Harold Adams Award
The Harold Adams Award is a memorial tribute to Harold “Butch” Adams, a 1963 UofL graduate and former Assistant VP for Student Life. This award recognizes a faculty or staff member that has excelled in contributing to a diverse and vibrant student experience on campus through their extraordinary involvement in the lives of students and positively impacting their attitudes and behaviors.
Harold Adams relationship with the University of Louisville spanned nearly 30 years and encompassed most of his college and professional life. He was a distinguished alumnus, a respected coach and one of the university's best-loved administrators. An athletic scholarship launched his involvement with U of L in 1958. He went on to earn degrees in history, education and law, and in 1962, began serving as assistant basketball and head baseball coach for the university.
Adams accepted his first administrative post in 1966 as Director of Housing, a position he held for four years. In 1970, he was appointed Associate Dean of Students, and in 1976, was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs.
As Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Adams oversaw virtually all of campus life including Student Activities , Greek Life, Intramural Sports, Housing, the Cheer leading and Dance Squads, and Student Legal Services. He initiated a number of new programs to promote student growth and development such as the Student Leadership Series that began in 1985.
His contributions to the university did not go unnoticed; he twice received an Outstanding Performance Award for Administration. In 1983, he was cited for his role in the opening of Humana Gymnasium, and University Park Apartments, and the subsequent expansion of the intramural programs. The ramp leading to the Student Activities Center is named in his honor.
Dr. Dale T. Adams - September 15, 1989
Diane Sharp - September 17, 1989
Pat Terrell - December 20, 1989
George J. Howe - December 7, 1990
Dr. Fred Rhodes -August 18, 1991
Edward A. Dusch - October 14, 1993
Dr. Bruce Bursack - June 28, 1994
Paul O. Kinney - August 30, 1994
Dr. Dennis C. Golden - December 19, 1994
G. Blake Tanner - October 31, 1996
Dr. Katherine E. Amos - December 2, 1996
Dr. Bridgette Pregliasco - December 13, 1996
Henry Combs - February 21, 2001
Michael Mardis - June 26, 2001
Frank Mianzo - April 11, 2002
Danielle Bristow - April 12, 2005
Phllip G. Laemmle - May 19, 2006
Michael J. Cuyjet - December 14, 2006
Steven D. Milburn - December 5, 2007
Dr. Dale B. Billingsley - April 13, 2009
Jenny L. Sawyer - April 12, 2010
Joni K. Burke - April 18, 2011
Larry L. Owsley - April 16, 2012
Michelle Clemons - April 18, 2013
Brenda Hart - April 17, 2014
Dr. Shirley Willihnganz - April 2015
Julie Onnembo - April 2018