Omtvedt Innovation Award

In recognition of outstanding employees who demonstrate servant leadership in a way that inspires collaboration and excellence, and elevates the performance of others.

About: The Omtvedt Servant Leader Award is made possible by Leone and the late Neal Harlan, great friends of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, in honor of Dr. Irv Omtvedt and his distinguished career at the University of Nebraska.  The Harlans had the vision and foresight to realize the importance of recognizing and supporting outstanding and innovative work in the Institute.  The award recognizes staff members within IANR for their excellence, leadership, and dedication.

Award: $1000

Eligibility: Full time IANR employees in office/service or managerial/professional roles. Employee cannot be on corrective probation.

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Nomination Instructions

The full nomination packet should be submitted electronically via "NOMINATION FORM" link below and include;

  • Letter of recommendation; The nomination packet must include a letter of recommendation from the nominator.  The letter should include a detailed description of the qualities which make your nominee deserving of the award, including specific examples and quotes from colleagues when available. 
  • A current position description

Nominations can be made by anyone, however, the nomination will be submitted through and approved by the unit administrator. All nominations are due October 1 .


Past Awardees

Omtvedt Servant Leader Award
2020 Leann Galusha Biochemistry
2019 Sarah Plautz Biological Systems Engineering
2018 Jeff Golus West Central Research and Extension Center
2017 Jeffrey Perkins Animal Science
2016 Debra DeWald AVE Business Center
2016 Wanda Bowder Food Science & Technology
2016 Allen Specht Business Center
2016 Rosalee Swartz Agricultural Economics
2015 Clyde Naber Animal Science
2015 Judy Rastede Northeast Research & Extension Center
2015 Roger Wilson Agricultural Economics
2014 David Althouse South Central Agricultural Laboratory
2014 Linda Arnold IANR Vice Chancellor's Office
2014 Vicky Kobes Animal Science
2014 Charlene Wendt Agronomy & Horticulture
2013 Bob Klein West Central Research & Extension Center
2012 Barry Shull IANR Vice Chancellor's Office