Formerly given by the University's Undergraduate Alumni Association, the award honors the legacy of Cleveland's Newton D. Baker, who urged everyone he met to volunteer time, talent and service to those in need.
Baker was the 37th mayor of Cleveland, served as Secretary of War under President Woodrow Wilson and was a major supporter of Cleveland College. In 1916, he and two partners founded Baker Hostetler, one of the nation's top 100 law firms with more than 700 attorneys serving clients around the world.
The Newton D. Baker Distinguished Service Award honors the lifetime legacy and community endeavors of Newton D. Baker, who urged everyone he met to volunteer time, talent, and service to those in need. This award recognizes significant service to the university by any alumnus or alumna, staff member, faculty, or friend of the university who has given their time, expertise, or leadership generously, thereby ensuring the prolonged welfare of the institution for generations to come.