Models of Excellence Award
2020 Models of Excellence Program HonoreesCongratulations to this year's honorees! This year Penn's Models of Excellence Program honors 110 exceptional staff members who play key roles in Penn's successes every day.
In lieu of the Ceremony and Reception, we have marked the occasion with a commemorative video and an online publication which celebrate and recognize the 2020 honorees.
The Models of Excellence program recognizes notable staff member accomplishments at Penn that reflect initiative, leadership, increased efficiency, and a deep commitment to service.
ON THIS PAGE:
- Standards of Excellence
- The Nomination Process
- Selection and Notification
- Awards, Ceremony and Reception
- 2020 Honorees
Standards of Excellence
These Standards of Excellence are used by the nominators and the Selection Committee to identify individual staff members or teams as Models of Excellence for their notable contributions to the mission of the University that go above and beyond performance and job expectations.
Supportive practices, procedures, and policies
- Brings about significant positive change for the University’s mission.
- Eliminates significant obstacles to achieving the University’s mission.
- Resolves, in unique and/or novel ways, problems that impede progress.
Innovative and proactive leadership
- Uses highly effective and/or novel practices to inspire and lead others to contribute constructively to the University’s mission.
- Proactively identifies and resolves challenges that interfere with team/unit/school/center activities to further the University’s mission.
- Encourages a coordinated effort by a complex group and facilitates the group’s ability to meet complicated goals.
Extraordinary service to key constituencies
- Supports internal and/or external constituencies in ways that exceed expectations and result in unexpected and very positive outcomes that support the University’s mission.
- Identifies improvements to University practices, policies, and/or program designs that result in substantial cost savings or financial gain to the University while enhancing the organization’s ability to support the University’s mission.
Exemplary relationship building within and/or outside of the immediate organization
- Develops and uses strong, constructive, and productive relationships that enable otherwise impossible goals to be met in support of the University’s mission
The Nomination Process
The call for nominations is open September through October each year.
We seek nominations of significant achievements—above and beyond job and performance expectations—to model excellence for the campus. Please consider nominating a deserving staff member or team; we welcome nominations from any level of the organization, including self-nominations.
The nomination process is detailed, and all its components must be completed before the nomination can be accepted. Each year, the Quick Start Guide to Completing a Nomination provides all of the information you need to complete this
process which includes the following steps:
1. Reviewing the eligibility criteria.
2. Complete the Nomination Form which includes two reference letters and supervisor verification of eligibility.
3. Submitting the completed nomination through the online form before the published deadline.
Questions? Call 215-898-1012 or contact us by email.
Selection and Notification
An annually rotating Models of Excellence Selection Committee reviews all nominations and selects the award winners. The committee is representative of the diversity of our institution, composed of Penn leaders (including the Provost, Executive Vice President, and Vice President of Human Resources), previous Models of Excellence award winners, and other faculty and staff members from across campus.
Once staff members are chosen for Models of Excellence recognition or accorded an Honorable Mention are notified in January, and the information is publicized broadly to the Penn community. Honorees are acknowledged at the spring Models of Excellence Award Ceremony.
Awards, Ceremony, and Reception
2020 Models of Excellence
Kyle Cassidy, Annenberg School for Communication
Kyle Cassidy exemplifies the leadership and innovation that makes collaborative work at the University so successful at tackling big problems. His leadership in the Penn Virtual Reality Working Group fostered a connection between the Annenberg Center and the School of Nursing to create a virtual training tool for opioid overdose treatment.
Sphinx Move Team
The Penn Museum Sphinx Move Team transported the more than 3,000-year-old Sphinx, the largest in the Western Hemisphere, to the grand Main Entrance Hall, reimagining the 10,000 square feet space in new galleries and transforming the human experience for all of the Museum’s visitors.
|Team Member||School or Center|
|Anne Brancati||Penn Museum|
|Kevin Cahail||Penn Museum|
|Edgardo Esteves||Penn Museum|
|Molly Gleeson||Penn Museum|
|Brian Houghton||Penn Museum|
|Anna O’Neill Alexander||Penn Museum|
|Robert Thurlow||Penn Museum|
|Jennifer Wegner||Penn Museum|
Transform Penn's Data Center Team
Information Systems and Computing
The Transform Penn’s Data Center Team successfully migrated from the Walnut Street Data Center to a newly conceived, state-of-the-art facility at the Pennovation Center while modernizing network architecture, delivering immediate and long-term benefits to Penn, achieving sustainability targets and providing a cost savings.
