Regents seeking nominations for 2017 awards

Honorary Degrees, University Medals among CU’s highest honors
By Staff

CU Board of Regents

The University of Colorado Board of Regents is soliciting nominations for CU 2017 Honorary Degrees, University Medals and Distinguished Service Awards.

An Honorary Degree (Doctor of Humane Letters or Doctor of Science) is the highest award CU can bestow. It is the policy of the Board of Regents to award Honorary Degrees in recognition of outstanding intellectual achievement in one or more of the following areas: intellectual contributions, university service, and/or public service.

University Medals are awarded in recognition of those persons whose achievements and contributions are particularly associated with the university, while Distinguished Service Awards are awarded in recognition of achievements and contributions particularly associated with the state and/or nation.

Nominations must meet the following criteria (Laws of the Regents, Article 9, and Regent Policy 9-A):

Nomination Process:

  1. Each year the vice president, university counsel and secretary of the Board of Regents will solicit names of nominees for these awards.  The nomination deadline is Nov. 15, 2016. Late or incomplete nomination packages will not be considered.
  2. Honorary Degree, University Medal, and Distinguished Service Award nominations must be submitted on the award nomination form and supported by three and not more than five letters of recommendation. The nominator will provide the recommendation letters and the nominee's current vitae/resume, address, and telephone number. The complete nomination package must be submitted to the Office of the vice president, university counsel and secretary of the Board of Regents by the deadline date.
  3. Nomination Guidelines
    • No person may nominate him/herself, nor may current university employees be nominated.
    • Current public officials may not be nominated. Public officials are elected or appointed officials in policy making positions with the ability to directly affect the university through an official act.
    • Public officials may be nominated two years after completion of their terms of office.

View the complete policy at

Being nominated is no guarantee of an award. All nominations will be considered confidential. The list of approved honorees will be made public during the spring 2017 semester.

Award selectees will be invited to attend commencement of the nominating campus, but can opt to attend any University of Colorado 2017 or 2018 commencement. Some of the expenses for the honoree to attend commencement ceremony activities will be funded by the host campus.

Nominations are due to campus canvassing committees prior to the Nov. 15, 2016, deadline, the date to be determined by the respective canvassing committee.

It will be the responsibility of the nominator to obtain the required letters of support, vitae or resume, and nominee data. Nominations received by the campus canvassing committees, and judged to be qualified and complete, will be referred to the 2017 Regents Awards Committee by Nov. 15, 2016.

Please direct questions about the process to the respective campuses canvassing committee:

Nominations Due: Nov. 1, 2016
Carole Capsalis
Assistant to the Chancellor
University of Colorado Boulder
914 Broadway, UCB 17
Boulder, CO 80309
Phone: 303-492-0318
Nominations Due: Nov. 1, 2016

Martin Wood
Vice Chancellor of University Advancement
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Main Hall 402E
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Phone: 719-255-3176
Nominations Due: TBD
Diana Kelly
Office of the Chancellor
1380 Lawrence St. Suite 1400 – CB 168
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303-315-2075
Nominations Due: Nov. 1, 2016

Mark Ostrander
Director of Operations
Office of the Board of Regents
1800 Grant Street, 8th Floor
Denver, Colorado  80203
Phone: 303-860-5743

For more information and to download award nomination forms, please go to: To request hard copies of the forms, please contact the Board of Regents office, 303-860-5743.