The Glenn I. Latham Award was created in 2001 in memory of Dr. Glenn I. Latham, who was the founder and Director of the Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center (MPRRC) at Utah State University. Dr. Glenn Latham worked at Utah State University between 1980 and 2001. Dr. Latham was respected and known internationally in the areas of behavior and parent involvement. Dr. Latham was highly respected for his dedication to improving services of children with disabilities. Dr. Latham passed away in 2001 while on a technical assistance trip to Australia. He leaves a legacy that continues today. His behavior and parent programs are still being used throughout the United States. The Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) was established in 2004. The Glenn Latham Award is now an annual award from TAESE.
The Glenn I. Latham Award is the highest award given by TAESE. The award is given to a State Education Agency staff member or professional in Special Education who best characterizes the attributes of Dr. Latham—knowledge, wisdom, and a passion to improve programs and services for children and youth with disabilities.
The individual receiving the award must possess similar attributes and characteristics as Dr. Latham including: