The DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS were established in 1981 by the Faculty Council and since 1984 have been sponsored by the estate of John S. Perkins, who served the University for over fifty years in various capacities as faculty member, member of the administration, Trustee, and Treasurer. These awards, presented annually by the Council to three members of the Boston University family, are in recognition of distinguished services to the University. They carry a prize of $500 and a plaque recognizing the service of the recipient to Boston University.

Eligible are all associated with Boston University (Administration, Alumni, Benefactor, Staff, Students, Trustees, and others) except for members of the faculty, who through their elected representatives, will be presenting these awards to those who have served the University with great distinction and have made important contributions toward the goals of Boston University.

Current members of the Boston University faculty must nominate a non-faculty member of the BU community for this award. Letters of support may be submitted by any member of the Boston University community, or external persons with knowledge of the candidate’s service.

Nominate individual candidates only, please.  Nominations for groups or teams will not be reviewed by the Awards Committee.


1. A current BU faculty member must nominate the candidate. The nomination form will be available on January 29.

2. That same faculty member must arrange for letters of recommendation to be sent to the Faculty Council office via email ( or regular mail (1 Silber Way, Room 912, Boston, MA 02215).

3. All candidates must have a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of five (5) letters of support to be considered by the Committee.

4. Nominations and letters must be submitted to the Faculty Council by Thursday, February 29, 2024.

The winners will be announced via broadcast email and on the Faculty Council website in mid-April.

The award ceremony will be held on May 7, 2024 in the Metcalf Trustee Ballroom, 1 Silber Way, 9th Floor from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please email the Faculty Council office.

The Nomination Form for the Perkins Award will be open January 29-February 29, 2024.