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Kenneth M. Cuthbertson Award

For Exceptional Service to Stanford University

The Kenneth M. Cuthbertson Award recognizes exceptional contributions of all types to Stanford University. The Award, which is open to all members of the Stanford community, is to recognize extraordinary contributions to the achievement of the goals of the University. Such contributions might be, for example, unusually distinguished service to the University, uncommon ingenuity in meeting University objectives, or exceptional intelligence, diligence, and sensitivity in discharging responsibilities. Ordinarily, one award is made each year.

2020-21 winners of the Cuthbertson Award

Jan Barker-Alexander, Assistant Vice Provost for Inclusion and Community, and Executive Director of the Centers for Equity, Community, and Leadership & Offices of First Generation and/or Low-Income Programs and Military Affiliated Communities, and Resident Fellow, Ujamaa House
Thomas Fenner, Deputy General Counsel

Past winners of the Cuthbertson Award:


Sue Crutcher, Associate Dean for human resources and faculty affairs in the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences
William S. Talbot, a Professor of developmental biology who served as Senior Associate Dean for graduate education and postdoctoral affairs in the School of Medicine from September 2015 through August 2020


Maggie Burgett, Project Executive, Land, Buildings and Real Estate (LBRE)
Patricia J. Gumport, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs and Professor of Education


Ann Arvin, Lucile Salter Packard Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, and Vice Provost and Dean of Research


Jeff Wachtel, Executive Director of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program


Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and Professor, by courtesy, of Sociology and of Political Science

Michael A. Keller, Ida M. Green University Librarian, Director of Academic Information Resources, Founder of HighWire Press, and Publisher of the Stanford University Press

Robert D. Simoni, Donald Kennedy Chair in the School of Humanities and Sciences and Professor of Biology

Larry N. Horton, Senior Associate Vice President for Government & Community Relations

Sally Dickson, Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs
John Pearson, Director, Bechtel International Center

Valerie Kiszka, Student Services Manager, Biology

John Bravman, Freeman-Thornton Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Bing Centennial Professor of Materials
Science and Engineering
H. Craig Heller, Lorry I. Lokey/Business Wire Professor of Biology

Charles Junkerman, Associate Provost and Dean of Continuing Studies, Master of Liberal Arts Program, and Summer Session
Arthur Bienenstock, Special Assistant to the President for Federal Research Policy and Professor at SSRL and of Materials Science & Engineering and of Applied Physics

Nona Chiariello, Research Coordinator, Jasper Ridge

Christine Griffith, Associate Dean, Office of Graduate Life

Timothy R. Warner, Vice Provost for Budget and Auxiliaries Management

Lois Wagner, Director, University Events/Lively Arts

Carolyn Manning, Vice President of the Stanford Alumni Association

Margaret J. Kimball, University Archivist, Stanford Libraries
Charles H. Kruger, Vice Provost and Dean of Research and Graduate Policy, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Carole Buffum, Executive Director of Finance and Administration, School of Medicine
Dick Gould, Head Coach, Men’s Tennis

Margaret Ann Fidler, Associate Vice Provost for Administration, Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs
John Ford, Vice President for Development, Office of Development

Perry Everett, Financial Manager and Controller, School of Medicine
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Professor of French and Italian

Michael Hudnall, Deputy General Counsel

Mark Zoback, Geophysics (and Chair, Committee of 15)

Michael Cowan, Associate Dean for Administration, School of Medicine

Mona Duggan, Associate Director External Relations, Museum of Art

Iris Brest, Associate General Counsel Emerita

Patricia Devaney, Associate Dean of Research
Marvin Herrington, Director of Public Safety

Alan Grundman, Administrative Director, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
Ann Elizabeth Rafferty, Undergraduate Assistant, Political Science

James Knox, Curator of British and American History, Green Library
Stephen Peeps, Associate Vice President for Development

Karlene Dickey, Associate Dean, Graduate Division
Robert Sumner, Mechanical Technician/Electrician, Electrical Engineering Research

Ruby Mason and Verity Powell, Pre-professional Advisors at the Undergraduate Advising Center

Mary Sevilla, Head of Loan Division, Green Library

Rod Adams, Treasurer of the University
Clara Bush, Academic Secretary to the University

William Stone, Director of the Alumni Association

William Cleveland, Audio Visual Coordinator

Gerald Lieberman, Vice Provost, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Professor in Operations Research and Statistics
Maurine Buma, Accounting Officer Controller's Office

Lyle Nelson, Professor in Communication

Robert W. Beyers, Director of News Service

Raymond F. Bacchetti, Vice Provost for Management & Director of University Budgets

First Presentation 1980-81:
Kenneth Cuthbertson, Vice President for Development