James E. "Jack" Bales (MS '74), reference and humanities librarian for Simpson Library, is the first recipient of the Richard V. and Rosemary A. Hurley Presidential Commendation Award at the University of Mary Washington (UMW).
The inaugural award recognizes annually a UMW employee "who has performed exceptionally meritorious service to the university while demonstrating strength of character and steadfast dedication to the university mission."
Since joining the UMW staff in 1980, Bales has shared his knowledge of research techniques with countless students. He has published hundreds of articles, essays, and reviews for numerous books and periodicals, including the Journal of Academic Librarianship, Journal of Popular Culture, and Encyclopedia of American Literature. He is the author of several literary studies on American authors, including Horatio Alger, Willie Morris, and Esther Forbes. Bales also has provided valuable support for the university’s annual "Great Lives" public lecture series and William Crawley’s University of Mary Washington: A Centennial History, 1908-2008.
More information about Bales and the Hurley Presidential Commendation Award can be found on the UMW News and Public Information website.