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The ASHS Outstanding Leadership and Administration Award recognizes sustained outstanding and effective leadership and administration contributing to the progress of professional horticulture and having impact at the regional or national level. The award should recognize and promote interest and appreciation for sustained careers with superior leadership and administration for the improvement of horticultural science. 

Established in 2019.


ASHS encourages excellence in leadership and administration. The award recognizes distinguished contributions in horticultural science for 10 or more years.

The nominee must be a Member of ASHS and actively working; i.e., a substantial portion of the nominee’s current effort is involved in horticultural activity regardless of the nominee’s employment. The nominee may not be a previous recipient of the award.

Nominees should be an administrator and leader at an institution, agency or company who currently is active; who is or was an administrator of horticulture units of research scientists, teachers, consultants, or extension personnel with at least half of the staff having a position description that addresses horticultural specialty crop commodities. To be eligible, nominees should have served in significant leadership or administrative positions for at least 10 years.  Eligible administrative titles include college or university department heads or chairs, college of agriculture level administrators (dean, director), university level administrators, federal or state program leaders, botanical and arboreta directors, horticultural industries/businesses senior officers or directors. 

Recognition at the institutional/agency or regional level for significant sustained leadership, management, and administrative work contributes to a nomination. 

The nominee should have demonstrated a sustained career or time of leadership and administrative support that resulted in substantial progress for the horticultural profession and promotion of horticulture, and/or has enhanced the status of the horticultural unit, agency, institution, or horticultural businesses or industries based on research, teaching, and extension and outreach accomplishments such as through publications, grants, undergraduate and graduate programs, extension, consulting or outreach programs, participation in national horticulture activities and the ASHS, and other service to advance horticulture. The selection committee should consider the involvement and service of a department’s, college’s, university’s, agency’s, businesses’, etc., faculty and staff in the American Society for Horticultural Science and the nominee’s support for that involvement and service. 

Nominations can be made beyond this scope and will be evaluated for eligibility on a case-by-case basis. 

This is a career achievement award and can be awarded to any given individual only once.

Nominators must be members of ASHS.

Selection committees recommend recipients for each award. The final selection is made by the ASHS Awards Committee. Recipients receive plaques during the annual Awards Ceremony; there is no monetary stipend.


The nomination process includes the following:

1) Nominee's curriculum vitae.

2) A brief (not to exceed 500 words) letter indicating the reason for nominating this individual. This letter should identify the major contributions on which the nomination is based and explain why the nominee is especially qualified to receive this award. 

3) Three to five letters of support, including at least one from another institution. Letters of support may be obtained from administrators supervising the nominee. Letters of support from outside of the institution, agency, or business to support the impact of leadership and administration on professional horticulture.  

4) Nominees not selected for the award in the year of the initial nomination are kept on file for automatic consideration again the next year, without requiring renomination. At the time for the Call for Nominations each year, nominators of previous unsuccessful nominations have the option of updating and resubmitting their earlier nominations. 

The deadline for all nominations is February 4.

Please complete the form below to nominate someone for this award. Please have all requirements ready in order to submit the application in full. You are not able to access an incomplete application at a later time.


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