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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.

Learn more about our 2018 honorees below. Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs for more information at 800-368-6852 ext. 9946.

2017–2018 Award of Excellence Recipients

Faculty Honoree

Dr. Scott Bridge '82 MA '91 

After graduating from Butler, Dr. Bridge joined the University professionally in 1987 to serve as News Director for the campus radio and television stations. He then served as an adjunct faculty member in the Media Arts Department throughout the 90’s and late 2000’s. He joined the faculty fulltime in 2010 and also serves an academic advisor and as the Internship Director for the College of Communication. 

Dr. Bridge was nominated by three families and was praised for the time and mentorship that he has shown. One family shared, “He provided just the right amount of assistance while at the same time allowing our daughter to develop the decision making skills and independence that she needed.“ Even his own words have resonated with his students and their families and demonstrate his collaborative approach to education, stating, “the four years will go by quickly and we have much to accomplish together.”  The time and care that Dr. Bridge has put into assisting students has not gone unnoticed.


Staff Honoree

Ed Friel

Ed Friel is an Executive Career Mentor in the Lacy School of Business. He joined Butler in 2008 after retiring from Cummins Crosspoint LLC as the Vice President of Marketing for Cummins Distributorship. While he started his career as a radio DJ in Ohio, he found his niche in business and had been with Cummins in Indianapolis since 1989.


Ed was nominated for this honor by the parent of a first-year Finance major in the Lacy School, who wrote… “Ed eased the transition into college life by listening and sharing his personal experiences when [our daughter] felt overwhelmed or homesick.” He took an active role in helping her with questions about campus leadership and class work and helped her to network with older students and alumni. It was also shared that… “He has challenged and supported [her] more in one semester than we would have expected in four years.”