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W. Samuel Sadler New Professional Award

First awarded in January 2005, the Sadler Award recognizes the exceptional contributions and future potential of a professional staff member who has been in the student affairs field for no more than 5 years. It is presented in January of each year in which a worthy candidate is identified. The award honors the legacy of former Vice President for Student Affairs Sam Sadler (B.A. ’64, M.Ed. ’71). Sam worked at Wiliam & Mary for 41 years, 38 of which were spent in student affairs. As he rose from his first position as Acting Dean of Men to the senior-most student affairs position on campus, Sam served as an inspiration and mentor to countless young professionals, many of whom went on to make their own significant marks on the field. This award, established while Sam was still Vice President at the university, is but one example of how he encouraged members of the staff—new and seasoned alike—and cheered them on to new heights of creativity and excellence.

Past Recipients
Year Recipient  Office
2023 Reagan Ambler Student Transition Engagement Programs
2022 Heather Deere Parent & Family Programs
2020 Taylor Locks Residence Life
2019 Anne Strickland Student Leadership Development
2018 Zara Sibtain Dean of Students
2017 Elizabeth Miller Office of Community Engagement
2016 Chandler Agett Sadler & Campus Centers
2015 Star Saldana Counseling Center
2014 Steve Robinson Campus Recreation
2013 Ashleigh Brock Career Center
2012 Ben Boone Dean of Students
2011 Casey Van Veen Sadler & Campus Centers
2010 Bobby Reis Counseling Center
2008 Lauren Grainger  Office of Student Volunteer Services
2007 Jenny Ruehrmund Recreational Sports 
2006 Vernon Hurte Center for Student Diversity
2005 Trasi Miller Career Services