The Model Supervisor Award

Congratulations, 2024 Models of Excellence Honorees

The University is pleased to announce the Models of Excellence Program honorees for 2024. This year 52 staff members received recognition across the three award categories.

The annual Model Supervisor Award, established in 2007, is given to Penn supervisors who demonstrate exemplary behaviors and serve as outstanding role models.

Model Supervisor Behaviors

These behaviors reflect the University’s standards for a Model Supervisor and are used by the Selection Committee to identify individuals who qualify for this award:

  • Practice fair and consistent procedures and treat everyone with dignity, respect, and integrity
  • Demonstrate compassion and promote work-life balance
  • Offer personal and professional development opportunities and provide tools for achievement
  • Foster a collaborative and constructive workplace
  • Communicate goals and expectations clearly, and hold staff accountable
  • Problem-solve and remove unnecessary barriers to achievement
  • Support and foster a diverse workplace

2024 Model Supervisors

Erin Brown, Division of Human Resources

Erin Brown, Director of the Penn Employee Solution Center, is a dedicated, encouraging, and heartfelt leader. Erin elevates every conversation and situation she touches by never losing sight of the human element in Human Resources. She has raised the profile of the Penn Employee Solution Center as an outstanding service while supporting the development, engagement, and well-being of the employees on her team.

Sharon Fleshman, Student Services

Sharon Fleshman, Senior Associate Director in Career Services, exemplifies confident, compassionate, and thoughtful leadership, supervising a team dedicated to supporting students in helping professions. Sharon demonstrates a clear passion for social justice and DEI in her work. Her commitment to the professional development of staff on her team is evident from the success they enjoy in their careers.

Jane Holahan, Student Services

Jane Holahan, Director of the Weingarten Learning Resource Center, has proven herself a transformative leader, developing the Weingarten Center into a unified department known as “Penn’s Home for Academic Support and Disability Services” while showing deep care and dedication in supporting both staff and students through unprecedented challenges. 

Adam Roth-Saks, School of Social Policy and Practice

Adam Roth-Saks, Administrative Director of the Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership program, is a model leader who advocates not only for his team but also for the entire Penn community. He launched one of the first fully online master’s programs. Adam encourages collaboration and innovation within and across teams and gives everyone a seat at the table.


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