Models of Excellence Program

The Models of Excellence program is an important reminder of the remarkable contributions our staff make to Penn’s success every day. Over the last 18 years, the program has honored more than 900 staff members for their outstanding achievements. 

This year’s ceremony and celebration was held on March 28, 2017.

View the 2017 Models of Excellence Opening Video.
View the 2017 Models of Excellence Slideshow Presentation.

If you know a Model of Excellence, learn how you can nominate your Penn coworkers for an award: Models of Excellence, Pillars of Excellence and Model Supervisor

About Models of Excellence

Do you work with someone who shows special initiative or demonstrates outstanding leadership? Have you noticed that one of your colleagues excels at fostering workplace collaboration, or shows an especially deep commitment to service? If so, then you recognize a model of excellence when you see one.

The Models of Excellence program was introduced to encourage excellence, provide inspiring role models, and recognize innovative staff accomplishments.

The program helps Penn staff feel more connected to the University’s successes. It positively affects not only those who are recognized, but also their fellow nominees, those who submit nominations and references, the people who work with the honorees, and the honorees’ families and friends—all of whom are invited to the springtime award ceremony and reception.

The Four Awards

The Models of Excellence program has four award components. Learn about the standards and nomination process for each, as well as the current and previous winners and nominees.

  • Models of Excellence Award Since 1999, this award has recognized staff member accomplishments that reflect initiative, leadership, increased efficiency, and a deep commitment to service.
  • Commitment to Excellence Since 2004, this award has recognized outstanding commitment to the University in extraordinary situations.
  • Model Supervisor Award Since 2007, this award has honored supervisors who are successful and constructive contributors to Penn's success. 
  • Pillars of Excellence Award Introduced in 2014, this award recognizes the important support our non-exempt, weekly paid staff members provide to promote Penn’s success.

2017 Models of Excellence Program Honorees

This year, Penn's Models of Excellence Program honored 59 exceptional staff members who play key roles in Penn's successes every day.

On March 28, 2017 a ceremony and celebration was held in Irvine Auditorium, recognizing the Models of Excellence, Pillars of Excellence, and Model Supervisor honorees.

Watch the 2017 Opening Video.
View the 2017 Slideshow Presentation.

Congratulations to this year's honorees!

Models of Excellence Honorees

Pillars of Excellence Honorees

Model Supervisor Honorees


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