Kenneth M. Cuthbertson Award
For Exceptional Service to Stanford University
The Kenneth M. Cuthbertson Award recognizes exceptional contributions of all types to Stanford University. The Award, which is open to all members of the Stanford community, is to recognize extraordinary contributions to the achievement of the goals of the University. Such contributions might be, for example, unusually distinguished service to the University, uncommon ingenuity in meeting University objectives, or exceptional intelligence, diligence, and sensitivity in discharging responsibilities. Ordinarily, one award is made each year.
2018-2019, Maggie Burgett, Project Executive, Land, Buildings and Real Estate (LBRE)
For her ability to bring projects in on time and on budget, and managing stakeholder expectations with a deft hand; and
For her wide breadth of knowledge in, and her careful management of Stanford's resources; and
For listening deeply, and for calmly and thoughtfully outlining an approach to complex challenges; and
For her devotion to Stanford, and her impact on the people and places that make Stanford special;
2018-2019, Patricia Gumport, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs and Professor of Education
For working closely and collaboratively with graduate students to enhance the graduate education experience at Stanford; and
For increasing the visibility of postdoctoral scholars and graduate students and amplifying their voices within faculty and administrative circles; and
For exhibiting the perfect combination of leading and listening; and
For her kind, giving nature, which inspires others to give of themselves;
2017-2018, Ann Arvin, Vice Provost and Dean of Research, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and the Lucile Salter Packard Professor of Pediatrics
For her strategic insight, sage advice and generous encouragement;
For her deep understanding of the intricacies of successful partnerships;
For bringing great diversity of experience, dedication, intellect and humor to her role at Stanford; and
For her knowledge, integrity, perseverance, dedication and compassion.
2016-2017 Jeff Wachtel, Executive Director of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program
For his care and concern for individuals, deep humanism and problem solving skills, and commitment to the university;
For his distinguished service to Stanford, ingenuity in meeting university objectives, and exceptional techical and emotional intelligence; and
For his crucial contributions to Stanford's significant public service initiative, Cardinal Service.
2015-16 Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and Professor, by courtesy, of Sociology and of Political Science
For nearly two decades of enthusiastic service to alumni, including leading Stanford Travel-Study trips, presenting at Stanford+Connects and Leading Matters, offering classes at Reunion Homecoming, and delivering the 2013 Class Day Lecture;
For his visionary leadership of the Haas Center during a time of unprecedented growth, strengthening engagement and charting a bold direction for the future;
For his instrumental role in the launch of Cardinal Service, ensuring that service will be central to the Stanford student experience and a defining value in the 21st century;
For being a powerful role model for students, inspiring them to become engaged in service and public polich; and
For the breadth and depth of his impact -- helping bring about wide-ranging change at Stanford while touching the lives of so many.
2014-15 Michael Keller, Ida M. Green University Librarian, Director of Academic Information Resources, Publisher of HighWire Press, and Publisher of the Stanford University Press
For 22 years of exceptional creativity and strong leadership of the Stanford University Libraries, bringing it into the digital age and developing it into one of the premier facilities in the world;
For pioneering new paths as the Director of Academic Information Resources, while continuing to develop the library’s superb collections;
For his clear commitment to scholarly publishing, exemplified in his founding of HighWire Press and ongoing support of Stanford University Press;
For understanding the hybrid nature of today’s university research libraries, overseeing the transition to technologically state-of-the-art resources where feasible, while ensuring the availability of works unlikely to be digitized in the near future;
For his innovative and collaborative support of Academic Computing and undergraduate teaching programs; and
For keeping the university’s mission and the needs of Stanford’s faculty, graduate students and undergraduates first and foremost in mind.
2013-14 Robert D. Simoni, Donald Kennedy Chair in the School of Humanities and Sciences and Professor of Biology
For 43 years of exemplary service to Stanford, including serving as chair of the Faculty Senate, acting provost, and three terms as chair of the Biology Department, strengthening the programs and research of the largest department in the School of Humanities and Sciences;
2012-13 Larry N. Horton, senior associate vice president for government & community relations
2011-12 Sally Dickson, associate vice provost for student affairs
For the breadth and scope of her work over 20 years at Stanford, crossing borders to serve in academic, administrative and student affairs roles;
For her uncommon diplomacy and commitment to working with people to resolve differences, create understanding and build community;
For her pioneering effors to promote diversity among the faculty;
For her ability to work both at the forefront of programmatic efforts, as well as quietly and effectively behind the scenes; and
For her unswerving dedication to the highest ideals of intellectual excellence, diversity and service to others.
