Neil S. Bucklew Presidential Service Award

The Neil S. Bucklew Presidential Service Award, established in 1988, honors those individuals or couples who exemplify service and commitment to the University of Montana — advancing its mission on campus and throughout the state of Montana.

The award is named for former UM President Neil Bucklew, who served as president from 1981 through 1986, recognizing his contributions to the University of Montana, Missoula and to the state of Montana. 

Beginning in fall, 2019, the Award will be presented at the UM Foundation's annual President's Club Dinner.

Neil S. Bucklew Presidential Service Award Past Recipients

1988 - Ian Davidson
1989 - Bruce Crippen
1990 - John Ruffatto
1991 - Robert Kelly
1992 - Sherman Lohn
1993 - Jack Dietrich
1994 - Kathy Ogren
1995 - Jack Burke
1996 - Tom Collins
1997 - Tom Boone
1998 - Greg Hanson
1999 - Ernie Corrick
2000 - Phyllis J. Washington
2001 - Bill Bouchee
2002 - Bill Reynolds
2003 - Ann Boone
2004 - John and Katy Delano

2005 - John and Sue Talbot
2006 - Ev and Nikki Sliter
2007 - Charlie Oliver
2008 - Terry Payne
2009 - James and Joy Mariska
2010 - Robert Burke
2011 - Ty Robinson
2012 - Cathy Capps
2013 - Rockwood Brown
2014 - John and Marilyn Olson
2015 - Deborah Doyle McWhinney
2016 - Nelson Weller
2017 - Mike McDonough
2018 - Mickey Sogard
2019 - Gretchen and Dennis Eck
2019 - Eric Sprunk

Eric Sprunk - 2019 Recipient

Eric Sprunk, 1986 alumnus of the UM College of Business, received the Neil S. Bucklew Presidential Service Award from Chair of the UM Foundation Board of Trustees Suzanne Peterson at the President’s Club Dinner on October 3, 2019.Eric Sprunk, a 1986 alumnus  of the UM College of Business, received the Neil S. Bucklew Presidential Service Award on October 3, 2019, at the UM Foundation's annual President's Club Dinner.

Sprunk is a Missoula native who currently serves as chief operating officer for Nike Inc. He started his career at PwC and joined Nike in 1993. Throughout his career, he has continued his engagement with UM, serving on the UM College of Business Advisory Council and the National Advisory Board for Grizzly Athletics since its inception in 2000. Sprunk currently chairs the College of Business’ Campaign Montana steering committee.

Read more about Eric in this news release