There are few honors greater than being respected, admired and honored by one’s peers.
George Burris, director of off-campus housing, recently found that out.
Burris was presented with the highest honor the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) bestows — the Robert F. Newton Award for Distinguished Service — Nov. 2 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
In his 25 years as a NACAS member, Burris has served as president of NACAS Central, regional and national conference chair, and president of NACAS, among his many other leadership roles. He currently is president of the NACAS Education Foundation.
Since joining the association, he has never failed to attend a national annual conference.
“On his own campus, George has always been a wonderful representative of NACAS and has had many difficult assignments … ” said Bradley University’s Ken Goldin, who delivered an introduction outlining the significance of the award and his reasons for nominating Burris.
“George is known throughout our organization as a person on whom you can always count, a person who gives great advice, and a person to whom you can always go to when you need help.”
The Newton award recognizes an individual who has:
• Displayed extraordinary and outstanding service to NACAS and to the profession;
• Has contributed over a minimum period of five years to the cumulative knowledge and stature of the profession;
• Has promoted the auxiliary-services profession through NACAS and/or the regional associations in an ongoing fashion, establishing himself or herself as an effective leader within the auxiliary-services field and serving as an example to others in the profession; and
• Has provided significant contributions to NACAS through committee assignments, chairing committees, and/or service on the national or regional boards.
Other contributions, such as awards received, literary credits to the profession are also considered in the selection process.
The NACAS was established in 1969 and is the largest nonprofit association for support services in higher education. It comprises more than 1,100 colleges and universities across North America, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and parts of Asia.