Dean's Distinction

Dean's Distinction recognizes a small number of exceptional staff members for their outstanding citizenship, collaboration, and exceptional contribution in support of the FAS teaching and research mission. Those who are nominated for Dean's Distinction should act with the highest integrity and serve as role models among staff.

Dean's Distinction is currently on hold. Updates to this recognition program will be shared here. In the meantime, please review our other recognition programs and opportunities to recognize your staff.

The Story of the Grand Orrery Clock

Picture of Grand Orrery Clock

As Keeper of the Clocks, Simon Willard was responsible for the maintenance of all timepieces at Harvard College for 50 years. In 1829, he presented a wall-mounted banjo regulator clock as a gift to Harvard, which is now prominently displayed in the office of the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in University Hall.

It symbolizes the special relationship of the dean to the staff of the FAS, whose hard work and dedication are critical to the pursuit of the School's mission of excellence in teaching and research.