The University of Nebraska’s Presidential Medal of Service celebrates Nebraskans who have given significant service or support to the University of Nebraska and have tirelessly promoted the impact higher education has on Nebraska’s economy and well-being. It is the highest honor the President can bestow on community members.
To nominate an individual, please fill out the online nomination form. Nominations for the University of Nebraska’s Presidential Medal of Service will be submitted to the Office for University Affairs and then forwarded to the President of the University of Nebraska, Ted Carter.
The following guidelines are suggested in nominating the Presidential Medal of Service recipients:
- Nominees should be a Nebraskan who have provided significant service, support, or promotion of the University of Nebraska and the impact higher education has on Nebraska.
- Actions that could be considered “significant support” could include a combination of items such as testifying on behalf of NU, leading a letter writing campaign, speaking at a city council or county commission on a subject related to the University, or hosting an event to raise awareness of university impact among community members.
- The Presidential Medal of Service shall not be awarded to active faculty, staff, or administrators of the University of Nebraska or the University of Nebraska Foundation.
- The Presidential Medal of Service shall not be awarded to any incumbent of or candidate for any elective state constitutional office, including state senator, or to any incumbent of or candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives or U.S. Senate from the State of Nebraska.
- The nominations should be for the calendar year in which they were submitted.
- The nomination deadline is October 23, 2021.
2020 Medal of Service Recipient
The Agriculture Builders of Nebraska, a longtime champion of the University of Nebraska and the vital role of agriculture in ensuring the growth and success of NU and the state, is the recipient of the 2020 Presidential Medal of Service. "Agriculture is the backbone of Nebraska’s economy and a cornerstone of the University of Nebraska’s work across our 93 counties," said University of Nebraska President Ted Carter. "Our university is fortunate to benefit from the support and engagement of the Ag Builders, whose members share a commitment to the value and impact of affordable, high-quality education and are passionate champions of groundbreaking research and workforce development to move our state forward.
"The University of Nebraska is emerging from an unprecedented year in a position of strength, and that’s in no small part thanks to our partners across the state who believe in the mission of public higher education. The Ag Builders’ impact on our 52,000 students and the state is impossible to measure. It’s an honor to recognize their ongoing service to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the entire University of Nebraska system."
Past Medal of Service Recipients
2019—Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards, Tom Henning of Kearney, and Michael Yanney and Dr. Gail Walling Yanney of Omaha
2018—Galen and Marilyn Hadley