Professor Jeff Sun
Professor Jeff Sun

Jeff Sun, a professor in the College of Education and Human Development, has been selected as the 2019 UofL Trustees Award winner.

The award recognizes outstanding contributions to student life and is the highest honor given by the UofL Board of Trustees. 

Sun is a professor of higher education and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development. 

Trustee Raymond Burse said of Sun: “He is one of the CEHD’s top performing administrators and faculty, having made many impressive contributions to the department in the form of securing external grants, supporting faculty in their research initiatives, helping his colleagues pursue professional development and mentoring students.”

Sun said he is “deeply honored” to receive the trustees’ “most prestigious award, adding that he was surprised to hear he had been chosen.

“I don’t know why” he was picked for the award, he said. “But I thank you.”

The trustees will recognize Sun at commencement May 11. The award also includes a $5,000 cash prize.

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