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Governor's Awards

The nomination deadline has been extended to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

The state sponsored Governor’s Awards recognize and reward deserving employees and provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about the work state employees do every day on behalf of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Like other state agencies, Virginia Tech nominates university employees for this award when the Governor's Office sends out a request for nominations. There have been years in the past in which the Governor’s Office has not taken nominations. Submission of Virginia Tech nominations is dependent upon whether or not the Governor’s Office sends out this request. Virginia Tech’s nominees are selected by a committee of staff members and administrative and professional faculty members appointed by the president. 


The Governor’s Awards statewide program publicly recognizes outstanding employees for their hard work and dedication to the Commonwealth. Any state employee is eligible for nomination. Nominations are made by the employee’s agency. 

Virginia Tech selects one nominee in each category to send forward to the state-wide Governor’s Awards Committee (consisting of some members of the Governor’s Cabinet and select agency heads), which makes the final selection. 

During Virginia Public Service Week, employees will be publicly recognized for their hard work and dedication. The Governor’s Awards ceremony for the recipients of each award is typically held at the Executive Mansion. 

Award categories

Agency Star

The employees nominated typically have been recognized within the agency because of their contributions to the overall mission, objectives, and values of the agency. Because there is such great variation from agency to agency in employee recognition programs, we refer to them generically as “Stars.” For instance, an agency may select an “Employee of the Year,” as well as employees that best represent each of their agency values.

Career Achievement

The employee nominated has a record of consistent achievement over time that has significantly improved the efficiency and effectiveness of Commonwealth operations. For instance you may have an employee who has demonstrated personal achievement and is frequently called upon for advice because of his/her expertise and experience.

Community Service and Volunteerism

The nominated employee volunteers his/her own time in non-profit community activities or serves as the “extra pair of hands” in agency activities. For instance, you may have an employee who helps build a house for Habitat for Humanity or who coordinates your Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign at your agency.

Customer Service

The employee nominated consistently provides a level of service to solve the customer's problem; communicates effectively with customers about services, policies and procedures; and treats customers with dignity and respect. For instance, you may have an employee who has received a letter of commendation from the public about customer service, or you may have already identified a specific employee who has rendered outstanding customer service throughout the year.


The employee nominated produces results such as increased productivity, efficiencies, or cost savings through creativity and bright ideas that are implemented within the agency or state government. For instance, you may have an employee who has been recognized by the Employee Suggestion Program or who had a great idea for the productivity savings initiative.


The group of employees consistently exhibits the qualities that make teamwork essential to an agency’s success, including coordination of efforts to produce quality service or innovative results. As an example, an appropriate nomination would be a team that achieved substantial savings through re-engineering processes within an agency.

Workplace Safety and Health

The nominated employee leads the way in promoting a safe and healthy work environment, suggests workplace improvements, and promotes and supports the importance of a safe and healthy work environment. For instance, you may have an employee who consistently suggests workplace improvements to reduce the risk to other employees or someone who has done particularly well in identifying ways to reduce workers compensation claims in your agency.


Nominations may be submitted between July 1 and Feb. 1. The lengthy nomination period provides nominators with the opportunity to submit nominations after performance evaluations are completed each fall, when employee accomplishments are still top of mind. View the nomination guidelines and procedures.


Recipients are selected as the result of a two-tiered judging process by the Governor’s Awards Committee, which consists of some members of the Governor’s Cabinet and agency heads.


Recipients receive a $500 award and are honored at a reception hosted by the governor.

Please note: There have been years in the past in which the Governor’s Office has not taken nominations. Submission of Virginia Tech nominations is dependent upon whether or not the Governor’s Office sends out a request for nominations. 

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Nomination procedures

View nomination guidelines and procedures for the President's Award for Excellence and the state sponsored Governor's Awards.