2011-12 John Pearson, director, Bechtel International Center
2010-11 Valerie Kiszka, student services manager, biology
2009-10 John Bravman, Freeman-Thornton Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Bing Centennial Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
2009-10 H. Craig Heller, Lorry I. Lokey/Business Wire Professor of Biology
2008-09 Charles Junkerman, associate provost and dean of Continuing Studies, Master of Liberal Arts Program, and Summer Session
2008-09 Arthur Bienenstock, special assistant to the president for federal research policy and professor at SSRL and of materials science & engineering and of applied physics
2007-08 Nona Chiariello, research coordinator, Jasper Ridge
2006-07 Christine Griffith, associate dean, Office of Graduate Life
2005-06 Timothy R. Warner, Vice Provost for Budget and Auxiliaries Management
2004-05 Lois Wagner, Director, University Events/Lively Arts
For more than 20 years of distinguished service to Stanford in public events;
For dedicated leadership as Executive Director of Pubic Events, overseeing an extraordinary number and range of events — from Commencement ceremonies to university presidential inaugurations to performances by hundreds of artists;
For making Stanford Lively Arts a leader in arts presentation, engaging the campus and community with premiere performances and master classes in music, dance, and theater;
For orchestrating the visits of Presidents and Prime Ministers, Kings and Queens, Emperors and Empresses with equanimity and grace; and
For being the wizard behind the curtain of Stanford Events.
2003-04 Carolyn Manning, Vice President of the Stanford Alumni Association
2002-03 Margaret J. Kimball, University Archivist, Stanford Libraries
2002-03 Charles H. Kruger, Vice Provost and Dean of Research and Graduate Policy, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering
2001-02 Carole Buffum, Executive Director of Finance and Administration, School of Medicine
2001-02 Dick Gould, Head Coach, Men’s Tennis
2000-01 Margaret Ann Fidler, Associate Vice Provost for Administration, Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs
2000-01 John Ford, Vice President for Development, Office of Development
1999-00 Perry Everett, Financial Manager and Controller, School of Medicine
1999-00 Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Professor of French and Italian
1998-99 Michael Hudnall, Deputy General Counsel
1997-98 Mark Zoback, Geophysics (and Chair, Committee of 15)
For breathing new life into the honor code and fundamental standard;
For his exemplary leadership of the Committee of 15, the group charged with formulating a new judicial charter for Stanford after several previous attempts to modify the 1969 version had failed;
For his exceptional efforts to reach out to students, faculty, staff and alumni to make sure every group had input into the committee's proposal.
1996-97 Michael Cowan, Associate Dean for Administration, School of Medicine
For her dedicated support of the education of Stanford's medical students and support of the faculty in the School of Medicine;
For her realization that the field of medicine is strengthened when it is represented by men and women from all segments of American society;
For encouraging the development of the interdisciplinary program in immunology and a new course on the responsible conduct of medical research; and
For creating a caring community in which the healing arts can flourish.
1995-96 Mona Duggan, Associate Director External Relations, Museum of Art
1994-95 Iris Brest, Associate General Counsel Emerita
For being quite possibly the best university lawyer in the country;
For resisting expedient solutions, taking a broad view of the greater good of the university, and for defending the rights of the individual;
For being the keeper of the flame, the reservoir of university memory and conscience, and for truth and principle; and
For being a quiet powerhouse, the quintessential behind-the-scenes operator.
1993-94 Patricia Devaney, Associate Dean of Research
1993-94 Marvin Herrington, Director of Public Safety
1992-93 Alan Grundman, Administrative Director, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
1992-93 Ann Elizabeth Rafferty, Undergraduate Assistant, Political Science
1991-92 James Knox, Curator of British and American History, Green Library
For his work as a consummate reference librarian and bibliographer for more than 20 years;
1991-92 Stephen Peeps, Associate Vice President for Development
For his vision and effort in creating a five-year series of commemorative events that was logistically monumental, intellectually inspiring and plain fun;
1990-91 Karlene Dickey, Associate Dean, Graduate Division
For serving the University with unwavering energy, integrity and efficiency for more than twenty years;
For being an invaluable human resource, accessible to students, staff and faculty and meanwhile training a succession of Graduate Deans and teaching them how to behave;
For setting high standards -- both for Stanford and for her sister institutions, in representing Stanford in regional and national associations; and
For her profound and positive influences on international educational exchange.
1990-91 Robert Sumner, Mechanical Technician/Electrician, Electrical Engineering Research
For thirty-two years of pride in, and devotion to, his work in Electrical Engineering;
For a constant willingness to go out of his way to help faculty, staff and students with equal enthusiasm and care;
For a diligently cultivated expertise in all things electrical and technical -- conveyed with patience, good cheer and a ready smile; and,
For the durable impression he has made on his colleagues who bring forth in his behalf a waterfall of sentiment and affection: "unfailingly pleasant," "extraordinarily human," "gentle," and "the world's nicest guy."
