Chancellor's Award for Student Achievement Committee Guidelines and Membership


The Chancellor’s Award for Student Achievement recognizes an outstanding graduating student each academic year. Students are selected based on academic achievement and love of learning, overcoming barriers, future leadership potential, involvement in campus life and other examples of achievement. This award is presented annually at the WSU Vancouver commencement ceremony.


Solicitation for nominations occurs during the month of February each year.

Student Achievement Award Positions and Committee

Position Description Length of Term Members
1 Staff in a non-academic unit 3 years Erin Zarafshan
Assistant to the Chancellor
Office of the Chancellor
term ends: 2025
3 Faculty member 3 years

Gunjan Gakhar, Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
term ends: 2025

7 Director of Development and Alumni Relations Permanent Jennifer Miltenberger
Development and Alumni Relations
8 Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Permanent Domanic Thomas
Vice Chancellor
Student Affairs and Enrollment
9 Chair, Chief of Staff to the Chancellor Permanent Sherri Bennett
Chief of Staff
Office of the Chancellor

Committee Guidelines

  • Student Achievement Award Committee members may not submit a nomination or be considered for the Student Achievement Award during their tenure of service.
  • Members of the Student Achievement Award Committee will serve on a rotating basis in order to serve the entire campus. The rotating positions are for three years, except for student positions #5 and #6, which are in yearly rotation, and positions #7, #8 and #9, which are permanently held by those who hold those roles at WSU Vancouver.

Procedure for Selecting the Winner

  • Nominations will be accepted via online submission form or may be directed to the chair/liaison in hard-copy form. Nominations must be received by end of business on the last day of the advertised nomination period.
  • The Student Achievement Award Committee will use a number of avenues to solicit nominations and bring awareness of the nomination process, including but not limited to FYI Vancouver, Cabinet, Campus Council, Council of Faculty Representatives, Vancouver Advising Committee, DAG, Associated Students of WSU Vancouver (ASWSUV) and Office of Student Involvement.
  • Students must be in good standing with no account of student conduct.
  • Members of the Student Achievement Award Committee will independently review each nomination and rank each nominee based on the award criteria.
  • The Student Achievement Award Committee will review individual ratings and make a recommendation to the Chancellor.
  • The Chancellor will select the winner.
  • The Student Achievement Award winner will be notified prior to the formal presentation.
  • The Student Achievement Award winner will be presented with the award during commencement.