FSU Alumni Association

The Bernard F. Sliger Award

Bernard F. Sliger Award

Named for the 10th president of Florida State University, the Bernard F. Sliger Award is the single highest honor given by the FSU Alumni Association. This award recognizes a member of the university community who has made a major contribution toward the fulfillment of the mission of Florida State University. Winners of the Bernard F. Sliger Award, named below, are automatically accorded membership into the Circle of Gold.


Ed Burr (B.S. '79), the 2021 Bernard F. Sliger honoree, was presented with this prestigious award in front of his family and peers in a ceremony at the 2021 Alumni Awards Gala ahead of the FSU Homecoming Football game versus the University of Massachusetts.


Ed Burr (B.S. '79) Accounting

Widely considered an industry leader for his ability to analyze real estate potential and create successful multi-use communities, Ed Burr is president and chief executive officer of GreenPointe Holdings, LLC, a diversified holding company he founded in 2008 in Jacksonville, Fla. A longtime advocate for bettering the lives of children, Burr founded the Monique Burr Foundation for Children in 1997 in honor of his late wife. The foundation is committed to the prevention of child abuse.

Burr is the former Chair of the FSU Board of Trustees and has served on the FSU Foundation Board of Trustees, the Seminole Boosters Board and the FSU Real Estate Center Executive Board in the College of Business. He was a Charles A. Bruning Distinguished Speaker at the college in fall 2016, and was inducted into the FSU Alumni Association’s Circle of Gold in 2018.

Recipients of the Bernard F. Sliger Award:

Lawrence G. Abele
Reubin O'D. Askew  
Bobby Bowden
John Champion 
Talbot D'Alemberte
William M. Durham, Jr.
Charles Ehrhardt  
Daisy Parker Flory 
Freddie Groomes-McLendon  
W. Andy Haggard
Mart Hill (B.S. ’42)  
Katherine Blood Hoffman
Betty Lou Joanos
James E. Joanos
George Langford 

J. Stanley Marshall 
Mike Martin
Andy Miller
Joel Padgett  
Barbara J. Palmer
Les Pantin, Jr.
James E. Pitts  
Bill Proctor  
Burt Reynolds 
Bernard F. Sliger 
Godfrey Smith 
Melvin Stith 
John Thrasher
T. K. Wetherell 



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