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Dorris Douglas Budd Award nominations now being accepted!

VCU’s commitment to a Culture of Appreciation includes the annual presentation of the President’s Awards for Professional and Administrative Distinction and the Dorris Douglas Budd Award for exemplary administrative support.  We look forward to presenting these awards each year as part of our Service Recognition Celebration.

The 2020 event was postponed and will now be held virtually on March 23rd at 3 pm. The President’s Awards and the Dorris Douglas Budd Award presentations will be part of the rescheduled celebration.  


Dorris Douglas Budd Award 

Established in 1981, this award honors a VCU or VCU Health administrative office support staff member who demonstrates exemplary performance. and enhances the image and mission of VCU and VCU Health. 

Who may be nominated for this award? This award recognizes a full-time administrative support staff who is reliable, able to make decisions within the scope of their authority, is innovative in their jobs, knows where to find answers within internal and external "connections", is service oriented, shows pride in both VCU/VCU Health and their job, and has demonstrated professional growth. Please include any significant contribution the nominee has made to VCU or VCU Health. An employee who was nominated in a previous year, but was not chosen as the award winner, may be nominated again. However, a new nomination and new supporting documentation must be submitted.

Who can make the nomination? Any employee of VCU or VCU Health who has a thorough knowledge of the candidate's strengths and accomplishments, however, individuals may not nominate themselves. It is not appropriate to nominate a family member, spouse, or partner.

Prepare the text of your nomination in advance. Please be sure to address all award criteria including specific statements to substantiate your nomination. If you need assistance with the nomination form, please contact Cindi Phares at 

Get support. Nominations should be limited to the nomination form and include at least three additional letters of support or commendations received from others based on the award criteria.

Deadline for nominations. Nominations must be submitted by February 28, 2021. Incomplete nominations (those with less than 3 letters of support) will not be considered.

All nominees and nominators will be invited to attend the virtual Service Recognition Celebration virtual event to be held on March 23, 2021. The winners will be announced there. The winner will receive $2,000, a framed certificate, and their name added to the Dorris Douglas Budd Award plaque located in the President's Conference Room.

Submit your nomination for this award. 



2019 Dorris Douglas Budd Award Winner

Betty Arkwright, Department of Radiology

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2019 Nominees included:

  • Betty Arkwright, Department of Radiology
  • Valerie Derricott, NOW Short Pump Center Administration
  • Briana Garnett, OR/PACU Administration
  • Pamela Hendrix, Office of the Provost and VP Academic Affairs
  • Amber Lawrence, Support Services and Planning Administration
  • Wesley McKinney, ICU Medical Respiratory
  • Victoria Morison, Internal Medicine Clinic
  • Paula Oakley, Acute Care Surgery
  • Aeman Rasul, Human and Molecular Genetics
  • Denise Russell, Dental Clinic Brook Road Support
  • Amy Vergilia, Therapy Services Administration Brook Road

Past winners

  • 2019, Betty Arkwright, VCU Health, Department of Radiology
  • 2018, Margaret Poland, VCU School of Dentistry
  • 2017, Deborah Wamsley, VCU Health, Mother/Infant Care Unit
  • 2016, Susan Beavers, VCU Health, Wound Care Team
  • 2015, Shirley Beavers, VCU Health, Cardiac Surgery ICU
  • 2014, Debbie Teconchuk, VCU Medical Center, Clinical Enterprise Administration
  • 2013, Deborah D. Van Buren, VCU Department of Communication Arts
  • 2012, Wanda P. Clary, VCU Humanities & Sciences & Science, Technology & Society (STS) Program
  • 2011, Patricia A. Pleasant, VCU School of Education
  • 2010, Deborah L. Weir, VCU School of Medicine
  • 2009, Kimberly A. Christman, VCU Department of Radiology
  • 2008, Suzanne C. Havasy, VCU Department of Health Administration
  • 2007, Linda S. Johnston, VCU Department of Music
  • 2006, Deborah L. Stewart, VCU School of Medicine
  • 2005, Laurette (Anderson-Conyard) Anderson-Gray, VCU Medical Center Administration
  • 2004, Gilda R. Harris-Howard, VCU Department of Internal Medicine
  • 2003, Michelle Craighead Wise, VCU Research - Institute for Structural Biology and Drug Discovery 
  • 2002, Karen S. Moss, VCU Stony Point Administration
  • 2001, Miriam L. Mayhew, VCU Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • 2000, Dorothy M. Winfree, VCU Employee Health Services
  • 1999, Linda S. Pontius, VCU School of Business
  • 1998, Debra B. (Doyle) Cody, VCU Department of Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery
  • 1997, Vera E. Wilkerson, VCU Department of Internal Medicine - Cardiology
  • 1996, Patricia G. Carr, VCU School of Allied Health Professions
  • 1995, Marquita C. Aguilar, VCU School of Education
  • 1994, Lila M. (Patterson) Garlick, VCU School of Social Work
  • 1993, Monica L. White, VCU School of Allied Health Professions
  • 1992, Mary L. Swartz, VCU Department of Psychiatry
  • 1991, Janet H. Mundie, VCU School of Medicine
  • 1990, Vickie W. Boss, VCU Medical Center Food/Nutrition Services
  • 1989, Brenda E. Wyatt, VCU School of Nursing
  • 1988, Shirley W. (Jones) Moss, VCU Community/International Programs
  • 1987, Carole E. Harwell, VCU School of Nursing
  • 1986, Lila M. Patterson, VCU School of Social Work
  • 1985, India D. Urbach, VCU Human Resources
  • 1984, Nancy (Knowles) Belcher, VCU School of Allied Health Professions
  • 1983, Gwen M. Parker, VCU Department of Theatre
  • 1982, Jane H. Crawley, VCU School of Social Work
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