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PREMIER LEADERSHIP AWARD

The 2022 recipient will be announced November 11
at TABS Annual Conference in Washington DC

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PREMIER LEADERSHIP AWARD

Susan Nelson

2022 Ruzicka Compass Recipient

Ruzicka Compass

Premier Leadership Award

The Ruzicka Compass Premier Leadership Award recognizes extraordinary contributions to the excellence, advancement, and success of boarding schools.

A steadying influence, rich with vision, and always true, even in turbulent times, Steve’s leadership likewise enabled great voyages for so many boarding schools, and for the leaders, educators, and families who live and serve in these remarkable communities.

The Award itself, an elegant, handcrafted artisan box with an inlaid compass, is presented on behalf of TABS’ Board of Directors to one individual each year at TABS Annual Conference. A larger, compass-themed plaque, bearing the names of each annual recipient, is maintained at TABS offices.

CRITERIA & NOMINATIONS

2023 Nominations will open on November 11, 2022

You can help TABS pay tribute to those who chart courses of inspiration, commitment and integrity on behalf of boarding schools. If you know a colleague who embodies these characteristics, and has made extraordinary contributions to boarding education, consider nominating him or her for the 2021 Ruzicka Compass.

THE SUCCESSFUL NOMINEE WILL HAVE:

  • Worked in, on behalf of, or for the benefit of TABS member schools for an extended period of time
  • Exemplified a spirit of vocation, a devotion to service, and a gift for leadership
  • As a person and as a professional, modeled inspiration, commitment, and integrity
  • Beyond assisting his or her own school, made a marked contribution to the effectiveness, success, and future of boarding schools

To nominate a colleague, please be prepared to provide the following information:

  • General Information about the Nominator
  • General information about yourself (contact information)
  • General information about the nominee (Contact information and status – working/retired)
  • Nominee’s current professional information, if applicable (Employer, Title/Position)
  • Work history: last 3 jobs, years of service, employer, role
  • Supporting statement for nominee – (150 to 500 words)
  • Three references, including contact information

Be Inspired

PAST RECIPIENTS

2021

Barbara Landis Chase

2020

F. Robertson Hershey

2019

Drew Castertano

2018

Michael Mulligan

2017

Burch Ford

2016

Wanda Hill

2015

Henry (Skip) Flanagan

2014

David Hadden

2013

John R. Eidam

2011

Ellie Griffin

2010

Mary Louise Leipheimer

2009

Tom Wilcox

2008

Family of Stephen Ruzicka