The Distinguished Administrative Professional Award (DAPA) recognizes administrative professionals with continuing meritorious and outstanding achievement in the areas of operational efficiency, leadership and mentoring, innovation, and the Principles of Community at Colorado State University. A maximum of five (5) award recipients are selected each year, and these amazing individuals each receive a commemorative plaque and an award of $1,000. Recipients are also recognized at the annual Celebrate CSU Awards Event held each April.

Nominations for the 2024 Distinguished AP Award are closed.

Click here to nominate for the DAPA.

The DAPA provides an important opportunity for the University community to celebrate the priceless contributions of Administrative Professional employees at CSU. We hope you will consider nominating a deserving employee in your area for this prestigious recognition!

Criteria Areas: Nominees must have been employed as an AP employee at Colorado State University for at least three years to be considered for the award, and past recipients are not eligible for ten years. Nomination essays should capture traits from the main criteria areas:

Operational Efficiency Leadership and Mentoring Innovation Principles of Community
  • Secures funding
  • Implements cost-saving measures
  • Streamlining processes
  • Student-centered
  • Amongst peers
  • With on and off campus Community
  • Techniques and Technology
  • Instructional or training curriculum
  • Cutting-edge work
  • Demonstrates Inclusion, Integrity, Respect, Service & Social Justice in their community
  • Models and supports the Principles of Community in their unit

Please submit letters of support from two individuals other than the nominator as well.