Board of Governors' Excellence in Public Affairs Award

The Board of Governors' Award for Excellence in Public Affairs recognizes faculty and staff who excel at integrating the public affairs mission within their work.

Congratulations to the 2023-2024 recipients

six faculty and staff recipients

Shown from left to right Carrie Crews, Cristina Bowles, Daezia Smith, Dr. Paul Durhas, Dr. Ann Rost and Dr. Suzanne Walker-Pacheco.

This award focuses on the recipient's on-campus related activities and should have evidence of distinctive work and accomplishments in support of the University’s public affairs mission.

Up to three faculty and three staff are selected annually.  Recipients will receive recognition by the Board of Governors and a $1,500 to be used toward supporting their work, activities or related public affairs projects within the University.  

Nominees must be full-time Missouri State employees with a minimum of 3 years full-time employment at the time of nomination.


Each academic college including Library Services and the West Plains campus can submit only one faculty for award consideration. A name may be submitted for consideration with or without a formal nomination letter.


There is no limit to the number of staff that may be nominated. Nominations may be submitted by any campus employee or member of the public.  A name may be submitted for consideration with or without a formal nomination letter.


To nominate a faculty or staff member for this award, please email their name and accompanying letter to Stacey Trewatha-Bach, Office of Public Affairs Support.  

Additional award information
For assistance, please contact Stacey Trewatha-Bach, Coordinator, Office of Public Affairs Support at 417-836-8832.