Service Awards

The following remarks were read by Dean and Director Dr. John Wells during VIMS' annual Awards Ceremony on May 5, 2017 to honor recipients of the 2016 Service Awards. Citations for this year's Student Awards are also available.

Outstanding Employee Awards

The Outstanding Employee awards are chosen by nominations received by the Awards Committee from all faculty, staff, and students at VIMS.

Freeman Volunteer of the Year Award

This award is named for the late Robert Mallory Freeman, a former VIMS Council member and avid supporter. The winner of the Freeman Award for 2016 is Mr. Steve Johnsen.


The recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Employee in Facilities/Safety/Trades is Mr. Nathan Curling.

Technical Support

The winner of the 2016 Outstanding Employee for Technical Support is Ms. Barb Rutan.

Administrative Support

The winner of the 2016 Outstanding Employee for Administrative Support is Ms. Dawn Fleming.

Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award

This award recognizes a faculty member who has excelled in teaching, research, or advisory service. The recipient for 2016 is Dr. Chris Hein.