Distinguished Administrator Award Recipients

2018-2019 Distinguished Administrator Award honorees with Executive Vice President Marty Dorph, front left, and Vice President of Human Resources Sabrina Ellis, front right

The annual Distinguished Administrator Award recognizes outstanding administrative and professional performance and inclusive excellence that help NYU meet its strategic initiatives and contribute to the attainment of University goals. NYU gives awards to recognize excellence in administration, teamwork, service, and inclusion.

Award winners are regarded as role models and leaders, so it is important that the award selection process recognize the achievements of this group that reflects the breadth of the diverse community which is New York University. Nominations for academic year 2018-2019 are accepted from November 30, 2018 to January 11, 2019. Faculty, administrators, staff, and students are invited to submit nominations (.doc) at that time. The University welcomes and encourages your support and consideration of nominating a deserving employee, bearing in mind the wide range of positions, titles, and responsibilities of the University’s community of administrators.

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
  • Integrity – Demonstrating honesty and adherence to the highest standards of moral and ethical values and principles through personal and professional behavior
  • Diversity – Demonstrating commitment to values of diversity in performance of responsibilities and in interactions with members of the NYU community, and demonstrating outstanding efforts to promote an environment free from bias and discrimination
  • Communication – Building interactions and partnerships that produce results and leave others feeling welcomed, respected, and valued, regardless of cultural, ethnic, racial, class, gender, sexual orientation, language, and other human differences
  • Innovation – Developing an innovative process or procedure that directly impacts the University community in a positive manner
  • Inclusion – Contributing to raising awareness and consciousness about inclusion within the context of the University’s vision
  • Community Service – Influences and enhances the NYU and/or 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
To Submit a Nomination

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 to generate a large and diverse group of nominees. The internal nomination committee for each area then recommends to the provost, dean, or senior vice president candidates from among the nominees to forward to the All-University 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. Schools/units should not feel limited to a single nominee and may nominate more than one nominee. It is important that the nomination process be an open one and should incorporate strategies to reach the entire community. 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 or 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 or Business Partner.

Submission of Nomination to the Selection Committee

The Human Resources Officer or Business Partner in each school or unit submits the final nominees to the Selection Committee for consideration. Each school or unit may also submit to the committee any criteria and procedures for selecting a nominee. Note: We ask that each school or 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 or administrative division
  • Nominee's home and office addresses, office telephone number, office fax number, and email address
  • Name and title of the immediate supervisor
  • Number of years of service at NYU
  • List of school or administrative division nomination committee members
  • Name, address, telephone number, and email address of Human Resources Officer or 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 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 award criteria
Deadlines for Nominations

Nominations from each school or administrative division should be submitted to their Human Resources Officer/Business Partner by January 11, 2019. As in previous years, this internal deadline may be extended as long as Human Resources Officers or Business Partners submit final nomination materials to University Human Resources by the firm deadline of February 8, 2019. Nomination materials submitted to the Compensation Office after the firm deadline will not be accepted. Human Resources Officers or Business Partners should submit the final nomination materials by the firm deadline to:

Distinguished Administrator Award
New York University Human Resources
105 East 17th Street, First Floor
New York, NY 10003
Attn: Katherine Drummond

Nomination packets may also be submitted electronically, by individual nominee, to Katherine Drummond at ktd2@nyu.edu.

Recognition of Winners

University Recognition

The recipients of the Distinguished Administrator Award will be announced in the spring. The winners are honored at an evening dinner celebration hosted by NYU's president 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 or publications of the school or administrative unit.

For More Information

Contact NYU PeopleLink at askpeoplelink@nyu.edu or 212-992-LINK (5465).