Welcome to the W. H. Plemmons Medallion WebSite!

The W. H. Plemmons Leadership Medallion is named in honor of Dr. William H. Plemmons who served as the second president of the University from 1955 to 1969.  The award was created to recognize the time, energy, skills, and commitment of students, faculty, student affairs educators and staff who enrich the quality of student life and advance the education of students at Appalachian.

About the Nomination

Students and university employees are invited to nominate a student or university employee for this award.  A Plemmons Medallion nomination requires a nominating letter and two additonal support letters.  The nominating letter should specify the category of the nominee.  Nominations may be made in the following categories:

  • A student leader who has provided distinguished leadership above that of other student leaders.
  • A Student Affairs Educator within the Division of Student Affairs for meritorious leadership in their work to enrich the quality of student life and learning.
  • A member of the faculty who has provided meritorious leadership through their work with student clubs or organizations, or work that enriches the quality of student life and learning outside the classroom.
  • An employee of Appalachian State University who has provided meritorious leadership that has significantly enriched the quality of student life and learning outside of the classroom.
About the Selection Process
  • A seven person committee appointed by the Chancellor will solicit and review nominations and recommend recipients of the W. H. Plemmons Leadership Medallion to the Chancellor who will submit the recommendations to the Board of Trustees for their review and approval.
  • The committee will screen the nominations and seek relevant supporting information concerning nominees chosen for further consideration.
  • This process will take place annually and leadership medallions will be awarded during the Spring Semester Leadership and Legacy Awards Banquet. It is understood that the medallion is intended to recognize meritorious leadership and may not be awarded each year.


Nominations are closed for this awarding cycle. 


To view a listing of past recipients, click here. Also, our Archives page has information for each year’s recipients beginning in 1997. For additional information, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 262-2060.