Social justice is part of Terry Nebel’s way of life.
“I look at social justice as being justice for all,” he said. “It became part of what I tried to do with my work with Staff Council and the institution to involve social justice in daily activities. I am always looking for an opportunity to make changes that can help.”
During his time as chair of Staff Council, a position he held longer than anyone else, Nebel was responsible for proposing several new WVU policies. One of which allows all WVU employees to give back through blood donation without being required to use annual leave time.
Nebel is humbled and “speechless” about receiving the prestigious University honor.
“I have seen this award go to a number of other people, and I am definitely flattered to receive this award,” he said. “I am in good company and proud to join the ranks.”
Nebel, a full-time employee with WVU since 1989, served as a member of WVU Staff Council for 14 years. He served as chair for 10 years, and previously served as vice-chair for three years.
“It has been my honor to work with Terry during his years on staff council.” Jennifer McIntosh, executive officer in the President’s Office for Social Justice said. “He is the perfect example of respecting people for who they are and being the very best of what every mountaineer should aspire”.
As an employee representative, Nebel has served on 26 WVU committees including one presidential search committee and the WVU Social Justice Council.
He currently works as assistant director of Support Services in the Office of Information Technology. He holds a bachelor’s degree from WVU’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and four professional certifications.
Nebel also volunteers at a number of local charities, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the West Virginia Family Grief Center.
The Neil S. Bucklew Award for Social Justice recognizes the accomplishments of Neil S. Bucklew, whose leadership and vision led to the establishment of the WVU President’s Office for Social Justice. Faculty, staff and administrators who have been or are currently involved in the promotion of social justice can be nominated for the award. Recipients are given a $2,500 stipend.
Nebel will be recognized during WVU’s Week of Honors April 8-17.
A list of past recipients and more information about the award can be found online at http://socialjustice.wvu.edu/news_and_events/the_neil_s_bucklew_award .
CONTACT: Sharon Mallow, President’s Office for Social Justice