NIC Gold Medal

As one of the oldest traditions in the interfraternal world, the presentation of the NIC Gold Medal dates back more than 70 years. The Gold Medal is presented for lifelong service to the interfraternal community and is the highest honor that the NIC can bestow. Click here to nominate an individual for a 2017 NIC Gold or Silver Medal.

The 2016 Gold Medal recipient is:

Robert L. Off

FarmHouse Fraternity
Bob Off dedicated his professional career—spanning more than four decades—to fraternal service. Known as “Mr. FarmHouse,” Bob first served as the Fraternity executive director in the early 1970s. He then spent 24 years as the executive director of both the Fraternity and Foundation, and in 1997, moved to lead the Foundation full-time for 10 years. In 2007, he became executive director emeritus of the FarmHouse Foundation, a title and role he holds today, working on major gifts, planned giving and special projects. His interfraternal contributions are also well known, as he served both the Fraternity Executives Association and the College Fraternity Editors Association (now known as the Fraternity Communications Association) as president. Bob was also a founding member of FRMT.

Under his leadership, FarmHouse made the landmark decision to be the first fraternity to adopt alcohol-free housing. In 1992, he was awarded the NIC’s Laurel Wreath Award for his role in establishing the Interchange program, which partnered universities with the NIC and FEA to provide risk management education to members at the campus level. His professional service has been recognized time and again; he has garnered awards including the FEA Distinguished Service Award, FCA Evin C. Varner Award, and NIC Foundation William D. Jenkins Outstanding Professional Award.

Those who know Bob say his “passion radiates from him and makes those around him shine brighter.” One nominator said, “Bob Off is a true professional by any standard. He epitomizes ‘fraternity’ in every meaningful way.”

