The Pillar Society of Fairleigh Dickinson University was instituted in 2001 by President Michael Adams, to recognize those exceptional individuals who, over time, have made extraordinary contributions to the character and quality of the University, its community and culture.
Presentation of a $1000 check presented at the Convocation each fall. The recipient’s name is to be inscribed on an individual plaque – presented to recipient. An FDU pin is awarded to each recipient. In addition, Pillar recipients are invited to participate in the commencement ceremony procession.
In the Spring of each academic year, the Office of Human Resources prepares a letter to the FDU community, listing criteria for the award, calling for nominations, and setting a response deadline (typically in late May).
Students and graduate assistants are not permitted to nominate.
Nominators must have been employed with FDU at least three years.
Nominations must be individually submitted with a recommendation. Group petition nominations will not be accepted.
Current qualified Pillar Society members will be permitted to submit one nomination. All current Pillar recipients, upon promotion to the rank of Assistant Vice President, Associate Vice President or Vice President, will retain their position as Pillar but are removed from the nomination and election process.
Nominations will be forwarded to the Office of Human Resources and vetted for adherence to the eligibility criteria referenced above.
The Office of Human Resources will provide former qualified Pillar Society members with a copy of all eligible nomination forms, and include a ballot form. Members will be instructed to mail ballots back to Human Resources.
The Office of Human Resources will determine the results, selecting no more than two recipients from each major New Jersey campus, and communicate accordingly with the Office of the President, both Campus Provosts and Office of Public Relations.
Re-nomination of prior nominees, not previously selected, but who are still eligible, is encouraged.
In the absence of a sufficient pool of nominees, the committee may access the previous pool of nominees from the past two years.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND AWARDING OF PILLAR AWARDS
A letter signed by the University President, will be sent to each awardee late in August.
The names are forwarded to the Provost hosting the convocation for inclusion in the program and scripts.
The names are forwarded, along with the nominations, to the Office of University Relations for the development of a 100-200 word citation to be read at the convocation.
Copies of all nominations will be forwarded to the President’s Office to be kept on file, in a confidential manner, for two years.
Citations are to be reviewed by the awardee prior to the presentation by the respective Provost at the convocation ceremony. NOTE: Provost reads citation; President conveys award.
Recipients are encouraged to make a brief (50 words) statement of acceptance.
The first official public announcement of the awards is made at convocation. A follow-up is done within the context of the convocation story in the internal communications publication (Inside FDU).
University Relations Office may forward story to individual awardee local newspaper.
The Office of Human Resources reserves the right to periodically review the procedures and make recommendations to the Office of the President.