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Parent Council Award of Excellence

The Butler University Parent Council has created the Parent Council Award of Excellence to help parents and families recognize faculty and staff who have made a difference in their student’s campus experience. The Council accepts nominations each year from families for faculty and staff who exemplify a helpful nature and concern for students and have contributed to students’ learning and development. One faculty member and one staff member are selected each academic year by the Parent Council for this honor and are recognized at the Council’s spring meeting.

 Nominations for 2018 have now closed, and honorees will be announced later this spring.  Learn more about our 2017 honorees below. Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs for more information at 800-368-6852 ext. 9946.

2016–2017 Award of Excellence Recipients

Faculty Honoree

Dr. Richard McGowan


Richard McGowan came to Butler and an adjunct faculty member in 1993 and joined the faculty full-time in 2001. He currently teaches business ethics for the Lacy School of Business and philosophy courses for the Philosophy and Religion department. This award is particularly timely as Dr. McGowan recently announced that he will be retiring at the conclusion of the academic year.


Dr. McGowan was nominated by two families. He was praised for both challenging and encouraging students. One nominator shared that “It is because of Doc’s encouragement that [their student] has found his passion and decided an on an Ethics minor as well as other leadership responsibilities he has taken on campus.” In her nomination, a sophomore student also noted that “Dr. McGowan has inspired me to go above and beyond and to expect greater things for myself.”

Staff Honoree

Jen Mann


Jen Mann is an Academic Advisor and Student Development Specialist in the Learning Resource Center. She received her undergraduate degree from Elon University and then went on to complete her Masters at Georgia Southern University. Before coming to Butler, Jen served as an Academic Advisor in Athletics for Indiana University and Xavier University. She is celebrating three years at Butler. Jen’s primary role within the Learning Resource Center is managing the Peer Tutoring program, and she also works as an academic success coach. 

Jen was nominated for this honor by the parent of one of her student advisees who had a non-traditional path to Butler. The family shared how essential Jen’s support was in their student's success. It was noted that Jen had an “unbelievable impact in keeping her motivated, keeping her focused, and helping her understand she can reach her goal.”