Award Criteria

We welcome nominations for the annual John R. Pettit Endowed Leadership Award, which honors the long and varied service of its namesake. We will be accepting nominations for the next round of awards in winter 2020.

Detailed information about the award process follows. If you have further questions after reading it, please contact Debby Hanssen at or 206.221.1067. Thank you!

Who is eligible to receive the award?

The Pettit Award is open to any UW Medicine employee who serves in an administrative role, and has been employed a minimum of three years. While the award is open to all employment types and UW Medicine locations, individuals who have a blended role (one that includes patient care or other non-administrative duties) are ineligible.

If you are uncertain whether an employee meets these qualifications, please contact Jennifer Hazelbrook at or 206.543.8205.

Note: Preferred recipients will have five or more years of service at UW Medicine, and the award may be given to an employee only once in their lifetime.

Who can nominate?

People employed at the University of Washington with first-hand knowledge of the nominee. This could include the person’s manager, colleague or mentor.

Who selects the award recipient?

A selection committee, chaired by the head of UW Medicine Advancement.

What are the criteria the selection committee will be considering?

The criteria reflect John’s character and his work at the University of Washington. Accordingly, candidates should:

  • Exemplify the highest standards of integrity and professionalism, including going beyond the call of duty in service to UW Medicine.
  • Demonstrate leadership, including exhibiting innovation, finding practical solutions for complex problems, participating in teamwork and exhibiting excellent listening skills.
  • Serve as an agent for positive change. UW Medicine is a complex organization, one with important values and belief systems. A successful nominee should exhibit the desire to grow and change within the organization, to collaborate, and to make UW Medicine better.

What else will the committee be considering?

Successful candidates will:

  • Demonstrate quality work that sets an example while embracing teamwork.
  • Value and respect the well-being of people in achieving large-scale goals.
  • Exhibit an openness to new ideas and partnerships.
  • Bring innovative ideas forward and to fruition.