ATHENS, Ohio (May 20, 2004) -- Ohio University recognized some of its best administrators on Thursday, May 20, when three Ohio University employees were presented with 2003-04 Outstanding Administrator Awards at an afternoon ceremony at the Baker University Center Ballroom.
Ann Brown, director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards; Norman Lowery, assistant director of University Custodial Service and interim director of Residence Custodial Services; and Harold "Hal" Nihiser, director of the Lancaster Campus physical plant, were presented with a commemorative plaque and $1,000 for professional development.
Brown is responsible for recruiting and assisting outstanding Ohio University students apply for national scholarships. As part of her duties, she assists students with their written applications, information sessions and personal appearances and research among other things. She is described as a model of an outstanding administrator and motivates students to succeed beyond their expectations. Known as an strong and astute leader, she inspires students, faculty and staff with her enthusiasm, commitment, knowledge and creativity. Last year, Brown helped two students win Marshall Scholarships and become just two of the 44 recipients of the prestigious award that year out of more than 1,000 applicants.
Lowery was recognized after 19 years at Ohio University. He recently wrote approximately 45 policy/procedure manuals for his department. The guides enable employees to complete their daily, weekly and monthly tasks. He is described as honest and fair and treats employees with dignity and respect. After beginning his career at the university as a night shift custodian, he earned a promotion to his current position through hard work and a caring personality.
Nihiser, who will retire in June, is applauded for his dedication to the campus. He is depended on by many co-workers to trouble shoot in many areas, including telephones, fire alarms, security and heating and cooling. He is responsible for all physical plant activities and supervises construction and renovation projects as well as security on the Lancaster Campus. He lists three of his major accomplishments as his supervision on the John Bright No. 2 covered bridge moving and restoration project, designing the Herrold Hall brick courtyard and designing the signage in student services and the Jeffery R. Wagner Theatre.
The afternoon ceremony also recognized more than 140 employees with 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 or 35 years of service to the university. Special recognition was given to 14 employees who are retiring this year with more than 35 years of service. In addition, Administrative Senate presented retiring Ohio University President Robert Glidden with a commendation for his outstanding service to administrators during his tenure.
First given in 1975, Outstanding Administrator Awards are presented annually to individuals who exemplify a strong commitment and distinguished service to Ohio University. The awards program is sponsored by Administrative Senate and voted on by a nine-member Administrative Senate committee.
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