Harvard Heroes Program

Harvard Heroes

Harvard Heroes 2017

Now in its sixth year as a University-wide recognition program, Harvard Heroes celebrates the accomplishments of Harvard staff whose work supports the mission of Harvard at the highest levels of contribution, impact and excellence.

This year’s Harvard Heroes awards ceremony, hosted by President Drew G. Faust, will be held:

Monday, June 5, 3:30 p.m.
Memorial Hall, Sanders Theatre
Reception to follow at Annenberg Hall (next to Sanders Theatre)

All employees are invited and no tickets are needed.

What is Harvard Heroes?

Harvard staff members contribute vitally to Harvard’s excellence. Staff contributions include building and maintaining a vast infrastructure (technical, financial, physical and human) upon which the academic enterprise relies.

Harvard Heroes is an annual program held every spring that recognizes and celebrates high-performing staff from across every School and the Central Administration. These staff members have been nominated and/or selected by their peers and departments for their leadership, teamwork, adaptability, innovation and exceptional contributions.

All employees are invited to attend the awards ceremony and reception, but first we need your help to identify the Heroes among us!

Nominations Are Open February 22 to March 10

Being named a Harvard Hero is an honor of high distinction – only about 60 Heroes, or ½ of 1% of eligible staff, will be named. We need your help to make sure we find and recognize the staff Heroes at Harvard. Please review the nomination criteria and nominate your Harvard Hero, now through March 10.

Beginning this year, the form will enable multiple nominators to submit a single nomination jointly. As always, selection committees look at quality and merit rather than the quantity of nominations received for a single person, so collaborating on one strong nomination is encouraged.  In a similar vein, a strong nomination from a single nominator will be given the same consideration as one from several nominators.

To be eligible to be nominated, staff must be administrative/professional, support or hourly employees with at least one year of “benefits-eligible” service. Harvard coaches in the “other academic” group are also eligible. Please note that Harvard Heroes recognizes outstanding individuals, not teams. Heroes does not provide posthumous recognition.

The nomination process varies by school/unit. Refer to the chart below or contact your local Heroes coordinator to learn about the process in your area. (see the Fact Sheet for more information.)

If you wish to nominate an employee who works at...


  • Central Administration (except HUHS)
  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS)
  • Harvard Business School (HBS)
  • Harvard Divinity School
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE)
  • Harvard Law School (HLS)
  • Harvard Longwood Campus (HMS, HSDM, CSPH)
  • Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)
  • Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (RIAS)

Faculty and staff members in these schools and units can make a nomination using this easy online form

Nominations will be accepted through March 10, 2017.


Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD)

Please email Lisa Plosker or visit GSD’s Recognition page for more information

Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

To submit a nomination please visit the HKS nomination page

Harvard University Health Services (HUHS)

Please contact Gaiel Thompson or 617-495-3022

If you are using the online nomination form and have questions...

Central Administration (except HUHS): Email CADMRecognition@harvard.edu

FAS: FAS Rewards and Recognition

HBS: Contact HBS Human Resources for more information or visit the Rewards and Recognition page on the HBS HR Intranet

Harvard Divinity School: Please email Annmarie Allen

HGSE: Please email edstars@gse.harvard.edu or email Maureen Donahue. Find information on HGSE’s HR page

HLS: Please email Katie Grinna or visit the HLS Harvard Heroes page for information

Harvard Longwood Campus (HMS/HSDM/CSPH): Please email Susanna Katsman

SEAS: Please visit Staff Recognition Awards at SEAS

Radcliffe: Please email hr@radcliffe.harvard.edu or call 617-496-0074

2016 Harvard Heroes

Congratulations to the 63 outstanding Harvard staff members from across the University who were recognized as 2016 Harvard Heroes. They were celebrated for their extraordinary “above and beyond” contributions at an awards ceremony, hosted by President Drew Faust on June 6, 2016, and attended by a full house of family, friends and colleagues. You’ve invited to view photos of the ceremony and reception and the videos “What Makes a Hero” and “Harvard Heroes 2016: In Their Own Words,” both featuring 2016 Heroes. Read about the Award Ceremony in the Harvard Gazette.