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NACUA's Distinguished Service Award

Richard B. Crockett - 2000

Mr. Crockett has recently joined the law firm Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett, where he serves as outside legal counsel to St. Olaf College. Prior to moving to Minnesota, he spent nine years at the New York law firm Bond, Shoeneck and King, where he served as outside counsel to Syracuse University and Hamilton College; and 21 years as University Attorney to the University of North Dakota, where he was responsible for handling all of the legal affairs of the university and its affiliated nonprofit organizations. He received his B.A. from the University of North Dakota and his J.D. from Stanford University.

Mr. Crockett has been an active member of NACUA for more than 20 years. During this time, he has been a member of nearly every Association committee, chairing the Committee on Program for Annual Conference in 1988-89, the Committee on Nominations and Elections in 1991-92, and the Committee on Honors and Awards in 1992-93. He was first elected to the Board of Directors in 1981, serving a three-year term as a member-at-large, and again in 1987, as Second Vice President. He served as First Vice President in 1988-89 and as President-elect in 1989-90. In 1990-91, Mr. Crockett became NACUA’s 30th President.

Mr. Crockett is the founding -- and sole -- volunteer author of the NACUA Outline Guide, whose origins date back to 1986. It is the only cumulative index of all CLE and Annual Conference outlines available to NACUA attorneys, and remains today one of the most valuable and time-saving resources in the Legal Reference Service. Mr. Crockett is also co-author of the NACUA compendium, Accommodating Students with Learning and Psychiatric Disabilities, which, for many years, has been among the top selling publications for the Association.

The NACUA Distinguished Service Award is being given to Richard B. Crockett for his extraordinary service and his outstanding contributions to the National Association of College and University Attorneys. His dedication and his long and faithful service have brought distinction to our profession and to our Association.