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.

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, based on 11 important criteria.

The nomination period was open from February 22-March 10, and is now closed. Harvard Heroes will be announced in late April. For more information about the Harvard Heroes process in your area, please refer to the chart below. 

If you work at...

More information is available 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)

Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD)

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

Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Please visit the HKS nomination page

Harvard University Health Services (HUHS)

Please contact Gaiel Thompson or 617-495-3022

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.