Omtvedt Innovation Award

In recognition of outstanding leaders with ability to serve, inspire, and collaborate.

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.  This award recognizes staff members within the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources for their excellence, leadership, and dedication.  

Award: $1000

Eligibility: Full time IANR employees in office/service or managerial/professional roles who consistently demonstrate the ability to lead, service, inspire, and collaborate.

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Nomination Instructions

Full nomination packet should be submitted electronically by Unit Administrator to the IANR Vice Chancellor's office in care of Jessie Brophy at jbrophy3@unl.edu 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 must be submitted through and approved by the unit administrator. All nominations are due October 2.

  • Submit nomination packet to unit administrator
  • Administrator is to electronically forward materials, as one pdf document, to the Vice Chancellor's office in care of Jessie Brophy at jbrophy3@unl.edu
  • Each nomination is reviewed annually by IANR Staff Awards Committee
  • One or more Omtvedt Servant Leader Awards will be selected annually
  • Contact the IANR Vice Channcellor's Office at 402-472-7080 for questions regarding the nomination process.

Past Awardees

Omtvedt Servant Leader Award
YEARRECIPIENTDepartment
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