Local Leader Wins Well Deserved Award

Phil Norrgard Wins Award for Work During His Time With the Fond du Lac Band

DULUTH, Minn.- A local leader wins a prestigious award at UMD.

An award ceremony was held for Phil Norrgard who received the University of Minnesota’s Outstanding Achievement Award for the work he has done as the Human Services Director for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

The Outstanding Achievement Award is given to people who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership, and have “attained unusual distinction in their chosen fields or professions.”

Phillip Norrgard worked for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa for 37 years. During his time there, he helped build a social service and delivery system, helped grow the Human Services Division from 5 staff members to 325 employees, and helped operate six modern facilities including two health clinics and three pharmacies.

“I think what I am proudest of is that I was able to listen to people and follow their advice and their guidance and their direction. So it was never really me directing or guiding, it was always responding to community concerns and community issues, and community opinions,” said Norrgard.

Denny Falk, a professor of Social Work at UMD said the award is well deserved, and that Norrgard embodies all the best that the school hopes for in social work education.

“Phil was in the school of social work development 38 years ago and the values and the skills that we hope to see in a graduate is very much embodied in the work that Phil has done in 37 years,” he said.