Awards
Edwin Crawford Award for Innovation

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The Edwin Crawford Award recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement, quality and effectiveness of state relations on behalf of a higher education institution or system. Recipients are relatively new to the profession and have shown great effort, initiative and innovation in achieving the legislative goals of their institution or system.

The award is named in honor of the late Edwin Crawford, who exemplified excellence in state relations and public affairs during more than 40 years in state government relations at Auburn University, the University of Virginia, the Ohio State University and the University of California System.

The award recipient receives a crystal award at the annual Higher Education Government Relations Conference.


Nomination Instructions

The deadline for nominations is has passed.

Please enter through the online system.  Include in the nomination package:

  • A complete entry form by the official nominator (self-nominations and nominations by students will not be accepted) answering entry questions. Each question has a 2,500 character limit.

How long has the nominee worked as a government relations officer at a higher education institution or system?

How has the nominee demonstrated an approach to state government relations that is recognized by peers and policymakers as exceptionally innovative and creative?

How has the nominee effectively mobilized others to help meet the institution's legislative goals? (for example, created coalitions between other colleges and universities, higher education associations or other groups)

How has the nominee effectively used resources to achieve legislative goals?

Please provide any further information on the nominee's qualifications.

  • A curriculum vitae that provides a concise summary of the individual's education, government relations experience, relevant awards, publications and other significant contributions (information may be summarized using a biographical format but should focus on state government relations experience).

The awards committee reviews all nominations and selects semi-finalists for a second round of judging. Nominators will be contacted for additional materials for semi-finalists, including supporting letters from colleagues, policymakers or other persons familiar with the qualifications of the candidate, and for a personal statement written by the nominee.


Selection Process

Nominations are reviewed by an awards selection committee chaired by the vice chair of the Task Force on Higher Education Government Relations. The task force is a collaborative effort of AACC, AASCU, APLU and CASE.

Criteria

Judges look for an extraordinary individual who has demonstrated initiative and innovation in a state government relations office. Nominees must have:

  • Worked for a maximum of 10 years as a government relations officer representing a higher education institution or system,
  • Demonstrated an approach to state government relations that is recognized by peers and policymakers as exceptionally innovative and creative, regardless of the end result,
  • Effectively mobilized others to help meet the institution's legislative goals, for example, creating coalitions between other colleges and universities, higher education associations or other groups sharing similar goals,
  • Used all resources of the campus to achieve legislative goals and
  • A record of demonstrated and recognized success.

The awards committee reviews all nominations and selects semi-finalists for a second round of judging. Nominators will be contacted for additional materials for semi-finalists, including supporting letters from colleagues, policymakers or other persons familiar with the qualifications of the candidate, and for a personal statement written by the nominee.

Recipients are selected in September, with the awards presented at the annual Higher Education Government Relations Conference. Winners are expected to attend and produce a five-minute biographical DVD for presentation at the conference.


Past Winners

2017
Tim Farley
Director of Community and Government Relations
Saint Mary's College of California

2016
Meredith V. Turner
University of California

2015
Lynn W. McGee
University of South Carolina, Beaufort

2014
Jeneane Beck
University of Northern Iowa

2013
Bridget Burns
Oregon University System

2012
Frances Teves
California State University, Fullerton

2011
Ryan McPherson
University of Buffalo, State University of New York

2010
Erin Cowser
Southeastern Louisiana University

2009
Justin Lonon
Dallas County Community College District

2008
Claire Rosacco
Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio

2007
Donald Payton
Seminole Community College

2006
Joseph Bryce
University System of Maryland

2005
Angela Leidinger
Clemson University

2004
Leslie Smith
City College of San Francisco

2003
Matthew Hargrove
University of California, Davis

2002
Bryan Boehringer
Oregon Health & Science University

2001
Owen Holmes
California State University, Fullerton