P. Tarnow and Ms. Tamu Al-Islam
Ms. Tamu Al-Islam, Director of Human
Resources and Administrative Services, has received the prestigious
2003-2004 Distinguished Administrator Award presented by New York
University in recognition of outstanding achievements as an administrator
and dedicated service to faculty, students, and staff. The award
is a special acknowledgment of the value NYU places on administrative
excellence, and a way of formally honoring the significant contributions
of administrative and professional staff. It was presented to Ms.
Al-Islam at a dinner in April hosted by NYU President John Sexton.
A member of the NYU community for the past 18 years,
Ms. Al-Islam joined NYUCD in 1999 after serving as Director of Human
Resources at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. At NYUCD she is responsible
for overseeing operations and establishing goals and objectives
for the Offices of Human Resources, Faculty Services, Media Services,
and Administrative Services.
Noting that only six individuals received this University-wide
recognition, Dean Alfano said, “The Distinguished Administrator
Award brings great honor to NYUCD as well as to Tamu, who has redefined
her position from one dealing primarily with the mechanics of recruiting,
appointments, benefits, and disciplinary actions, to one in which
she actively reaches out to our community to make employees feel
more valued and our institution more effective. One fine example
is the way in which she served as the first administrator to chair
the Faculty-Staff Development Center (FSDC). In its early days,
faculty members dominated the FSDC’s activities, and administrators
and staff believed they were not getting a fair return on its resources.
Tamu has worked diligently to give administrators and staff a more
active role in programming, and has accomplished this with the full
support of the faculty. This was achieved because Tamu is not viewed
as an administrator, but as a peer, an advocate, and a resource
by faculty, staff, and administrators alike.”