Staff Council

Staff Awards

Mertins Leadership Award
Mertins Award

The award was developed with the support of former WVU President Neil Bucklew in 1994 and was announced as “Mertins Leadership Award for Staff Advocacy” in honor of Dr. Herman Mertins, Vice President for Administration and Finance from November 1981 through August 1995. Dr. Mertins was the first recipient of the award.

The Mertins Leadership Award was developed and implemented to recognize major administrators for their outstanding contribution to classified staff. On April 24, 1996, the initial ceremony was held at Stewart Hall. The award includes a framed certificate plus a crystal tower etched with the image of the sycamore tree located on the front lawn of Elizabeth Moore Hall.

Selection criteria for the award are as follows:

  1. Must be or have been a West Virginia University major administrator with a minimum of ten (10) years of service.
  2. Must have demonstrated consistent advocacy in the advancement of classified staff programs.
  3. Must have demonstrated significant pioneering activities that have advanced WVU Classified Staff through long-range enhancement of Classified Staff programs.

Staff Advocacy Award

The Staff Advocacy Award was implemented for the first time in 1997 to recognize the consistent dedication of a WVU Classified Staff member to the advancement of Classified Staff.

A framed certificate is awarded for this recognition.

Selection criteria for the award are as follows:

  1. Must be or have been a West Virginia University Classified Staff with a minimum of ten (10) years of service.
  2. Must have demonstrated consistent advocacy in the advancement of WVU Classified staff for a period of no less than five years.
  3. Current members of Staff Council, Advisory Council of Classified Employees, or Board of Advisors representatives are not eligible to be nominated for the award.

Mertins Leadership and Staff Advocacy Awards Nomination/Application Form