FPAN director awarded the Carol V. Ruppe Distinguished Service Award
January 13, 2022 | CASSH Communications | email@example.com
The Society for Historical Archaeology has named Dr. William Lees the recipient the Carol V. Rupee Distinguished Service Award. Lees was recognized for more than 30 years of service to the society. The SHA presented the award at its annual conference in Philadelphia, January 5-8, 2022.
The Carol V. Ruppe Distinguished Service Award was established in 1990 to honor those individuals who have contributed sustained, outstanding service to the society. The award was named after Ruppe, who combined her expertise in archaeology and library science. She left a legacy and example of volunteer service for others to follow.
These award winners have promoted “archaeological and historical studies by advocating scientific research, interdisciplinary cooperation, professional standards, conservation of historical resources, and dissemination of knowledge” (The Society for Historical Archaeology 1996:A5-2).
"To me, service is a basic part of and responsibility of being a professional." Dr. William Lees
During his time with the SHA, Lees served in more than 15 positions, from newsletter editor to SHA president.
Lees noted that of the SHA’s robust awards program, this award is one of the most prestigious. “I learned that I was to receive the award only about a month before the conference, and it was quite a nice surprise,” Lees stated.
Lees also reflected on his involvement within the society.
“SHA has always been my professional home since attending my first conference in 1976 (also in Philadelphia), and I have always valued service as a way to support the worthwhile projects of the society. To me, service is a basic part of and responsibility of being a professional. In reality, it has made my experience in my chosen field much richer and has resulted in many lasting friendships with others who also choose to serve.”
Lees is the executive director of the UWF Florida Public Archaeology Network, which exists to promote and facilitate the stewardship, public appreciation and value of Florida’s archaeological heritage through regional centers, partnerships and community engagement. He has been involved in archaeological research, academic education and public education for more than 40 years and has worked extensively in the Great Plains and Southeastern United States.