LAWRENCE – Making strides internationally in the areas of public affairs and neurology, KU professor John Nalbandian has been named winner of the 2012 Chancellors Club career teaching award. The university also recognized Dr. Richard J. Barohn, is the Gertrude and Dewey Ziegler Professor of Neurology and chair of the Department of Neurology, with a research award.
Nalbandian is a professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Nalbandian earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Southern California. He joined the KU faculty in 1976 and became a full professor in 1991. He served as chair of the Department of Public Administration from 1984-1988 and 2000-2007.
He also served for eight years in the 1990s on the Lawrence City Commission, including two terms as mayor. He has been honored in Kansas as an elected official of the year and public administrator of the year.
Jewel D. Scott, executive director of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, praised Nalbandian for his integrity and humility, and for being an ambassador for KU and the School of Public Affairs and Administration. "John embodies the best of the public administration and the teaching professions," Scott said.
Rosemary O'Leary, a distinguished professor at Syracuse University who will join the KU faculty in 2013, was a student of Nalbandian during her time at KU. She called the classes life-changing experiences.
"Out of the nearly 100 professors I had while earning my degrees, John Nalbandian easily stands out as the best," O'Leary said. "He changed my life in only the most positive way."
Each professor will receive a $10,000 award. The awards are provided through KU Endowment, the official fundraising and fund-management foundation for KU.
Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.