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Distinguished Administrator Award

The annual Distinguished Administrator Award recognizes outstanding administrative and professional performance that helps NYU meet its strategic initiatives and contributes to the attainment of the University's goals.

What makes a winning administrator?



The Selection Committee will consider many characteristics to determine the winners, but the following criteria will be used extensively. Each nominee should excel in one or more of the following areas:

  • Operational Excellence – Significant changes, modifications or approaches that enhance work productivity, efficiency, and quality
  • Exceptional Service – Ensuring each interaction with internal and external customers is positive and effective
  • Impact – Accomplishments that have a positive impact on the entire department, school, or unit or across parts of the university
  • Leadership – Developing and inspiring others to achieve extraordinary results
  • Communication – Building interactions and partnerships that produce results and leave others feeling respected and valued
  • Innovation – Developing an innovative process or procedure that directly impacts the university community in a positive manner
  • Community Service – Influences and enhances the NYU community and/or the local New York community


New York University administrators and professional staff are eligible to receive the award. However, the following positions are not eligible:

  • Dean, Associate/Assistant Dean
  • Vice President, Senior/Associate/Assistant Vice President
  • Provost, Associate/Assistant Vice Provost
  • others with major University-wide responsibilities


School/Administrative Unit Committees

The provost, dean of each school, and senior vice president of each administrative unit may form a nomination committee that comprises various constituencies within their areas. Faculty presence on the nomination committee is recommended.

Selection Process

Nominations are sought from faculty, administrators, staff, and students in each school and major division. The internal nomination committees for each area then recommends to the provost, dean, or senior vice president candidates, from among the nominees, to forward to the Selection Committee for final selection. Final selections will not be based solely on quantity of supporting letters for each nominee, but on the examples submitted of how they meet each of the criteria competencies. Please note that only one nomination letter is needed for each nominee from the respective provost, dean, or senior vice president.

It is important that the nomination process be an open one. It must reach out to the departmental level and not limit its focus to those who, due to the nature of their jobs, are most visible to school/administrative division heads.

Candidates may be nominated across school or unit lines (e.g., someone from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development may nominate someone from the Tisch School of the Arts), but the nomination form must be submitted to the nominee's Human Resources Officer/Business Partner.

Submission of Nomination to the Selection Committee

The Human Resources Officer/Business Partner in each school/unit submits the final nominees to the Selection Committee for consideration. Each school/administrative unit may also submit to the committee any criteria and procedures for selecting a nominee. Note: We ask that each school/administrative division keep its final nominees confidential until the selection is completed.

Format for Nomination Submission to the Selection Committee

Original nomination form with:

  • Name of nominee
  • Full title of nominee
  • School/administrative division
  • Nominee's home and office addresses, office telephone number, office fax number, and e-mail address
  • Name and title of the immediate supervisor
  • Number of years of service at NYU
  • List of school/administrative division nomination committee members
  • Name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address of Human Resources Officer/Business Partner of school or administrative division
  • Original nomination form with nominators text (description of nominee's achievements and specific examples of how they meet one or more of the seven criteria)
  • Provost's/dean's/senior vice president's letter of nomination and statement of support (only one nomination letter is needed per nominee)
  • NYU resume or biographical information of nominee, including awards, honors, or other relevant activities
  • NYU references for nominee that may be contacted to discuss nominee’s performance and/or criteria

Deadlines for Nominations

Nominations from each school or administrative division should be submitted to their Human Resources Officer/Business Partner by Friday, December 20, 2013. As in previous years, this internal deadline may be extended (before or after the December 20 date) as long as Human Resources Officers/Business Partners are able to submit final nomination materials to the Compensation Office by Monday, February 3, 2014. This is a firm deadline. Nomination materials submitted to the Compensation Office after February 3 will not be accepted. Human Resources Officers/Business Partners should submit the final nomination materials by the Monday, February 3, 2014, deadline to the following address:

Compensation Office
New York University Human Resources
105 E. 17th St., 1st Floor
New York, NY 10003
Attn: Andrea Williams

Recognition of Winners

University Recognition

The recipients of the Distinguished Administrator Award will be announced in the spring. The winners are invited to a special luncheon reception hosted by the President of NYU. The winners are also honored at an evening dinner celebration hosted by the Executive Vice President of Operations where the award recipients are formally recognized. Winners receive a certificate of achievement and a monetary gift.

Local Recognition

An award recipient's school or administrative division may host an event to celebrate this honor or recognize nominees. Awardees should also be featured in newsletters and/or other appropriate communications/publications of the school/administrative unit.

For More Information

Contact NYU PeopleLink at or 212-992-LINK (5465).

Distinguished Administrator Award
Distinguished Administrator Award

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2013-2014 Recipients

Kate Baier
Resident Life Housing, Administration
Office of the Vice President, Student Affairs and Services

Ora Fish
Program Services Office
Office of the Executive Vice President, Finance and Information Technology

Rachel M. Hill
International Initiatives, Development and Student Affairs
David B. Kriser Dental Center

Jeffrey R. Lane
Office of Administration and Finance
Steinhardt School for Culture, Education, and Human Development

Janice M. Quinn
Athletics, Coles Sports and Recreation Center
Office of the Vice President, Student Affairs and Services

Archive of Distinguished Administrator Award Recipients

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