Nominations for the NIRSA Foundation Leadership Award are due Friday, November 15. The award will be presented at the 2020 NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo.

The NIRSA Foundation Leadership Award recognizes an individual or group that has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the mission of the NIRSA Foundation through exceptional contributions of time, talent, and treasure. The award recognizes the value of volunteer service within NIRSA and distinguishes those who have provided leadership to the Association through active participation in fulfilling the NIRSA Foundation’s important work of providing support and meaningful opportunities for leaders in campus recreation.

The work of our Foundation is critically important to NIRSA’s future and our ability to remain vibrant, forward thinking, and responsive to trends in our profession. Past winners of this award demonstrated their passion for NIRSA through service and philanthropy. This award recognizes those who possess that same passion and service to our NIRSA Foundation efforts.

The NIRSA Foundation Leadership Award was first presented at the 2013 NIRSA Annual Conference to Darcy and Bob Bingham. Other recipients include Tom Dison (2014), Dave Koch (2015), Will Holsberry (2016), Stan Campbell (2017), Loretta Capra (2018), and Thomas Kirch (2019).

Nominate a candidate by November 15

Recognize the generosity and dedication of your NIRSA family, colleagues, and mentors by submitting a nomination for the NIRSA Foundation Leadership Award!

If you’ve ever been the beneficiary of NIRSA Foundation support, please pay it forward by nominating a NIRSA member who has made a significant impact on the profession as a champion of the NIRSA Foundation.

New recipient announcement timeline

The process for announcing the winner will change for the 2020 NIRSA Annual Conference. The NIRSA Foundation Board of Directors will announce the award recipient in advance of the conference. Historically, the NIRSA Foundation Leadership Award has been kept secret in advance of the NIRSA Annual Conference. The updated announcement timeline expands opportunities to celebrate the recipient, as it:

  • Allows the recipient advance notice to bring friends and/or family to celebrate the award presentation at the 2020 NIRSA Annual Conference
  • Gives Annual Conference attendees notice to attend the award presentation (time/location to be determined) to celebrate and show support
  • Increases opportunities for award recognition throughout the Annual Conference


Director at University of California, Davis | NIRSA Profile

Deb Johnson, RCRSP, is currently the Director at the University of California, Davis. She is a member of the NIRSA Foundation Board of Directors.