With a history spanning more than 40 years, The University at Albany Foundation's Citizen Laureate Awards have maintained their original intent, which was to strengthen the ties between the academic and business communities.
Designed to not only honor each year's recipients for their achievements but to inspire others to share their talents to the benefit of community and academia, they continue to recognize and elevate the awareness of civic and academic achievement exemplifying the highest standards of leadership and citizenship.
Held in various landmarks throughout the Capital Region (see below), since 1977 the awards have honored outstanding leaders in business and industry, government and academia for their extraordinary accomplishments. Over 100 distinguished awardees have been honored over the course of the event's history (see photo link to the right), and our laureate's efforts continue to transform our region economically, scientifically, culturally, intellectually, and socially.
Qualifications for the award remain virtually unchanged. The Academic Laureate Award recognizes individuals for their notable achievements in academia, including teaching, research, scholarship, administration and/or service. The Community Laureate Award honors individuals for their impactful and sustained contributions to the community. Both must have widely recognized records of achievements which have long-range significance in enhancing the quality of life in our community. Nominations for the awards continue to be limited to the Capital Region.
The proceeds from the dinner benefit the important work of The University at Albany Foundation, which supports student programs and our ability to ensure access to the finest higher education experience possible. Established in 1967 to encourage philanthropic support, The Foundation continues to advance the University’s strategic goals and sponsors efforts to build the University’s ties to the community. Proudly founded by Sorrell E. Chesin, Ph.D., Alan V. Iselin, and Lewis P. Welch, Ph.D., who turned an idea into a legacy, the event is now a signature fundraising event for UAlbany students.