Knecht Award

The Dzidra J. Knecht Staff Award for Distinguished Service to the Boston University School of Public Health is the highest award for school service that can be given to a staff person at SPH. It is named in honor of Dzidra J. Knecht, the School’s first Associate Dean for Administration, who spent 30 years working for the University, 20 of them at the School of Public Health, until her retirement in September of 2002.

The Knecht Award is presented annually to a staff person who has made outstanding and sustained contributions to the administrative functioning of their department, therefore to the School of Public Health. For the purposes of this award, administrative function is broadly defined to include superior performance in tasks associated with the job description of the position occupied, innovation and creativity of such performance, and commitment to the accomplishment of that same administrative function.

The award is presented annually at the School of Public Health Transition Event for Faculty and Staff. The awardee will receive a silver bowl to commemorate receipt of the award and will also receive a cash prize of $1,000.00. The awardee’s name will be engraved on the Knecht Award tray that is on permanent display in the School’s Founders Room.

The primary purpose of the Knecht Award is to recognize contributions by the School of Public Health staff. All staff members of the School are eligible for this award, including full-time and part-time staff.

The Award may be given more than once to the same individual, but at least five years must have passed since the prior award.

The award may be given to an individual who has retired from the School of Public Health within the previous 12 months.

There are formal procedures in place to select the Knecht Award winner. These procedures may be revised from time to time, as needed.