Previous Medal Recipients
MedalMedal YearMedal RecipientOrganization
NIC Gold Medalist1940Albert S. BardChi Psi 
NIC Gold Medalist1940Alvan E. DuerrDelta Tau Delta 
NIC Gold Medalist1981Robert K. Ausman, M.D.Alpha Epsilon Pi 
NIC Gold Medalist1982Dr. Norman Vincent PealePhi Gamma Delta 
NIC Gold Medalist1982Robert H ShafferSigma Chi
NIC Gold Medalist1983Ronald ReaganTau Kappa Epsilon
NIC Gold Medalist1984Harold JacobsenSigma Pi 
NIC Gold Medalist1984Robert B. StewartAlpha Chi Rho
NIC Gold Medalist1985Ewing T. BowlesPhi Kappa Tau  
NIC Gold Medalist1985John W. GalbreathDelta Tau Delta
NIC Gold Medalist1986Jack L. AnsonPhi Kappa Tau 
NIC Gold Medalist1987Dr. Ronald W. RoskensSigma Tau Gamma 
NIC Gold Medalist1987Richard H. SudheimerTriangle
NIC Gold Medalist1988Paul K. AddamsAlpha Chi Rho
NIC Gold Medalist1988Sidney H. GullerSigma Alpha Mu
NIC Gold Medalist1989Stanley I. FishelZeta Beta Tau
NIC Gold Medalist1989Williams S. ZermanPhi Gamma Delta
NIC Gold Medalist1990Dr. John L. BlackburnAlpha Sigma Phi
NIC Gold Medalist1991Dr. Karlem RiessPhi Kappa Sigma
NIC Gold Medalist1991Edwin L. HemingerDelta Tau Delta
NIC Gold Medalist1992Robert J. Miller, CAEPhi Delta Theta 
NIC Gold Medalist1992T.J. Schmitz, CAETau Kappa Epsilon 
NIC Gold Medalist1992William P. SchwartzSigma Alpha Mu 
NIC Gold Medalist1992William T. Bringham, CAESigma Chi 
NIC Gold Medalist1993Durward W. OwenPi Kappa Phi 
NIC Gold Medalist1993George W. SpasykLambda Chi Alpha
NIC Gold Medalist1993Henry B. PoorPsi Upsilon 
NIC Gold Medalist1993Howard R. AlterTheta Chi 
NIC Gold Medalist1994Maureen S. SyringDelta Gamma 
NIC Gold Medalist1994Patrick I. BrownAlpha Tau Omega 
NIC Gold Medalist1994Philip H. CohenAlpha Epsilon Pi 
NIC Gold Medalist1994Ralph S. RumseyZeta Psi
NIC Gold Medalist1995Dr. William R. NesterPi Kappa Alpha
NIC Gold Medalist1995Edward M. KingSigma Chi 
NIC Gold Medalist1995Mary PetersonAlpha Phi
NIC Gold Medalist1996George BeckPi Lambda Phi 
NIC Gold Medalist1996Jean W. ScottPi Beta Phi 
NIC Gold Medalist1996Rodney Williams, Jr.Tau Kappa Epsilon
NIC Gold Medalist1997Charles V. "Chuck" LoringPhi Sigma Kappa 
NIC Gold Medalist1997Richard S. SimonZeta Beta Tau  
NIC Gold Medalist1998Frank J. Ruck, Jr.Sigma Phi Epsilon
NIC Gold Medalist1998Hiliary H. HollowayKappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
NIC Gold Medalist1998Mary Burt Brooks NashAlpha Xi Delta
NIC Gold Medalist1998Russell G. MawbyAlpha Gamma Rho
NIC Gold Medalist1999Brian BrooksDelta Sigma Phi
NIC Gold Medalist2000Maurice “Mo” LittlefieldSigma Nu 
NIC Gold Medalist2001George W. Bush, PresidentDelta Kappa Epsilon 
NIC Gold Medalist2002Bill MuseTau Kappa Epsilon
NIC Gold Medalist2004First Lady Laura BushKappa Alpha Theta 
NIC Gold Medalist2004Idris TraylorKappa Alpha Order
NIC Gold Medalist2004R. Keith GilchrestAlpha Kappa Lambda 
NIC Gold Medalist2005Gregory HauserDelta Chi
NIC Gold Medalist2005Sidney DunnAlpha Epsilon Pi
NIC Gold Medalist2005William JenkinsPhi Kappa Tau
NIC Gold Medalist2006Edward A. PeasePi Kappa Alpha
NIC Gold Medalist2006Jonathan BrantBeta Theta Pi 
NIC Gold Medalist2007Phil JosephsonAlpha Gamma Rho 
