Nominations Now Open for Dave Reese Distinguished Service Award

The Quilt, a consortium of regional Research and Education (R&E) Networks throughout the United States, today announced that nominations are now open for the inaugural Dave Reese Quilt Distinguished Service Award.

The Dave Reese Quilt Distinguished Service Award was created this year to honor individuals who have provided extraordinary leadership, support, and service to The Quilt community and its stakeholders. The award is named in honor of Dave Reese (1958-2019), who was a founding member of The Quilt and served in a number of leadership roles for the organization including chairman of the board and treasurer.

“Dave was a treasured member of The Quilt community with a sharp mind for technology, an extraordinary sense of community, and a strong commitment to the mission of R&E Networks,” said Jen Leasure, president and CEO of The Quilt. “His passing last fall was a tremendous loss for our community. We couldn’t think of a better way to honor his memory than by establishing this award to recognize individuals who appreciate the diverse set of organizations that comprise our membership, embody the belief that collaboration makes the whole cloth of The Quilt stronger, and dedicate their time to supporting initiatives that broadly impact our Quilt member organizations.”

Reese held the position of Vice President for Regional and International Initiatives at CENIC. He had worked with CENIC since it began in 1996. In his remarkable career spanning more than three decades, he helped propel innumerable important networking projects on the regional, national, and international scale. His knowledge and understanding of how to define and run R&E Networks served as a guiding light for many networks around the country and the world.

The recipient of this year’s award will be announced at our virtual Quilt 2021 Winter Member Meeting, February 9 – 11, 2021.


In order to nominate someone for this award, please submit a letter of recommendation illustrating the nominee’s contributions to the goals of The Quilt to Jen Leasure at Nominations are due by Jan. 28, 2021.  Your remarks should be organized and detailed in a way that allows the Review Committee to easily identify the judging attributes of commitment, collaboration, and support of The Quilt community.

In your nomination please consider including information such as: How has this person demonstrated a commitment to collectively advancing research and education through The Quilt? Is this person recognized for leadership qualities and active sharing and learning broadly across The Quilt community? If so, how? Please provide examples.

Review Committee

The Award Review Committee for this year is comprised of four members of The Quilt Board of Directors; Louis Fox (CENIC), Marla Meehl (FRGP), Pankaj Shah (OARnet), and Jim Stewart (UETN).

For any additional information, please contact us through the website.