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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:

  1. Nomination form/cover sheet.
  2. Curriculum vitae of the individual being nominated
  3. Two 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 across the sealed flap by the author of the letter.
  4. 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). 
Documentation should be submitted electronically or in paper format, except for letters of recommendation which should only be submitted in their signed/sealed envelopes. CDs, thumb/flash drives, video links, etc. will not be accepted.

Nomination packets must be received by December 30, 2022 for consideration for the Fall 2023 induction ceremony. Incomplete nomination packets will not be considered but may be carried forward to the following year at the discretion
of the selection committee and pending receipt of missing documentation.

Please remember to keep all nominations confidential since individuals nominated may not be selected. Nominees and nominators will be notified of the success of their nomination by end of February 2023.

Mail completed nomination packets to:

West Virginia University
Office of University Events
Attn: Order of Vandalia Selection Committee
PO Box 6677
1505 University Avenue | Purinton House 3rd FL
Morgantown, WV 26506-6677

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