|Team Member||School or Center|
|Daniel Bachovin||Information Systems and Computing|
|David Cohen||Information Systems and Computing|
|Joseph Demarest||Information Systems and Computing|
|Jeffrey Edwards||Information Systems and Computing|
|Steven Fredricks||Information Systems and Computing|
|Tiffany Hanulec||Information Systems and Computing|
|Gregory Hartley||Information Systems and Computing|
|Donna Jacobs||Information Systems and Computing|
|Dante Keyes||Information Systems and Computing|
|Shijoy Mathew||Information Systems and Computing|
|David Mongeluzi||Information Systems and Computing|
|James Renfro||Information Systems and Computing|
|James Riley||Information Systems and Computing|
|Maria Roberts-Reyes||Information Systems and Computing|
|Charles Rumford||Information Systems and Computing|
|Kent Whiting||Information Systems and Computing|
|Thomas Yoo||Facilities and Real Estate Services|
Division of Finance
With his remarkable leadership, cross-campus collaboration, and wealth of knowledge, Victor Adams, Director in the Corporate Tax, Compliance & Payroll Office, personifies the Division of Finance’s mission to provide world-class service to faculty, staff and students.
Campus Express New Student Experience Team
The Campus Express New Student Experience Team recreated Penn’s online onboarding site for all new students, providing a welcoming and engaging gateway to the diverse services and amenities that Penn has to offer.
|Team Member||School or Center|
|Mark Aseltine||Business Services|
|Christopher Bradie||Business Services|
|Barbara Lea-Kruger||Business Services|
|Ann Weinstein||Business Services|
College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Team
The LPS Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Team created and launched the first online bachelor’s degree in the Ivy League.
|Team Name||School or Center|
|Christopher Angelucci||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Ursula Bechert||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Dave Bieber *||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Aaron Boczkowksi||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Yvette Bordeaux||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Leona Brandwene||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Mary Bustamante||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Jacqueline Candido||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Clayton Colmon||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Angelina Conti||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Sara Davis||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Benjamin Filreis *||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Ilene Ford||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Michael Griego||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Joseph Hallman||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Susan Hassett||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Caitlin Hier||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Zachary Humenik||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Betsy Jane Kells||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Jaime Kelly||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Tomea Knight||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Jen Kollar||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Meryl Krieger||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Sarah Libros||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Jeffrey Lyons||School of Arts and Sciences|
|John MacDermott *||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Marsha Mallet||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Sarah Masino||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Jason Matjasic||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Elizabeth Matthew||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Rita McGlone||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Jacqueline McLaughlin||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Melissa Moore||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Amy Mulhern||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Debra Murphy||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Kristine Rabberman||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Brittany Robertson *||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Anna Safford *||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Samantha Sangenito *||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Leigh Anne Scarborough||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Joe Schaffner||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Daniel Shields||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Kristin Sowden *||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Raymond Taylor||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Donna Tomlinson||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Kathy Urban *||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Christopher Veitz||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Levester Williams||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Miriam Wright||School of Arts and Sciences|
The Forerunner Team launched a trailblazing initiative to “bring the world to Penn and Penn to the World” by providing a high-touch, in-person experience to prepare new international students and parents for their Penn journey.
|Team Member||School or enter|
|Rodolfo Altamirano||Penn Global|
|Batsirai Bvunzawabaya||Student Services|
|Chinedu Eke||School of Engineering and Applied Sciences|
|Sung Youn Gwak||School of Engineering and Applied Sciences|
|Imani Hall-Harvin||Graduate School of Education|
|Yuhong He||Student Services|
|Sarah Kaufman||Graduate School of Education|
|Soumya Madabhushi||Student Services|
|Amy Nichols||Wharton School|
|Elisabeth O’Connell||Provost’s Center|
|Zoe Qiao||Wharton School|
|Patricia Rea||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Julianne Reynolds||Student Services|
|Sharon Smith||Student Services|
|Charquinta Sullivan||Wharton School|
|Ann Tiao||Graduate School of Education|
|Peter Van Do||Student Services|
|Ryan Villanueva||Penn Global|
|Yuan Yao||Student Services|
|Li Zhang||Penn Global|
Laura Tepper displays a deep understanding of the needs of the Law School’s community, students, faculty, staff and alumni. She utilizes this understanding to develop very effective strategies to approach the community for support of Penn Law, evidenced by her ability to meet the Law School’s $100,000,000 capital campaign goal more than one year ahead of schedule.
Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics
In his role as Associate Director for the Center for Student-Athlete Success, Matthew Valenti led the rebranding of the Office of Student Development, resulting in the creation of the Center for Student-Athlete Success, a national leader in the area of student-athlete development.
Questions? Call 215-898-7729 or contact us by email.