Zuckerberg Leadership Prize/Chair

The Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Award is designed to reward leaders of courage, conviction, and selflessness who have devoted their time and talent to helping the University of Massachusetts to accomplish its goals. Recognizing that leadership may be found anywhere, faculty, coaches, and staff of the University of Massachusetts are encouraged to apply. The award will alternate between a faculty member (when it is termed the chair) and a coach/staff member (when it is termed the prize).

The 2014 Roy J. Zuckerberg Leadership Chair has been awarded to Distinguished Professor Raymond S. Bradley, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst. Professor Bradley is the Director of the Climate Research Center and Co-Director of the Northeast Climate Science Center.

The Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Award equals $100,000 for two years. Each year, the awardee will receive $30,000 to support research, teaching or service linked to a demonstration of leadership and an award stipend of $20,000.
The recipient will be selected by a committee with representation from each campus and the president’s office. The committee will be chaired by the Provost of UMass Lowell.

The committee will grant awards to faculty or staff of exemplary character with the proven ability to lead others at the University in their field of research, in teaching, or in service to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its students. Awardees will have distinguished themselves through their leadership and commitment to the goals and mission of the University of Massachusetts, as well as public education more generally, especially in the impact they have had on the students of the University.

Examples of award activities might include: offering a conference in the awardee’s area of leadership expertise; educating and training others; buying necessary supplies and/or equipment to support a leadership endeavor; creating educational or promotional materials for sharing with others; working with a broader constituency inside or outside the University to engage the community.

Award Criteria

The Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Award has three primary aims:

  1. To foster leadership by rewarding faculty and staff of good character and high standards who have distinguished themselves in service to the University
  2. To encourage leadership by focusing attention upon leadership’s profound importance to the future of public higher education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  3. To celebrate service to the University by fostering dialogue among the University campuses about their shared mission, and further collaboration of their collective goals

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2014 Zuckerberg Chair Information and Application