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Program Overview


In 2002 when the Office of Human Resources conducted nine focus groups across campus, "recognition and rewards" was in the top ten items named by both Administrative and Support Staff employees. A task force was formed to determine what the University is already doing as well as what our sister institutions, the City of Jacksonville, and local corporations are doing.

  • Research shows that employee rewards and recognition are motivating mechanisms in the workplace.
  • These programs provide tangible or intangible rewards to recognize excellence and to encourage continued high performance standards.
  • In the U.S. more than $25 billion annually is dedicated to rewarding positive behavior in the nation's workforce. This expenditure on rewards programs is viewed by most as an investment.
  • Improved individual performance aggregates into enhanced organizational performance.


The overall coordination of the Presidential Excellence Awards Program is handled by the University's Presidential Recognition & Rewards Committee, which is appointed by the UNF President. The Committee is comprised of at least three Administrative staff, at least three Support staff and a representative from the Office of Human Resources. Review the Presidential Awards Committee Handbook for additional information.

Other forms of UNF recognition

  • Annual UNF Service Recognition Awards Luncheon
  • Enrollment Services: Spirit Award; Employee Excellence Award; Osprey Excellence Award
  • University Police Department: Employee of the Quarter and Employee of the Year
  • Student Affairs: various recognition initiatives
  • Physical Facilities: National Custodian Week — Breakfast event for all custodians.
  • Administrative: GABOR Award
  • Support: GABOR Award
  • Susan B. Anthony Award (Women's Center)