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We are pleased to announce the Tenth Annual Student Servant Leader Awards, which will be presented on 8 April 2014.  

The purpose of the Student Servant Leader Awards is to honor students who exemplify the ideals of servant leadership on and off campus.  

Criteria for Selection 

Servant leaders are those whose leadership consists of serving the needs of others — not service to others in addition to leadership, but service that is part and parcel of leadership.  

Key elements of the candidates’ experiences, which will serve as criteria for selection, include but are not limited to:

  • Continuous commitment to service
  • Call to service; inspiration to lead through service
  • Significance of a selected service experience
  • Application of intellectual skills during the experience and demonstrated learning from the service experience

Nomination and Selection Process

We invite you to nominate qualified students for this important award. Letters of nomination by faculty, staff, students and community members will be accepted. Self-nominations will also be accepted. Nominated students will be invited to submit a short essay on their philosophy of service. After review of the nomination/recommendation letters and essays, the Student Servant Leader Awards Selection Committee will invite selected students for an interview with the committee.  


Letters of Nomination should be sent to or brought to DOVE in Boland Hall Room 108 by 31 January 2014. Nomination letters should touch on the award purpose and criteria. Please include the following in the nomination letter:

  • How long and in what capacity you have known the student
  • Your knowledge of the student’s commitment to service
  • Examples of specific service experiences where the student took a leadership role


Please identify an individual to submit a letter of recommendation, who can speak to your experience with service. The letter is due by the 31 January 2014 deadline.  


Nominated students will be contacted by Michelle Peterson, via email, and asked to elaborate on their philosophy of service and to submit a resume by 6 February 2014. 


Selected students will be invited to interview with the Selection Committee on 18 or 19 February. During the interview, students will be asked to discuss their commitment to service, calling to serve, and growth from their various service experiences. 


After the final interview round, award recipients will be notified. 

Meet the 2014 Student Servant Leader Award Winners 

Contact Information

Dan Nugent
(973) 378-2641

Michelle Peterson
(973) 761-9702

Selection Committee

  • Omayra Arocho, College of Education and Human Services
  • Theresa E. Bartolotta, Office of the Provost
  • Maureen Byrnes, College of Nursing
  • Diane Carr, Immaculate Conception School of Theology
  • Sarah Clifford, Community Development
  • Gwen Debenedetto, Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations
  • Christopher O’Brien, School of Health and Medical Sciences
  • Daniel Nugent, Alumni Relations
  • Leigh Onimus, Stillman School of Business
  • Karen Passaro, Stillman School of Business
  • Francia Peterson, Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership
  • Michelle Peterson, Division of Volunteer Efforts
  • Darren Sweeper, University Libraries

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