Gordon B. Hinckley Communicator award
The Gordon B. Hinckley Communicator award is in memory of the beloved Church leader who used his gifts and talents as a skilled and honorable communicator to build the kingdom of God. President Hinckley was a masterful writer and editor and a dynamic speaker. He understood the nuances and principles of organizational behavior, conflict resolution and persuasion. President Hinckley appreciated the value of well-planned events and is credited with being a pioneer in the use of visitors' centers and media in the Church. Shortly after returning from a full-time mission to England, he was charged with spearheading the Church's Radio, Publicity and Mission Literature Committee. Named 2004 "Communicator of the Year" by the National Forensic League, President Hinckley was a thoughtful, compassionate listener who reached out to people from all walks of life. Building bridges of understanding between those of diverse beliefs and interests was a hallmark of his life and ministry. His administration was characterized by its openness to the media, and he did much to help "bring the Church out of obscurity."
This award in his name is given to students who have displayed similar attributes. Specifically, those who receive this award are being honored for their character, talents, diligence and pursuit of excellence. Selected students are nominated by multiple Department of Communication faculty who feel they will represent the Church, university and department as an exemplary graduate.
As expressed by President Hinckley: "You are developing your capacity to communicate. There is nothing more important. Communication is the basic element of leadership."