Presidential Awards for Outstanding Staff

The Presidential Awards for Outstanding Staff include the Staff Recognition Awards, the Albert J. Simone Legacy Award, and the Isaac L. Jordan, Sr. Staff Pluralism Award.

The awards ceremony will take place on October 8th, 2019 at 10:00am in Ingle Auditorium.

Meet the individual and team nominees for the 2019 Presidential Awards for Outstanding Staff!


The Staff Recognition awards, a university-wide awards program, recognize the contributions of individual staff members and/or teams of co-workers whose work has had a major impact on the university, its goals, and its customers; and who have excelled in the performance of their duties and created a positive environment for all members of the RIT community. The purpose of the awards is to identify and reward staff for outstanding contributions to the university and to provide staff with an opportunity to recognize and learn from their co-workers.  Awards included are the Rising Star Award, Staff Excellence Awards and theDancy Duffus Award for Outstanding Citizenship in the RIT Community. The RIT University Policies website contains additional details on the Staff Recognition Awards.


This award is named in honor of RIT President Emeritus Dr. Albert J. Simone.  His visionary inclusion of Staff in the university’s shared governance process is part of the legacy of Dr. Simone’s fifteen year presidency (1992–2007).  Created to mark the 25th anniversary of Staff Council, the award recognizes an individual with at least 25 years of service as an RIT Staff member.  The RIT University Policies website contains additional details on the Albert J. Simone Legacy Award.

Isaac L Jordan, Sr. Staff Pluralism Award

The Isaac L. Jordan Sr. Staff Pluralism Award, a university-wide award program, recognizes staff members for their significant contributions to enhance diversity at RIT.  As RIT’s first chairperson of the Commission for Promoting Pluralism, Jordan provided outstanding leadership in advancing pluralism at RIT.  He set an example for others to emulate.  This award in his name assures the continuance of his legacy and honors those who carry out his work.  The RIT University Policies website contains additional details on the Isaac L. Jordan Sr. Staff Pluralism Award.

    Past Nominees and recipients