ASPA Hampton Roads 2021 Service and Scholarship Awards

In honor of Public Service Recognition Week, May 2-8, 2021, the Hampton Roads Chapter of ASPA is proud to announce those recognized by the Chapter in 2021.

— Julian F. Hirst Award for Distinguished Service —

Paul Long, Dean, Public Safety, Allied Health and Human Services, Thomas Nelson Community College, is recognized with the Julian F. Hirst Award for Distinguished Service. He has been recognized for a lengthy, distinguished career in local emergency service delivery and his continuing commitment to public safety education. Most recently, this was exemplified by his supportive, encouraging, flexible leadership in addressing pandemic-related challenges to the faculty, staff, and students at Thomas Nelson Community College.  

 — Dr. Wolfgang Pindur Award for Distinguished Service in Academia and Practice —

Celeste Greene, Associate Professor, School of Professional and Continuing Studies, University of Virginia, is recognized with the Dr. Wolfgang Pindur Award for Distinguished Service in Academia and Practice.  Her long-term research agenda reflects a passion for environmental justice, exploring ways to bridge academia and practice to address a challenge which has a disparate impact on marginalized groups within our communities. Addressing these challenges will benefit not only these marginalized groups, but everyone with the community as well.

— Outstanding Public Employee in Hampton Roads —

Carmela Gregorio, Storekeeper, Out-of-School Time Programs, Department of Parks & Recreation, City of Virginia Beach is recognized as the Outstanding Public Employee in Hampton Roads. Too often, the effort of front-line employees goes unnoticed, and therefore unheralded. She is being recognized for her continuing performance excellence, and notably for her dedicated efforts to provide critical support to maintaining quality services to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

— Hampton Roads ASPA Chapter Academic Scholarship for Studies in Public Administration —

Tihara Richardson, doctoral student in public administration and policy at Old Dominion University is awarded an academic scholarship to support her studies in public administration. The award recognizes her past professional service and her engagement with the Chapter and other professional organizations, supporting her continued studies in fields such as emergency management, community resilience, and social justice.

The Chapter wishes to thank all those who submitted nominations, those Chapter members who served on review committees, and most especially those recognized by Chapter for their passion for public service, seeking to provide a higher quality of life for everyone in the Hampton Roads region.

ASPA Hampton Roads 2020 Awards

The Hampton Roads (Virginia) Chapter of ASPA has recognized an outstanding practitioner, a distinguished scholar, and a public administration student during the 2020 program year.

Bill Burket, Director, Marine Incident Response Team/Emergency Operations, Virginia Port Authority, Norfolk, VA

  • The JULIAN F. HIRST AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE is awarded to a Hampton Roads public administrator with a distinguished record of public service. The award is named after Julian F. Hirst, who served as City Manager of Norfolk from 1975 until retirement in 1985. His role as Executive Director of the Virginia Municipal League further enriched his public administration career.

Mr. Burket was recognized for his dedication to increasing port safety in the Port of Virginia. Beginning in 1984, he began to develop a collaborative approach to preparing for and responding to maritime emergencies in Hampton Roads, one of the largest commercial ports on the East Coast. Incrementally building relationships and garnering support from many organizations, his efforts directly contributed to the groundswell development of the Virginia Port Authority’s Marine Incident Response Team, which now includes nearly a score of participating local, state, and federal agencies, as well as private sector organizations. His long-term passion and persistence have contributed to increased safety in the port, supporting both a higher quality of life for the region’s communities, as well as a more robust economic engine for the region.

Mary B. Manjikian, Professor, Associate Dean, Robertson School of Government, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA

  • 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.

Dr. Manjikian was recognized for a distinguished academic career, which continues through today. She has published five scholarly books on topics such as cyber-security and international affairs, written five book chapters, and published seven scholarly articles. Dr. Manjikian is a scholar-practitioner, with distinguished public service supporting her scholarly pursuits, 

including service as a Foreign Service Officer in Russia and Bulgaria, and as the Director of the International Programs for the Center for Excellence in Education. Her influence as a scholar and her quality as a faculty member is validated by her receipt of prestigious external awards and positions including the Regent’s Fellowship at the University of Michigan, Short Term Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Nagel Institute Professional Development Program on Religion in China, and a Fulbright Research Scholar award at the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, Great Britain.

