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.

2019-2020 Recipients

Kathryn Angeles
Center for Data Science

Debra Cabrera
Wagner School of Public Service

Maria Christodoulou
Global Programs

Patti Davis
CAS, Arts and Science

Leah Guarino-Ramirez
Liberal Studies, Arts and Science

Brianne Hayes
Tisch School of the Arts

Ginette Lamarre
College of Dentistry


Archive of Distinguished Administrator Award Recipients

The nomination period is now closed.

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Nominations for academic year 2019-2020 are accepted from November 25, 2019 to January 10, 2020. Faculty, administrators, staff, and students are invited to submit nominations (.doc) at that time.

Criteria and Eligibility

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


Accomplishments that have a positive impact on the entire department, school, or unit or across parts of the University


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


Demonstrating honesty and adherence to the highest standards of moral and ethical values and principles through personal and professional behavior


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


Developing and inspiring others to achieve extraordinary results


Developing an innovative process or procedure that directly impacts the University community in a positive manner


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

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

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

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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 or 212-992-LINK (5465).

Eligible Roles:
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