stage in their careers that they still can and will make significant contributions in the future. This award is meant to encourage and support those seeking sustained improvements for minorities in the field of collegiate recreation.

In addition, candidates should demonstrate, through implemented activities, innovative leadership qualities that have been central to the achievement of substantial improvements of minorities in the field of collegiate recreation.

These improvements should benefit students by enhancing opportunities for learning, and wherever possible, should lead to more effective use of resources.

The actions described should involve the cooperation and collaboration of additional individuals and/or organizations.

These accomplishments should further the overall purposes of the award.

Previous Recipients

2017   Kacy Toberg, Georgia State University

2016   Jackie McCarty, University of California-Davis

2015   Seneca Wilson, Syracuse University

2014   Demond Pryor, Central Michigan University

2013   Edmond “Chris” McGee, University of Southern Mississippi

2012  Stan Shingles, Central Michigan University

2011  Tony Daniels, University of Texas at San Antonio

2010  Lee Wasson

2009  No award given

2008  Sev-Ira Brown, Syracuse University

2007  Kenny Hill, The Ohio State University

2006  No award given

2005  No award given

2004  J. Michael Dunn, The Ohio State University

2003  Sam Vaughan, North Carolina Central University

For More Info

For more information, please contact Andrea Snead, Co-Chair of the Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Conference.