NCHC Ron Brandolini Award for Excellence at a Two Year Institution

This award, presented by NCHC and the Valencia College Foundation, recognizes a two year college honors director or faculty member for their outstanding contributions to the honors community. The selected winner will receive an engraved plaque, along with $500 for the honors program to be used at the discretion of the director. The award will be presented at the NCHC Annual Conference.

Ron Brandolini, founding director of Valencia College’s honors program in the 1980s, served in that capacity for 20 years. During that time he recruited top students and teachers for the program, elevating the program’s stature throughout the country. Ron was a frequent presenter at NCHC conferences and a session leader for Beginning in Honors for many years. He served on the Executive Committee and the Two-Year College Committee as well as serving on the conference planning committee for at least five years. Ron also served as the president of the Florida Collegiate Honors Council.

Please complete the application below to nominate an outstanding honors director or honors faculty member for the NCHC Ron Brandolini Award. Three letters of recommendation are required.

2018 Recipient

Dr. Eddie Weller, San Jacinto College

The art of working a crowd and trying to build a network among nearly 2,000 attendees at the NCHC Annual Conference isn’t exactly a simple task to complete. However, very few people can win others over like Dr. Eddie Weller. Colleagues say the only things that shine brighter than Weller’s boisterous laughter and infectious charm are his integrity and his commitment to honors education.

Dr. Weller holds a doctorate in history from Texas Christian University. He has been at San Jacinto College for nearly 30 years, and the honors program director there since 2013. Within the honors community, Weller has served as president of the Great Plains Honors Council, has become a National Collegiate Honors Council Program Reviewer, and has attended the NCHC Annual Conference since 1996. Outside of the classroom, Weller has served on the board of directors for the Houston History Alliance, East Texas Historical Association, Southwestern Historical Association, Texas State Historical Association, and the Southwestern Social Sciences Association.

San Jacinto College Deputy Chancellor and President Dr. Laurel Williamson says Weller’s energy, intelligence, creativity, and staunch belief in honors are why he was chosen for the job at San Jacinto College. “He took over a faltering honors program at San Jacinto College and made it the thriving, student-centered department it is today,” Williamson said. “In four years since he became director, enrollment in honors has increased over 300%, and the activities and events associated with honors have tripled. Faculty participation has increased, and the breadth of course offerings as well.”

Contributed through nomination letters from Dr. Laurel Williamson, Deputy Chancellor and President, and Dr. Brenda Jolivette Jones, Provost, at San Jacinto College.


2019 Nominations will open January 25, 2019 and close June 15, 2019.

Applications will be available via the form below.