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Staff Career Achievement Award created to recognize exemplary performance of retiring staff members


BLACKSBURG, Va., June 9, 2011 – At its quarterly meeting held June 6, the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors approved a resolution to create the Staff Career Achievement Award to honor retiring Virginia Tech staff members who had distinguished themselves through exemplary performance and service during their university career.

Beginning in 2012, up to five staff retirees will be recognized annually. The first nominees will be submitted from the pool of staff members retiring in 2011. Award recipients will receive a cash prize and formal university recognition.

“Virginia Tech has many staff members who have served the university with distinction and they are deserving of special recognition,” said University President Charles W. Steger. “We could not achieve our mission without the service of our staff members. We are proud of their service and wanted to establish this award to highlight the contributions of this select group.”

Nominees must have served a minimum of 10 years at Virginia Tech and have a history of outstanding performance in their position. Selection criteria for this honor may include demonstrated support of university programs, exceptional personal contributions to Virginia Tech, and active participation in university-wide activities.

Vice presidents and deans may nominate retiring staff members for the award based on the recommendation of their supervisor through a process supported by Virginia Tech Human Resources. Every nominee will be recognized by a certificate of nomination by the nominating vice president or dean.

The Commission on Classified Staff Policies and Affairs proposed establishing a formal mechanism to recognize retiring staff similar to the recognition provided to retiring faculty through the Virginia Tech Emeritus Faculty Policy. A resolution to establish the Staff Career Achievement Award was approved by University Council and Steger in March 2011.