President's Employee of the Year Award

The Award

The President’s Employee of the Year Award will be presented to one system administration employee in recognition and appreciation of exceptional job performance. An award of $1,000 (subject to payroll taxes) will be presented to the chosen employee at a recognition reception hosted by System Staff Council.

Nomination Information

All system administration classified or university staff employees, who have been employed with the university for a minimum of a year, may be nominated for the award. (Temporary employees, student workers, university officers, and staff council nomination committee members are ineligible for this award.) Nominations are accepted from fellow staff, faculty or students who have first-hand knowledge of the nominee's performance. The nominee’s supervisor and department head must provide written approval of the nomination by signing the nomination letter.

Submit a letter of nomination with two additional letters of support from any CU employee or student.  Upload the letters, in PDF format, using the online nomination form.

The nomination packet (nomination letter and supporting letters combined) should not exceed six pages.

Nomination letters must provide specific examples of each of the following criteria describing why the person deserves to receive the award. Refer to the rubric for further information. Please refer to the examples of a strong nomination letter and a weak nomination letter. (Note: These letters are meant as an example ONLY.)

Performance: Completion of work tasks that exceed expectations in the following criteria areas.

  • Competence
  • Commitment
  • Consistency in meeting deadlines

Customer Service: Delivery of customer service that exceeds expectations in the following criteria areas.

  • Willingness to assist
  • Attitude in assistance
  • Ability to communicate successfully with individuals from different backgrounds, etc.

Teamwork: Contributing towards a common goal and optimizing the skills and knowledge of all individuals in ways that exceed expectations in the following criteria areas.

  • Collaboration
  • Cooperation
  • Communication

Leadership/Initiative: Readiness and ability to initiate action to achieve goals, demonstrating authenticity, engagement, vision, imagination, and valuation of colleagues/institution.

  • Creativity
  • Direction

Call for Nominations

  • The annual call for nominations will be announced August 25, 2014.
  • All annual nominations must be received by no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 12, 2014. If no qualified nominations are received by the deadline, no award will be given.
  • The award recipient will be announced the first week in October.

The nomination committee will consider all nominations and make a determination, using the rubric, based upon the criteria listed above.

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Previous Winners

Year Winner
2014 Erin Russell, Employee Services
2013 Brian Dyet, Office of University Controller
2012 Nathan Chen, Technology Transfer
2011 Brad Baker, University Information  Systems
2010 Lisa Affleck, Payroll and Benefit Services
2009 Yuki Busch, University Information Systems
2008 Megan Princehouse, Silver and Gold Record
2007 Betsy McGuire, University Information Systems

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