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SGSA Exemplary Service Award

The SGSA-Robert “Bob” Sabalis Award for Exemplary Service is presented by the Southern Group on Student Affairs (SGSA) to a current or former SGSA representative who has demonstrated exemplary service to the SGSA.

“Exemplary service” is defined as significant and sustained leadership, expertise, and/or creativity in addressing an issue or issues of importance to the SGSA. Nominees for this award shall have demonstrated, in activities appropriate to membership in the SGSA, an extraordinary record of accomplishment, collaborative leadership, resourcefulness, dedication, mentoring of SGSA colleagues, and commitment to the mission of the SGSA. This service can be as a medical school faculty or staff member; a GSA Institutional Representative or GSA Individual Member; the chair or a member of a GSA national committee or section (Admissions, Student Diversity Affairs, Student Affairs, Student Financial Assistance, Student Records); a GSA representative to a AAMC advisory committee (AMCAS, ERAS, VSAS, CiM, MCAT, and others); or a GSA national or regional officer.

This award may be presented at the SGSA spring regional business meeting.

A call for nominations shall be announced annually at the SGSA regional business meeting at the fall AAMC Annual Meeting and via email by the SGSA listserv. Any SGSA representative may submit a nomination to the SGSA Awards Nominating Committee. No self-nominations will be considered. Nominations will be submitted to the SGSA Awards Nominating Committee Chair, by means of a standard nomination form preceding the SGSA regional spring meeting. The nominee’s curriculum vitae must accompany the nomination form .

Nomination Form:
Please return the completed Nomination Form  and Nominee's Curriculum Vitae to:

Robert Campbell, MD
SGSA Immediate Past Chair
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Florida State University College of Medicine

Previous Award Recipients


Jerry Clark, MD
University of Mississippi School of Medicine


Hilit Mechaber, MD
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine


Robert Hernandez, MD
Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine


Marc Kahn, MD
Tulane University School of Medicine


Georgette Dent, MD
University of North Carolina School of Medicine


David Jones, PhD
University of Texas HSC San Antonio


Steven Case, PhD
University of Mississippi School of Medicine


Karen Lewis, MS
Meharry Medical College


Larry Keith, MS
University of North Carolina School of Medicine


Sam McClugage, PhD
Louisiana State University School of Medicine at New Orleans


Richard “Dick” Wheeler, MD
University of Arkansas College of Medicine


Carol Elam, EdD
University of Kentucky College of Medicine


Robert “Bob” Sabalis, PhD
University of South Carolina School of Medicine