The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University honored its faculty and staff Friday, November 13, at an annual ceremony in the Presidential Library Auditorium. Dean Ryan Crocker presided over the event, praising the faculty and staff for their hard work and dedication to the mission of the Bush School.
Larry Napper, senior lecturer at the Bush School, was awarded the Association of Former Students (AFS) College Level Teaching Award. The AFS Teaching Award recognizes, encourages, and rewards superior classroom teachers who maintain high expectations for their students and ensure academic rigor in their courses. The award was given on behalf of AFS by Michael Hardy, a 2013 graduate of the Bush School who currently serves as director of strategic engagement at AFS.
Richard Mac Namee received the Bush Foundation’s Bush Faculty Excellence Award, which recognizes faculty members whose teaching, research, and public service contributions have enhanced the School’s mission and its recognition as a leading school of public affairs. Fred McClure, CEO of the Bush Foundation, delivered the award on behalf of the Foundation.
Two members of the Bush School faculty and staff were recognized for their many years of service. Dr. Charles Hermann, professor and Brent Scowcroft chair in international policy studies, was recognized for his twenty years of service; and Cindy Raisor, director of the Bush School Writing Program, was recognized for her twenty-five years of service. Staff members Mike Cochran and Jo Williams received the Outstanding Staff Recognition Award, which seeks to recognize outstanding staff members for their dedication, enthusiasm, accomplishments, and contributions to the School.
“One of the greatest assets of the Bush School is our faculty and staff and the hard work they put in each year,” said Dean Crocker. “Their commitment to excellence is what helps the Bush School continue to be a premiere institution educating leaders in public service.”