The Richard Kneedler Distinguished Service Award is given each year to a member of the professional staff, in recognition of his or her outstanding contributions and demonstrated commitment to the mission of the College.
During his long association with Franklin & Marshall, Richard Kneedler exemplified what it means to be a true citizen of the College. Many others have been inspired by Richard Kneedler's example. Through this award, the College will recognize a professional staff member or two staff members each year for his or her contributions and service to the College.
Via the Richard Kneedler Distinguished Service Award, the College will recognize a member of the professional staff who consistently goes "above and beyond" normal performance expectations, and who has earned the respect of students and colleagues.
The recipient of this award will have demonstrated his/her commitment to the mission of the College:
Dual nominations of this award will be accepted if the work of the two professional staff members is so extensively intertwined that their ability to meet the above 2 criteria is dependent upon each other.
Mission Statement: Franklin & Marshall is a residential college dedicated to excellence in undergraduate liberal education. Its aims are to inspire in young people of high promise and diverse backgrounds a genuine and enduring love for learning, to teach them to read, write, and think critically, to instill in them the capacity for both independent and collaborative action, and to educate them to explore and understand the natural, social and cultural worlds in which they live. In so doing, the College seeks to foster in its students qualities of intellect, creativity, and character, that they may live fulfilling lives and contribute meaningfully to their occupations, their communities, and their world.
Examples of accomplishments that may result in a nomination include:
To be considered for this award, a nominee must:
Senior Officers of the College are not eligible for this award.
A professional staff member selected for this award based on item (b) above will be eligible to receive this award once during his/her employment at the College for this same reason.
The recipient of the Richard Kneedler Distinguished Service Award will receive a $2,500 cash award in recognition of his/her distinguished service to the College.
Each year, the College will request nominations for the Richard Kneedler Distinguished Service Award. Any member of the College community may nominate a member of the professional staff for this award. Nominees must meet the eligibility and award criteria described above. Nominations must be in writing, on the Nomination Form provided for this purpose. The Nomination Form is available in the Human Resources public folder in eDisk ("FORMS" folder).
Nominations must be submitted to the Director, Human Resources by March 20. Late nominations cannot be accepted.
A committee of five professional staff members will review nominations and forward the list of nominations to the Senior Officers for their review. The Director, Human Resources will serve as an ex officio member of this committee. The committee will gather additional information as necessary to thoroughly evaluate each nomination. Such evaluation may include discussion with the nominee's manager and colleagues.
The committee will recommend one award recipient based on the criteria listed above. The committee's final recommendation will be submitted to the Senior Officers of the College for their final action.
If a member of the committee is nominated for this award, that person will be excused from the selection process for that year. Additionally, an individual who nominates a member of the professional staff for this award will not be eligible to serve on the nomination review committee that year. Committee members will be expected to keep all information included on Nomination Forms strictly confidential.
The Richard Kneedler Distinguished Service Award recipient will be announced each spring during Commencement.
Past Richard Kneedler Distinguished Service Award Recipients:
2014 – John Coccia, Information Technology Services
2013 – Rus O’Connell, Art and Art History
2012 – Dan Lewis, Facilities and Operations
2011 – Lisa Stillwell, Shadek Fackenthal Library
2010 – Andy Gulati, Shadek Fackenthal Library
2009 - Marty McGrath, Facilities and Operations
2008 - Kathy Clark, Sociology and Anthropology
2007 - Steve Spadafore, Physics and Astronomy
2006 - Beth Betrone, Philosophy
2005 - David Stameshkin, Office of the Dean of the College