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Distinguished Research Administrator Award
Scott Stanfill received the Distinguished Research Administrator Award. This award honors individual staff members from any unit at the University who have demonstrated over a number of years distinguished service exemplifying the goals of professional research administration. Each winner receives an honorarium and an award plaque.
Stanfill, research process senior manager in the School of Social Work, who came to the university in 1993, has broadened his skills and transitioned from finance to research as an administrator. His background has enabled him to make this transition with efficiency and improvement of the structure of administration. His interactions with students, staff and faculty are professional, supportive and enthusiastic, and his knowledge of grant management, accounting and budget preparation are invaluable, nominators say. He was cited for his upbeat sense of humor, positive personality and win-win attitude, which create an enjoyable environment for every position he has held and for each mission he has carried out.
OVPR Exceptional Service Award
Lynn Cook received the OVPR Exceptional Service Award. This award honors staff members (individuals or teams) from OVPR or any of the units that report to OVPR. This award recognizes individuals involved in any area of work who have made outstanding contributions that go beyond the ordinary fulfillment of the position’s duties. Each winner receives an honorarium and an award plaque.
Cook, assistant to the vice president-senior and administrator, COI Review Committee in OVPR, has been at the university for 31 years. In her position at OVPR, she works directly with the vice president for research on managing his schedule, organizing and managing the Conflict of Interest Committee for research, and handling a range of other tasks and special projects as they arise. In the past year, she has gone above and beyond her responsibilities at OVPR to assist Ann Arbor SPARK — an economic development organization affiliated with U-M and chaired by Forrest — by providing support in a time of transition. Nominators cited her patience and commitment to her position at the university, and her ready willingness to take on new responsibilities.