1989-90 Ruby Mason and Verity Powell, Pre-professional Advisors at the Undergraduate Advising Center
For exemplary and outstanding contributions to undergraduate education and to the creation of a pluralistic community at Stanford;
1988-89 Mary Sevilla, Head of Loan Division, Green Library
For her flexibility and initiative over three decades in accommodating the needs of borrowers;
For helping to develop and maintain the spirit of cooperation and courtesy at the loan desk in Green Library;
For her service as informal mediator and advisor and her conscientious commitment to individual differences as well as to the needs of the whole community; and
For her accomplishments, through the Asian Staff Forum, in helping everyone to understand the University’s culture and in fostering opportunities for a diverse work force.
1987-88 Rodney H. Adams, Treasurer of the University
For the energetic and creative leadership he has deployed to move Stanford to the forefront of modern endowment investment management;
For his widely recognized capacities as pacesetter, pioneer, and innovative strategist;
For the high standards he applies to the dual goals of investment performance and institutional social responsibility; and
For the example of personal courage and institutional loyalty he has given to the entire University community.
1987-88 Clara Bush, Academic Secretary to the University
For selfless service to the University in both academic and administrative positions, and especially for the generosity, understanding, and compassion she brought to the post of Academic Secretary;
For the clarity of her understanding of the faculty's role in University governance and her efforts to make it explicable across the University;
For the sensitivity and tact with which she steered all of us through some of the major debates held at Stanford in the last six years; and
For the varied and subtle ways in which she has served as a resource for faculty and staff, and so helped to focus the intellectual life of the University.
1986-87 William Stone, Director of the Alumni Association
For a management style that helps others succeed and earn recognition for it;
For a graceful personal touch that turns stress to laughter, or to groans;
For his hospitality to new programs, new areas, and his energetic involvement of the full spectrum of Stanford Alumni in the activities of the Association; and
For his concern that the philosophy and the agenda of the Stanford Alumni Association reflect the values and direction of the University itself, while retaining its special vigor and independence.
1985-86 William Cleveland, Audio Visual Coordinator
For thirty-three years of generous commitment, during which he has become the gold standard by which Stanford measures quality service and sensitivity to the client;
For being a competent, caring person and problem solver-the kind we all want as a colleague;
For guiding generations of students cheerfully through the technical maze of theater production; and
For the professionalism, friendliness and selflessness with which he serves all the members of this community.
1984-85 Maurine Buma, Accounting Officer Controller's Office
For thirty-eight years of dedicated professional service, during which she became a focus of devotion and loyalty among her own staff and an unspoken symbol of the possibility for the aspirations of women in the university;
For the extra miles she travelled in making the mysteries of Stanford accounting understandable to generations of principal investigators and administrators, thereby establishing an institutional standard for staff accountability; and
For her work as principal architect of the accounting system that supported the great epoch of this university's growth.
1984-85 Gerald Lieberman, Vice Provost, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Professor in Operations Research and Statistics
For the wisdom and academic foresight that allowed him to recognize the potential of the new interdisciplinary field of operations research, and for the skills of persuasion he used to turn that orphan into the ranking department of its kind in the world;
For his tireless efforts on behalf of Stanford's graduate students, in areas ranging from housing and stipends to the recruitment of women and members of minority groups; and
For his dedication to the defense of this faculty's first principles of research freedom, openness, accessibility -- in the councils of government as well as of his university.
1983-84 Lyle Nelson, Professor in Communication
For his extraordinary effectiveness in creating Stanford's government relations programs , and the quiet good judgment he purveys as counselor and father-confessor to presidents, colleagues, and students;
For the self-effacing, fun-loving, fund-finding efforts he delivers on behalf of fellow faculty members and professional journalists;
For his faithful commitment to intellectual freedom across national boundaries; and
For his bedrock integrity and devotion to the university.
1982-83 Robert W. Beyers, Director of News Service
For the reliability and stubbornly independent candor with which he represents Stanford to the external media; and
For the humanity, energy, and scrupulous sense of fairness he applies to the proprietorship of this University's publications, to the leadership of his own staff, and to the coverage of various news events at which his presence has become campus legend.
1981-82 Raymond F. Bacchetti, Vice Provost for Management & Director of University Budgets
For the graceful way in which, acting as institutional conscience, he helps us distinguish good ends from bad;
For the philosophical and determined way in which he makes us understand, even admidst the confusion of a half-completed budget, the important distinctions between means and ends;
For his relentless energy and unstinting integrity; and
For the time he manages to find to be teacher, friend, and quiet healer -- a role in which he has, over nearly two decades, created a legion of secret beneficiaries.