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Distinguished Member Award

Distinguished Membership is awarded to members or former members who have made distinguished contributions to institutional research. This award is a meaningful recognition of significant effort in the field of institutional research. The award is for the lifetime of the individual. (Persons retiring from active service in institutional research may be recognized through the award of emeritus membership rather than with the Distinguished Membership Award.)

A member or former member nominated for Distinguished Membership should meet the following qualifications:

  1. Has been an active and contributing member of SAIR;
  2. Has contributed substantially to the field of institutional research over an extended period of time, either in the practice of institutional research or in a supporting role (e.g. faculty, college president); and
  3. Has influenced higher education policies and practice through work or research.

Members who have been honored with the Award:

  • 2023: Michelle Hall
  • 2022: Rick Burnette
  • 2017: Denise Gardner
  • 2015: Mary Harrington
  • 2013: Andrew Luna
  • 2011: Glenn James
  • 2010: Mary Sapp
  • 2009: Jim Purcell
  • 2004: William R. Fendley
  • 2002: Richard Howard
  • 1999: Charles I. Brown
  • 1999: Larry G. Jones
  • 1999: Gerald W. McLaughlin
  • 1998: Cameron Lane Fincher
  • 1998: James R. Montgomery
  • 1998: Glynton Smith
  • 1998: E. F. “Tex” Schietinger
  • 1994: Joe Sutton
  • 1992: James Firnberg

Distinguished Member 2023 - Michelle Hall

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The Southern Association for Institutional Research (SAIR) is dedicated to the advancement of research leading to improved understanding, planning, and operation of institutions of post-secondary education. SAIR provides a forum for the dissemination of information and interchange of ideas on problems of common interest in the field of institutional research. In addition, SAIR promotes the continued professional development of individuals engaging in institutional research and fosters the unity and cooperation among persons having interests and activities related to research.