National Walton Leadership Award


About the award:  

The National Walton Leadership Award was established to recognize state chief administrators for their passion, outstanding service, leadership and commitment to state government. The award was created to honor Ray Walton for his service and dedication to state government and to NASCA. Ray Walton served as the Executive Director for NASCA from February 2011 through February 2015 and the former Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Iowa Department of Administrative Services. Learn more about Ray.

This award will be presented annually to one state chief administrator at the Institute on Management and Leadership.



  • Nominees must currently serve as a state chief administrator (or equivalent) or be no more than 12 months removed (i.e. July 2018) from serving as state chief administrator
  • All NASCA State Primary (Chief Administrators) AND Secondary (Department Staff) members are eligible to nominate a current state chief administrator (or equivalent). Deputies and staff are now eligible to submit a nomination. 
  • Nominees (i.e. the state) for this award must be current members with NASCA.


Selection of the National Walton Leadership Award honoree is based on two major criteria: 
  • Accomplishments in his/her state and/or in NASCA
  • Service and leadership during their career

The winner for this award will be selected by a NASCA awards sub-committee.



The deadline to submit nominations is July 19, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET. 


Step 1:

Click here to download nomination template

Step 2:
Click here to submit your application


Bob Oglesby, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of General Services



Chris Liu, Director, Washington Department of Enterprise Services  


Doug Nelson, Commissioner, Missouri Office of Administration 


Richard Sliwoski, Former Director for the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of General Services

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