Spirit and Purpose of the Award

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents seeks to recognize distinguished alumni and friends for outstanding achievements in their professional lives, personal integrity and stature, and dedicated service to a University System of Georgia institution.


The individual must be a person of such integrity, stature, and proven ability that the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the University System of Georgia will take pride in and be inspired by their recognition. Nominees need not be graduates of an institution of the University System of Georgia, but must demonstrate a care for and commitment to higher education in Georgia that inspires others.

The following shall not normally be considered for the Award:

  • An active member of the Governing Boards, Faculty, or Staff of the University System of Georgia
  • A deceased person

Recipients will be selected in each of the following four categories:

  • Research Institutions
  • Comprehensive Universities
  • State Universities
  • State Colleges

Here is a list of past award recipients. 2020Listof_AF_Honorees.pdf

Award Presentation

The USG Foundation Board is committed to celebrate the 2020 Alumni and Friends award recipients in a manner that upholds the grandeur of the Black Tie Gala while maintaining proper health guidelines. We are working to adjust plans for the gala this year and look forward to sharing more details at a later date.


Nominations must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation by a current President of a University System of Georgia institution.

Nominations will be considered for three years. If the nominator chooses, he/she may submit a new nomination packet to re-nominate the candidate after the original nomination period has expired.

Nominations should include:

  • The completed nomination form
  • A letter from a current University System of Georgia President detailing how the nominee fulfills one or more of the criteria listed above; should include specifics of the nominee’s accomplishments
  • Optional: resume and/or other biographical information

Please complete the Nomination form which will be forward to the University System of Georgia Foundation.

Nominations for the February 2021 award will close on September 30, 2020. Only completed nominations received by the due date will be considered. Nominations received after September 30, 2020 will be evaluated in the 2022 cycle.

Alumni_Friends_Nomination_Form20.pdfversion of the nomination is also available and upon completion may be mailed to:

Regents’ Hall of Fame Alumni And Distinguished Friends Awards
University System of Georgia Foundation
Attn:  Karen N. McCauley
Vice Chancellor of Development
270 Washington Street, SW, Suite 7002
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

For questions, please call 404-962-3056