The Order of Vandalia is West Virginia University’s highest honor for extraordinary service to the University. Nominees must be living and should be persons who have provided outstanding or distinguished service to West Virginia University over many years, either as a layperson or as a member of the university faculty or staff. No one can be inducted into the Order of Vandalia while serving on the West Virginia University Board of Governors, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, or while holding elected office. Faculty and staff will not be eligible for induction until the year following their retirement. Recognition cannot be posthumous.
A successful nomination packet should include the following:
- Nomination form/cover sheet
- Complete vitae of the individual
- Two (or more) letters of recommendation - they should be specific, detailed, and from sources who have first-hand knowledge or know the person well. The letters of nomination should define the characteristics consistent with our criteria that make the nominee's service truly special. Letters of recommendation should be in a sealed envelope, signed by the person who wrote the letter across the sealed flap.
- Other relevant materials (e.g. newspaper articles detailing achievement, documentation of their contributions over and above what is expected of them as a WVU employee, references to the nominee in the print that illustrate his/her contribution to a community or field)