NIC Gold Medalist2008Bill BernierSigma Tau Gamma 
NIC Gold Medalist2009Jon C. WilliamsonLambda Chi Alpha 
NIC Gold Medalist2009Raymond L. OriansPi Kappa Alpha 
NIC Gold Medalist2010James EstesKappa Alpha Order
NIC Gold Medalist2010Wilford A. ButlerDelta Upsilon
NIC Gold Medalist2011Jim VredenburghTheta Xi
NIC Gold Medalist2011Kenneth TraceySigma Alpha Epsilon
NIC Gold Medalist2011Marc P. KatzAlpha Epsilon Pi
NIC Gold Medalist2011Rick BarnesFarmHouse
NIC Gold Medalist2012David WestolTheta Chi
NIC Gold Medalist2012Raymond GalbrethDelta Chi
NIC Gold Medalist2013Dr. Edward H. HammondSigma Phi Epsilon
NIC Gold Medalist2013James E. Greer, Jr.Zeta Beta Tau 
NIC Gold Medalist2013Robert D. LyndKappa Delta Rho
NIC Gold Medalist2013Robert F. Marchesani, Jr.Phi Kappa Psi
NIC Gold Medalist2014Dr. Phillip SummersPi Kappa Phi
NIC Gold Medalist2014William E. ForesterKappa Alpha Order
NIC Gold Medalist2016Robert L. OffFarmHouse Fraternity
NIC Gold Medalist1941 H. Maurice DarlingDelta Kappa Epsilon 
NIC Gold Medalist1946 Lloyd G. BalfourSigma Chi 
NIC Gold Medalist1947 John MoselySigma Alpha Epsilon 
NIC Gold Medalist1948 G. Herbert SmithBeta Theta Pi 
NIC Gold Medalist1949 Leroy A. WilsonLambda Chi Alpha 
NIC Gold Medalist1950 Joseph A. Bursley
NIC Gold Medalist1951 Arthur Ray WarnockBeta Theta Pi 
NIC Gold Medalist1951 Joseph A. ParkAlpha Tau Omega 
NIC Gold Medalist1951 William R. BayesPhi Delta Theta 
NIC Gold Medalist1952 Henry M. WristonDelta Tau Delta 
NIC Gold Medalist1953 Verling C. EntemanDelta Phi 
NIC Gold Medalist1954 Frank H. MyersKappa Alpha Order 
NIC Gold Medalist1954 Maurice JacobsPhi Epsilon Pi 
NIC Gold Medalist1955 Cecil J. WilkinsonPhi Gamma Delta 
NIC Gold Medalist1956 Fred H. TurnerSigma Alpha Epsilon 
NIC Gold Medalist1957 Herbert L. BrownPhi Sigma Kappa 
NIC Gold Medalist1957 John M. McGregorAlpha Tau Omega 
NIC Gold Medalist1959 Horace G. NicholDelta Upsilon 
NIC Gold Medalist1960 Francis S. Van DerburKappa Sigma 
NIC Gold Medalist1961 George S. WardPhi Delta Theta 
NIC Gold Medalist1962 Herman B. WellsSigma Nu 
NIC Gold Medalist1962 J. Edward MurphySigma Nu 
NIC Gold Medalist1964 Henry R. JohnstonDelta Kappa Epsilon 
NIC Gold Medalist1965 Tom C. ClarkDelta Tau Delta 
NIC Gold Medalist1966 Dr. Seth R. BrooksBeta Theta Pi 
NIC Gold Medalist1966 Joel W. ReynoldsDelta Tau Delta 
NIC Gold Medalist1967 Roland MaxwellPhi Kappa Tau 
NIC Gold Medalist1967 Scott TurnerPsi Upsilon 
NIC Gold Medalist1968 George ChapmanTheta Chi 
NIC Gold Medalist1969 Houston T. KarnesLambda Chi Alpha 
NIC Gold Medalist1970 J. Dwight PetersonSigma Chi 
NIC Gold Medalist1970 Stewart D. DanielsAlpha Tau Omega 
NIC Gold Medalist1971 Earl D. RhodesTheta Chi 
NIC Gold Medalist1971 Joe WaggonnerJr. Kappa Sigma 
NIC Gold Medalist1972 Robert W. KrovitzAlpha Epsilon Pi 
NIC Gold Medalist1972 Zeke L. LoflinTheta Xi 
NIC Gold Medalist1975 Tozier BrownLambda Chi Alpha 
NIC Gold Medalist1976 John D. MillerPhi Delta Theta 
NIC Gold Medalist1977 Richard R. FletcherSigma Nu 
NIC Gold Medalist1978 George S. TollAlpha Epsilon Pi 
NIC Gold Medalist1979 George F. Patterson Jr.Acacia 
NIC Gold Medalist1979 Ralph D. DanielPhi Kappa Psi 
