Each year, we recognize someone for
being a role model for excellence in leadership.
Nominations come from public, private, and government
organizations all over the world.
nominations are asked to explain how the nominee has met three
crucial criteria of leadership:
1. How has the nominee
demonstrated leadership by doing what others have not?
2. Who has benefitted from his or her leadership?
What have some of those benefits been?
to University of Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich, who
won the sixth annual Glenn Shepard Excellence in Leadership
Tom was nominated by Jack
Sauers, GM of the University of Louisville Golf Club.
The following is an excerpt from Jack’s submission:
“The most difficult part will be reducing the contributions
and accomplishments of our boss on paper. He came to the
University of Louisville in October of 1997 after serving as
Athletic Director at Northern Arizona University and then
Colorado State University. His upgrades of all facilities for
both men and women have transformed the landscape of downtown
Louisville. His reputation around the area is beyond reproach
and explains why he is the second highest paid Athletic Director
in the country. He is a coach’s best friend. He supports his
players, but stands firmly behind his coaches and gives them the
opportunity to succeed. So many have benefited from his
leadership including but not limited to the following:
• The City of Louisville
• The Commonweatlh (state) of
• Jefferson County, KY
• The University
• The University of Louisville
Alumni and other Cardinal Sports Fans
• All area hospitality
The growth of Cardinal athletics has led to
more recognition for the school, city and state. Through his
equal focus on both women’s and men’s athletics there has been a
growth in athletic participation in all sports. Recently, the
University of Louisville was named in the top 3 of all NCAA
Division 1 athletics. This is an ultimate measure of the success
of our leader.”
Congratulations to Tom on this
well-deserved honor, and to Jack for writing such an excellent
In addition to the actual trophy, Tom
received a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 to commemorate his
To Your Success,
Nominations for the 2016 award will open soon. As we wrap up
2015, now is the perfect time to start thinking about who you’d
like to nominate.
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