Founders Award

Most Recent Winners

Nancy Flournoy

Nancy Flournoy

University of Missouri

For leadership in statistics at the national level; for mentorship of women in statistics, including serving as a lifetime role model for countless colleagues as they began their careers and establishing NSF programs for women and minorities; for career-long service to the ASA, including instilling a new vibrancy into the Council on Sections at a critical time and serving on numerous committees, including chairing the Committee on Nominations and the Committee on Research Funding in Statistics and serving on the Fellows Committee, the Committee on Meetings, and the Committee on Women in Statistics.

William I. Notz

William I. Notz

The Ohio State University

For outstanding section leadership, including serving as chair of the Physical and Engineering Sciences Section and Section on Statistical Education and as vice chair of the Council of Sections Governing Board; for outstanding publications leadership, including service as editor of Technometrics and the Journal of Statistics Education (JSE); and for leadership in statistics education as a member of the ASA/MAA Joint Committee on Undergraduate Statistics, as chair and as executive committee member of the Statistics Education Section, as editor of JSE, and for his financial support of the Best JSE Paper Award.

Allan J. Rossman

Allan J. Rossman

Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo

For impact at all levels of statistics education as an officer of the Statistical Education Section, member and chair of the ASA/MAA Joint Commission on Undergraduate Statistics, contributor to the Beyond AP Statistics workshop series, member of the Statistics Careers for AP Statistics and Other K–12 Classrooms Working Group, and contributor to the ASA GAISE report; for serving on the editorial board and conducting a long-running series of interviews with leaders in statistics education for the Journal of Statistics Education; and for serving as the 2007 JSM Program Chair.

Dalene Stang

Dalene Stangl

Carnegie Mellon University

For advancing the cause of women in statistics through leadership of the Committee on Women in Statistics and founding of the Conference on Women in Statistics and Data Science; for leadership in ASA publications as the executive editor of CHANCE, the reviews editor for JASA and The American Statistician, and a member of the Committee on Publications; for leadership in the ASA’s Statistical Education Section and Section on Bayesian Statistical Science; for extensive committee service as a member of the Membership Council, Youden Award Committee, Scientific and Public Affairs Advisory Committee, Media Experts Committee, and SPAIG Committee.

David A. van Dyk

David A. van Dyk

Imperial College London

For pioneering leadership in the production and promotion of ASA journals and publications, including initiatives in electronic publication and reproducible research as editor of Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics and reviews editor of JASA and The American Statistician; for significant contributions to the ASA’s efforts to establish the role of statistics in data science, including the drafting of the ASA’s statement on this topic; and for leadership of the Statistical Computing Section, service on the Publications Committee, and service on the ASA Board of Directors.

About the Award

The Founders Award recognizes members who have rendered distinguished service to the association. Typically, no more than two awards are granted annually, and the award does not have to be granted every year; however, when warranted, up to five awards may be given each year.

Award recipients are presented with a certificate and engraved crystal bowl. 

Selection Criteria

The individual(s) selected will have served the association for an extended time, usually in a variety of leadership roles wherein effective service or leadership was provided within the ASA or through ASA outreach to other organizations. The individual's contributions will have had significant impact on the association beyond the time of her/his incumbency.

The Founders Award Committee depends on the American Statistical Association membership to submit nominations. The award may not be given to a sitting member of the Founders Award Committee or a sitting member of the ASA Board of Directors.

Award Recipient Responsibilities

The award recipient(s) will be responsible for providing a current photograph for the following year's awards book. Because the element of surprise is our aim in presenting this award, the previous year's recipients are presented for publication each year.


Nominations are due by March 15. The award is presented at the Joint Statistical Meetings in August the same year. Nomination letters should contain a list of people who can be contacted to verify the candidate’s credentials and provide additional information. Email nominations to


Please contact the committee chair.

Recent Award Recipients

2018: Daniel Kasprzyk
2018: Alicia Carriquiry
2018: Marie Davidian
2017: Wendy Martinez
2017: Jane Pendergast
2017: Nick Horton
2017: John Eltinge
2016: John Czajka
2016: Rod Little
2016: Jim Rosenberger
2016: Maura Stokes
2015: Jim Albert
2015: David Banks
2015: Sally Morton
2014: James Cochran
2014: Christine Franklin
2014: Sastry Pantula

Past Recipients
2013: Mary Ellen Bock
2013: Xiao-Li Meng
2013: Jeri Mulrow
2012: Mary Batcher
2012: Christy Chuang-Stein
2012: Lynne Stokes
2011: Wayne Fuller
2011: Nat Schenker
2011: Bill Smith
2011: Robert Starbuck
2010: Janet Buckingham
2010: Dan Solomon
2010: George Williams
2009: June Morita
2009: Bob Rodriguez
2009: W. Robert Stephenson
2009: Jessica Utts
2009: Stephen Fienberg
2008: Linda Young
2008: David Scott
2007: Katherine Wallman
2007: George Cobb
2007: Gary McDonald
2006: Wendy L. Alvey
2006: John E. Boyer, Jr.
2006: E. Jacquelin Dietz
2006: Robert L. Santos
2006: Joe H. Ward
2005: Linda H. Gage
2005: Joan B. Garfield
2005: Albert Madansky
2004: Roger Hoerl
2004: Dallas E. Johnson
2004: William R. Schucany
2004: Ray A. Waller
2003: Roxy L. Peck
2003: James H. Matis
2003: Lynne Billard
2002: Sallie Keller-McNulty
2002: W. Michael O'Fallon
2002: Edward J. Wegman
2001: Jon R. Kettenring
2001: David S. Moore
2000: Nancy J. Kirkendall
1999: Richard F. Gunst
1999: Jerry L. Moreno
1999: Gladys H. Reynolds
1998: David R. Morganstein
1998: Janet L. Norwood
1998: Jerome Sacks
1998: Fritz J. Scheuren
1997: Barbara A. Bailar
1997: Judith M. Tanur
1997: Lorraine Denby
1996: Susan Ellenberg
1996: Ramanathan Gnanadesikan
1996: Donald Guthrie
1996: Michael H. Kutner
1995: Mary A. Foulkes
1995: Charles H. Goldsmith
1995: J. Stuart Hunter
1995: Donald W. Marquardt,
1994: Vickie S. Hertzberg
1994: David C. Hoaglin
1994: James M. Landwehr
1993: Rich D. Allen
1993: Samuel W. Greenhouse
1993: Daniel G. Horvitz
1993: I. Richard Savage
1993: Bruce E. Trumbo
1992: Richard L. Anderson
1992: Ralph A. Bradley
1992: William H. Kruskal
1992: Robert L. Mason
1992: John D. McKenzie
1992: Fredrick A. Mosteller
1991: Robert V. Hogg
1991: Ronald L. Iman
1991: Paul D. Minton
1991: Ingram Olkin
1991: Joan R. Rosenblatt
1990: Morris H. Hansen
1990: John Neter
1990: Richard L. Scheaffer
1989: Fred C. Leone
1989: Margaret E. Martin