The Robert F. Banks Award for Institutional Leadership is designed to recognize the commitment and dedication that MSU faculty, academic staff and support staff leaders demonstrate by their extraordinary and sustained efforts. The award was established in honor and recognition of Dr. Robert F. Banks for his 40 years of service to Michigan State University, including seven years as Dean of James Madison College and 28 years as Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Human Resources.


Final selection of the Institutional Leadership Award will be made by the Provost based on recommendations
made by a broadly representative All-University Awards Committee appointed by the President.
The All-University Awards Committee will review and evaluate nominations based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated general vision for change that is advanced in a context of University values. 
  • Evidence of exceptional, sustained leadership in advancing the University’s core values of quality,
    inclusiveness and connectivity. 
  • Evidence of fostering partnerships and sharing knowledge across academic and administrative channels. 
  • Evidence of commitment to University governance which advances priorities in support of the
    institutional mission. 
  • Evidence of leadership that results in effective solutions that respect and incorporate the University’s
  • Advancing leadership by example; mentoring and support of colleagues and nurturing emerging leaders. 
  • Demonstrated professional service to others above self both within MSU and the community. 
  • Demonstrated honesty and integrity, ethical and moral leadership.
  • Evidence of respect and caring for others.


All members of the MSU community, including faculty, academic staff, support staff, and students, may submit nominations directly to the Office of the Provost by sending to Katie Rundblad at rundblad@msu.edu by October 21, 2022.  Additional nomination instructions can be found at the Robert F. Banks Award.