The Dr. Michael R. Ferrari Award

The Dr. Michael R. Ferrari Award, presented to a member of the Administrative Staff, was authorized by the Board of Trustees in 1982 to honor Dr. Ferrari, who served as interim president during 1981-82.

During his tenure at Bowling Green State University, Dr. Ferrari faced adversities and challenges similar to those riddling the state of Ohio today, and his words, drawn from a lifetime of experiences in higher education, are guaranteed to inspire. Even in his early days in academia, Ferrari was ever cognizant of the “substantial reservoir of institutional pride that exists among faculty and staff” (at BGSU). He consistently discovered innovative and creative means through which to lead the institution in the midst of adversity. Dr. Ferrari’s legacy of executive leadership and continuity of character was celebrated by countless colleagues and friends who attend the annual Ferrari Award presentations.

Award Criteria

  1. Eligibility- Any person who is a full-time member of the Administrative Staff, i.e., non-faculty contract employee, may be nominated. Nominee must have been an employee for at least one contract year and may not have received the award the previous year. Any nominations from previous years must be resubmitted. The prominence of the University position held by the nominee should not be considered in the nomination process.

  2. Nominees – Must have exhibited attentiveness to the growth and development of the University, exceptional performance and a genuine sensitivity to others by showing an open, caring attitude. In addition, the nominee must demonstrate at least one of the following attributes:
    • Innovation and Initiative – Demonstration of resourcefulness in the work place, including the formulation and implementation of creative new ideas. These ideas should have improved the work environment, saved time/or money and , in general, contributed to the better overall efficiency and effectiveness of the University.
    • Performance – “above and beyond” that required by the position, e.g., accepting special projects, additional responsibilities such as committee work, giving non-compensable time to effectively complete an assignment, service in professional organizations, or recognition brought to the University through the receipt of grants or through publications.
    • Relationship with University Community – The nominee must effectively interact with faculty, staff, or students in providing services that promote growth and harmony in their respective departments, areas, etc., as well as the campus.

Award & Selection Information:

The recipient of this prestigious award receives an inscribed plaque, a cash award, and a reserved parking space for one (1) year. A plaque bearing prior recipients and a picture of the winner is also placed on public display. Selection of the winner is determined by an Administrative Staff Council (ASC) committee on the basis of the information supplied by the Nominator, through this process. The winner will be announced and all nominees will be acknowledged and honored at the annual ASC reception.  

Submission Requirements:

Please complete the fields at the bottom on this form and provide a written statement of why you are nominating this staff member. Obtain three (3) letters in support of the nominee. The letters of support must describe how long and in what capacity one has known the nominee and explain how they meet the qualifications, in accordance with the criteria. (Only 3 letters are required and no more than 5 will be accepted. Submission of more than 3 letters does not increase a nominee’s chances of winning as all applications are reviewed equally. No additional accompanying or extraneous materials or documentation will be accepted.  

Past Ferrari Award Winners

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