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Vanderbilt University Commodore Award

The Vanderbilt University Commodore Award is presented to full-time regular staff members who have made significant contributions to Vanderbilt University’s pursuit of excellence in education, research and community service each year.

The Commodore Award  will be presented each year at the annual Service Award Celebration. The recipient will receive a cash award of $2,500 and an engraved crystal bowl.

Regular full-time staff members holding positions below the director or department head level with at least five years of consecutive Vanderbilt University service may be nominated for the award. Previous recipients of the Commodore Award may not win a second time.

Nominations must be submitted using the online nomination form and describe how the nominee achieved one or more of the following: 

  • Overall performance and accomplishments that regularly and consistently far exceed performance expectations, reflecting a high level of service, dedication, conscientiousness, compassion and applied skill.
  • Handling a high impact or critical situation which had important consequences for a department, Vanderbilt University or the community.
  • Developing or improving processes that resulted in significant productivity and/or cost savings improvements.

To see an example of a Commodore Award Nomination Summary, click here .

Selection Committee

The University Commodore Award Selection Committee is appointed by the Chief Human Resource Officer and consists of five to seven members including the committee chair. The committee includes the previous year’s winner and representatives from staff, administration and faculty. The committee chair will be a dean or department head. Any questions regarding eligibility of a nominee will be determined by the committee chair.  A representative from Human Resources will serve as ex officio on the committee and facilitate the committee’s review work. 

2017 Commodore Award Winners

2017 Service Awards Ceremony

Previous Commodore Award Winners 

2017 Danny McKissack Grounds Maintenance
2017 Lilliana Rodriguez Spanish and Portuguese
2016 Karen Page School of Engineering
2015 Judy Brandon Office of Dean of Students
2014 Clair Gant Edgehill Child & Family Center
2013 Rosemary Moody Leadership, Policy and Organization
2012 Tonya Mills Political Science
2011 Paula McGown Health and Wellness Administration
2010 Peggy Chatfield Kennedy Center
2009 Mouzon Siddiqi Grad Program, Economic Development
2008 Sandy Childress Physics and Astronomy
2007 Rocky Alvey Dyer Observatory
2006 Donald Pickert Physics and Astronomy
2005 Patricia Kinman Occupational Health
2004 Danny Anglin Environmental Health & Safety
2003 Don Hughes Sr. Plant Operations
2002 Beverly Brothers Student Athletics-Support Staff
2001 Edwyna Griscom Student Athletics
  Betty Lee Student Academic Services
2000 Ginette Cambronero Edgehill Child & Family Center
1999 Bill Storey Molecular Biology
1998 Dodie Miller
1997 Gail Lance University Registrar Office
1996 Patricia Burns Psychology
1995 Brenda Jordan Arts & Science Registrar
1994 Lorine Spencer Residential & Judicial Affairs/Housing Administration
  Mary Scott University Payroll
1993 Jan Hargett Teaching and Learning, Peabody Dean’s Office
  Pat Millwood Student Organization, Campus Student Services
1992 Michael Miller  
1991 Robert McRaeynolds  
  Donnie W. Campbell  
  Gail Workman University Library
1990 Dorothy Timberlake Psychology
  William Ross Mail Services