Outstanding Public Service Award

2018 Public Service winner Bonnie Magness-Gardiner

Award Criteria
The Outstanding Public Service Award recognizes exceptional contributions that promote public understanding of, interest in, and support for archaeology and the preservation of the archaeological record.

Individuals, organizations, institutions, or corporations may be nominated to receive the Public Service Award. Individuals need not be members of the AIA. At the discretion of the reviewing subcommittee, the award may or may not be presented annually.

Nominations may be made by any AIA member or AIA committee. They should include a detailed statement of the candidate's contributions meriting recognition in a form suitable for use in a citation.

A subcommittee of the Professional Responsibilities Committee will review nominations and make a recommendation to the full Committee. The PRC will submit its decision for approval by the Governing Board at its May meeting.

Due Date for Nomination
Completed nominations should be received by Institute Headquarters at the below address no later than April 2, 2018, for the award to be presented at the following Annual Meeting.

Please send all nomination materials to:

Outstanding Public Service Award
Atten: Awards Department
Archaeological Institute of America
44 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (857) 305-9360
Email: awards@archaeological.org


2018 Outstanding Public Service Award: Bonnie Magness-Gardiner

Dr. Bonnie Magness-Gardiner recently retired as from the position of Program Manager of the Art Theft Program at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC. She managed the National Stolen Art File and provided support for the Art Crime Team, — 20 special agents investigating cultural property cases in the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Magness-Gardiner received a PhD in Near Eastern Archaeology from the University of Arizona. After teaching archaeology for five years, she entered government service as manager for the Archaeology Program at the National Endowment for the Humanities. Later she became a program manager for the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress. For eight years she was the Senior Cultural Property Analyst for the Department of State, implementing the 1970 UNESCO Convention against illicit traffic in cultural property. She served also as the program manager for cultural heritage restoration projects in Iraq. In 2005, she started at the FBI, retiring in 2017.


Past Winners of the Outstanding Public Service Award

2017 Jessica S. Johnson
2016 Cindy Ho
2015 Gregory Annenberg Weingarten
2014 Corine Wegener
2013 David W. Packard
2012 David Gill
2011 Stefano de Caro
2010 Diane Siebrandt
2009 John Noble Wilford
2008 Francis P. McManamon
2007 Wolf-Dieter Heilmeyer
2005 John Russell
2004 He Shuzhong
2003 Lyndel Prott
2002 Nancy Bookidis and Charles K. Williams, II
1998 Walter V. Robinson

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