The purpose of the MGA William W. Middleton Distinguished Service Award is to honor an individual who, over a long and sustained period of leadership, contributed in an exemplary manner to Member and Geographic Activities (MGA), its activities and achievements, and the attainment of its strategic goals. The focus should be on volunteering for IEEE, MGA, or its organizational units, not on professional achievement.
The accomplishments of the candidate should be of "significant performance" and should have made a distinguishing contribution to IEEE. Candidates must be IEEE Senior member grade or higher.
The award is named for William W. Middleton, who for over 40 years was associated with and contributed to the growth and maturation of the Regional Activities Board (now MGA) through service on it and its various committees and task forces; he was chosen to be the first recipient.
Nominators are encouraged to view previous recipients to see examples of what achievements have been awarded in the past.