Spellman Award for Distinguished Leadership
The purpose of the Spellman Awards for Distinguished Leadership is to recognize African, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander and Native American heritage students at the University at Albany who have made notable efforts to enhance the quality of life for the University community. An award committee reviews all applications and nominations and determines the final award recipients. The honors are given in memory of Seth Spellman, Jr., who was dean of the University's School of Social Welfare, serving until 1980. He was also a professor and past chair of the Department of Africana Studies, which he helped establish in 1969.