Nominations now open for Hugh J. Zimmer Award for Excellence in Urban Education

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Education is now accepting nominations for the Hugh J. Zimmer Award for Excellence in Urban Education.


The award is named for longtime UMKC and School of Education benefactor Hugh J. Zimmer, a noted business and civic leader and ardent supporter of urban education.


Zimmer was the inaugural recipient of the Urban Education award in 2013. In 2016, the award was presented to E. Bertram (Bert) Berkley, chairman of Tension Corp. and founder of the Local Investment Commission.


The next recipient will be announced at the 2018 Urban Education and Community Forum, an annual event sponsored by the School of Education during the spring semester.


In presenting Zimmer with the inaugural Urban Education award in 2013, UMKC then-Chancellor Leo E. Morton cited Zimmer for his “enthusiasm and passion” for promoting excellent schooling and improving the lives, opportunities and communities of urban residents throughout the United States, with a focus on the Greater Kansas City community.


“We are actively seeking nominations of urban educators and urban education supporters from our region who are following Hugh Zimmer’s example of passion and commitment to helping young people in our urban communities realize their full potential,” said Justin Perry, Ph.D., dean of the UMKC School of Education. “We want to recognize those who share our commitment to our core values of equity, inclusion and social justice, and who have demonstrated leadership in bringing those goals to fruition.”


Nomination forms, eligibility information and instructions are available at The nomination deadline is Feb. 12, 2018.