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Parents and Families

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 are being collected for the Parent Council Award of Excellence.

Parent Council Award of Excellence Nomination Form

Nominations are due by Friday, March 8, 2019 at 8 PM EST. 


Learn more about our 2018 honorees below. Contact the Office of New Student & Family Programs at 317-940-8648 for more information. 

2017–2018 Award of Excellence Recipients

Faculty Honoree

Dr. Scott Bridge '82 MS '91 

headshot of Scott BridgeAfter graduating from Butler in 1982, Scott Bridge was a reporter/anchor for three radio stations and one TV station before joining Butler in 1987 to serve as News Director for the campus radio and TV stations. He is a past president of the Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

He left Butler in 1995 to stay home with his children full time, then returned to Butler as an adjunct faculty members  in the Media Arts Department in 2006. He joined the College of Communication faculty fulltime in 2010, where he serves as CCOM's Internship Director, an academic advisor, and broadcast journalism instructor.


Staff Honoree

Ed Friel

picture of Ed Friel and students on campusEd 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.”