Each year, the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration recognizes individuals for outstanding achievement in the practice or study of public administration.
Please see the Scholarship section for the Awards and the Scholarship Announcement and forms.
The JULIAN F. HIRST AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE is awarded to a Hampton Roads public administrator who is 40 years old or older and best exemplifies the criteria set forth for distinguished service in public administration. The award is named after Julian F. Hirst, who served as City Manager of Norfolk from 1975 until retirement in 1985. He also served as city manager for Martinsville and Roanoke and as Town Manager for Pearisburg and Pulaski. His role as Executive Director of the Virginia Municipal League further enriched his public administration career.
The GEORGE ROBERT HOUSE, JR. AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE will be awarded to a Hampton Roads public administrator who is less than 40 years of age and has demonstrated the key characteristics outlined in the award criteria. The award is named after George Robert House, Jr. who served as City Manager of Bedford, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk and Portsmouth in addition to two managerial posts in North Carolina. He was tragically killed in an airplane crash in 1982. The recipients of the Hirst and House awards must meet the following criteria:
- Record of outstanding performance in public service.
- Unusual leadership, creativity, integrity, and response to challenge.
- Dedication to democratic ideals.
- Sensitivity to the need to adapt government to changing problems.
- Commitment to professionalism and development of useful skills.
The DR. WOLFGANG PINDUR AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE IN ACADEMIA AND PRACTICE is awarded to a Hampton Roads academic, recognizing outstanding service in the area of public administration education. The award honors Dr. Wolfgang Pindur, an academic whose lifelong efforts sought to bridge the worlds of the academic and the practitioner, seeking to continuously increase the effectiveness and efficiency of public services. The recipients for this award must meet the following criteria:
- Record of outstanding performance in public service research or education.
- Commitment to linking the academic world to the world of practitioners.
- Dedication to the democratic ideals.
- Dedication to conducting research that will directly benefit the public.