Her distinguished and lengthy service seeking to bridge the gap between academia and practice, her commitment to democratic ideals, and her passion for seeking to develop and sustain high-levels of responsive public service are to be commended.

Taiwo Oguntuyo, Doctoral Candidate, Public Administration and Policy, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

  • The Hampton Roads ASPA Chapter Student Scholarship recognizes the potential for individual excellence in public service through scholarship and practice.

Ms. Oguntuyo is a Graduate Research Assistant at Old Dominion University, and currently serves as the Secretary to the Hampton Roads Chapter of ASPA. Her previous professional experience includes that of Director of Operation for the Feed the Gifted Nonprofit Foundation (OFTG), Nigeria, and as a Research Assistant engaging in Coastal SEES Collaborative Research: Sustainability of Chesapeake Bay Shorescapes. She has been an active, volunteer participant in university and community activities. She is currently interested in diversity, responsive governance, and environmental justice. We wish her the best of fortune in her academic and professional endeavors.

2015 ASPA Hampton Roads Awards Luncheon

The Annual Awards Luncheon – during Public Service Recognition Week – was on May 7th from 11:30 to 1:00 PM at the Holiday Inn Select Norfolk at 1570 North Military Highway. It was with great pleasure and honor that ASPAHR announced this year’s public service awards. ASPAHR presented the Julian F. Hirst Award for Distinguished Service in public administration, the Dr. Wolfgang Pindur Award for Service in Academia and Practice, the George Robert House, Jr. Award for Outstanding Service, and the ASPA HR student scholarship. This year’s recipients are well-deserving and are an impressive group of individuals.

2015 Annual Awards Winners

  • JJames Rogers - Hirst 2015ULIAN F. HIRST AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE: James Rogers – Director, Neighborhood Development, City of Norfolk
  • Susan Perry - House 2015GEORGE ROBERT HOUSE, JR. AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE: Susan White Perry – Management Analyst III, City of Norfolk
  • Melinda Da Silva Matos Scholarship 2015ASPA HR STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: Melina de Silva Matos, Old Dominion University

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Public Service Awards Luncheon

In honor of Public Service Week, the Annual Public Service Awards Luncheon was held on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Select Norfolk, 1570 N. Military Highway, Norfolk, VA.


Julian F. Hirst Award for Distinguished Public Service
Marcus D. Jones, Norfolk City Manager

Dr. Wolfgang Pindur Award for Distinguished Service in Academia and Practice
Dr. John C. Morris, Old Dominion University

Student Scholarship Award
Michael Thompson, Old Dominion University

Annual Public Service Awards Luncheon

The Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration invites you to attend the Annual Public Service Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 10, 2012 (2012 Awards Luncheon Flyer) at the Holiday Inn Select Norfolk (Google Maps).

Registration and Networking: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lunch and Recognition Program: 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

***** Event Registration – $25 Students – $30.00 Members & Guests. Register now (click to go to registration site)! ***** Online registration closes on Thursday at 10:00 AM.

Payment options include Credit Card (on-line) or by cash/check at the door. All attendees must register in advance. No shows will be billed.


Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D.
ASPA District 2 Representative
Professor & Executive Director, Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University


Julian F. Hirst for Distinguished Public Service
Robert (Bob) M. Dyer, Ph.D. Councilman, City of Virginia Beach and Assistant Dean, Regent University

Dr. Wolfgang Pindur Award for Distinguished Service in Academia and Practice
Wie Yusuf, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Studies and Public Administration, Old Dominion University

Student Scholarship Award
Katharine Neill, Ph.D. Student, Old Dominion University

ASPA HR Chapter Annual Scholarship Award

ASPA HR would like to announce that Katharine Neill has received the 2012 scholarship!

Katharine is currently an ODU Doctoral Student in Public Administration and Urban Policy. She is also a graduate teaching assistant at ODU. Katharine aspires “to serve the public by becoming a teacher and researcher.”

The committee was very impressed with Katharine’s work experience and civic activities as well as her essay on “ My Commitment to Public Service.”