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Distinguished Public Service Award

The Distinguished Public Service Award was established in 1989 by the LBJ School Alumni Association. The award is presented each year to an LBJ School alumnus whose career and public service record best represents the values on which the School was founded. Nominations are accepted throughout the year and the selection is made in the summer. The winner is presented with their award at an annual reception sponsored by the Dean of the LBJ School.

Selection Committee

The Selection Committee is composed of members of the LBJ School Alumni Association national board, other alumni, a faculty member, a current student, and the previous year's Distinguished Public Service Award winner.

Qualifications and Nomination Procedure

Nominees must have made significant contributions to public policy; promoted the advancement of the public affairs vocation; been engaged in community service and/or volunteerism; shown commitment to the LBJ School and its mission; and demonstrated leadership, the ability to work well with diverse people, and other attributes (honors/awards, etc.).

Nomination packages should include:

  • a cover letter stating the justification for the nomination
  • a current version of the nominee's resume, curriculum vitae, or biography
  • additional letters of support
  • other supporting items (e.g., newspaper articles, lists of publications or sponsored legislation, etc.)
  • the name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address of the individual(s) submitting the nomination

Anyone may submit nominations and individuals who have attended the LBJ School for more than one year are eligible to be nominated. To reactivate a nomination that was submitted within the past two years, the nominator must submit a new cover letter and, if needed, provide the update information.

Send nominations to the Office of Alumni Affairs or through U.S. mail to LBJ School of Public Affairs, P.O. Box Y, University Station, Austin, TX, 78713-8925.