NIC Gold Medalist2015 Darold W. LarsonAcacia Fraternity
NIC Gold Medalist2015 Howard C. PickettSigma Nu
NIC Gold Medalist2015 Norval B. StephensDelta Tau Delta
NIC Silver Medalist1980Carroll K. SimonsPhi Kappa Sigma
NIC Silver Medalist1980Hugh D. Scott, Jr.Alpha Chi Rho
NIC Silver Medalist1980Marsh WhiteDelta Chi
NIC Silver Medalist1981John J. RhodesBeta Theta Pi
NIC Silver Medalist1982James H. McLaughlinZeta Psi
NIC Silver Medalist1982Robert H ShafferSigma Chi
NIC Silver Medalist1984Fred L. DixonPhi Gamma Delta
NIC Silver Medalist1985George H. W. BushDelta Kappa Epsilon
NIC Silver Medalist1985James S BradySigma Chi
NIC Silver Medalist1985John W. GalbreathDelta Tau Delta
NIC Silver Medalist1986Dr. John W. RyanKappa Sigma
NIC Silver Medalist1987Ellison S. OnizukaTriangle
NIC Silver Medalist1987Samuel H. ShapiroAlpha Epsilon Pi
NIC Silver Medalist1989Edward M. KingSigma Chi
NIC Silver Medalist1989Eileen C. StevensAlpha Phi
NIC Silver Medalist1990Edward A. PeasePi Kappa Alpha
NIC Silver Medalist1992Beth SaulAlpha Epsilon Phi
NIC Silver Medalist1992Charles N. White, Jr.Sigma Phi Epsilon
NIC Silver Medalist1992Dr. Ronald J. TaylorZeta Beta Tau
NIC Silver Medalist1992James E. Greer. Jr.Zeta Beta Tau
NIC Silver Medalist1993Mike PosnickSigma Alpha Mu
NIC Silver Medalist1993Tom W. DevineSigma Alpha Epsilon
NIC Silver Medalist1993Wayne S. ColvinSigma Phi Epsilon
NIC Silver Medalist1994Jeff LinkenbachHealth Promotion Dept., Montana State University
NIC Silver Medalist1994Robert F. ManleyManley, Burke & Fisher
NIC Silver Medalist1995Jeffrey W. ShuckSigma Chi
NIC Silver Medalist1996David L. WestolTheta Chi
NIC Silver Medalist1996William N. LaForgePi Kappa Alpha
NIC Silver Medalist1997Joel GoldmanSigma Alpha Mu
NIC Silver Medalist1997Richard N. McKaigDelta Chi
NIC Silver Medalist1997T.J. SullivanPi Kappa Phi
NIC Silver Medalist1998Barbara B. HollmannPhi Mu
NIC Silver Medalist1999John HortonPhi Gamma Delta
NIC Silver Medalist1999Nancy LeonardAlpha Chi Omega
NIC Silver Medalist2000Michael GordonKappa Alpha Psi
NIC Silver Medalist2000Robert L. LivingstonDelta Kappa Epsilon
NIC Silver Medalist2001Elizabeth DoleDelta Delta Delta
NIC Silver Medalist2001Richard LugarBeta Theta Pi
NIC Silver Medalist2001Robert DoleKappa Sigma
NIC Silver Medalist2002Don MillsTexas Christian University
NIC Silver Medalist2002James J. CareyZeta Psi
NIC Silver Medalist2002Kevin O’NeillLambda Chi Alpha
NIC Silver Medalist2004Allan JohnsonAlpha Gamma Rho
NIC Silver Medalist2006Wynn SmileyAlpha Tau Omega
NIC Silver Medalist2007Pete SessionsPi Kappa Alpha
NIC Silver Medalist2007Stephanie Tubbs JonesDelta Sigma Theta
NIC Silver Medalist2008Kent GardnerKappa Alpha Order
NIC Silver Medalist2009Mark V. AndersonSigma Chi
NIC Silver Medalist2009Mike LongSigma Nu
NIC Silver Medalist2011Daniel ShaverSigma Chi
NIC Silver Medalist2013Kim NovakDelta Gamma
NIC Silver Medalist2014Lori HartAlpha Omicron Pi
NIC Silver Medalist2014Victor FeltsSigma Chi
NIC Silver Medalist2015Arthur J. Hurt, IIISigma Phi Epsilon
NIC Silver Medalist2015James B. "Jim" Ewbank, IIPhi Delta Theta
NIC Silver Medalist2015John W. HartmanSigma Phi Epsilon