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May 4 is the Last Day to Submit a Nomination for the Bill Plater Award for Provosts

Nominations are now being sought for the William Plater Award.

The Plater Award is given to chief academic officers (Provosts, Vice Presidents or Vice Chancellors for Academic Affairs) in recognition of their exemplary leadership in advancing the civic learning of undergraduates.  The Plater Award is designed to recognize the critical role of the chief academic officer in advancing the civic mission of the campus through curricular reform, public advocacy, accountability for institutional citizenship, faculty development and recruitment, and partnerships with community organizations.

The Award recipient will receive an engraved commemorative and a check for $1,000.  The recipient will be announced at the annual meeting of the American Democracy Project in Baltimore in June; at the awardee’s discretion, the Award can also is presented at a suitable occasion on the recipient’s campus, ordinarily in the fall semester following selection.

Chief academic officers may be nominated by anyone on the campus; the president or chancellor must endorse the nomination.  Any AASCU chief academic officer is eligible, whether or not their campus is an active participant in the American Democracy Project.

The nomination consists of the following:  a complete cover sheet, a vitae or resume no longer than five (5) pages; and no more than five (5) additional pages of documentation in the form of a description of the nominee’s achievements, supporting letters, etc.  The materials must be sent to George L. Mehaffy (, and must be received no later than May 4, 2009.

For more information, please see the Plater Award information and application form on the American Democracy Project website.

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