2014 Models of Excellence Winners

Congratulations to the 2014 Models of Excellence program honorees! Find out who earned recognition this year, including our first-ever Pillars of Excellence Award winners.

Since 1999, the Division of Human Resources (HR) has honored more than 600 notable staff members who exhibit a deep commitment to Penn through its Models of Excellence program.

HR recently added another batch of exemplary staff to the list with the announcement of the winners of the 2014 Models of Excellence Award and Pillars of Excellence Award, a new component that recognizes weekly-paid full- and part-time staff.

The 2014 Models of Excellence Awards, which were nominated by colleagues and chosen by a committee, went to two teams: the Travel and Expense Management Initiative Team, for successfully implementing a new and improved travel and expense system by refining processes, collaborating with stakeholders, and communicating with their customers, and Penn’s Move-in Team, for creating new and innovative features such as online check-in, social media, and campus resources to make the Move-in experience more efficient and welcoming for students and their families.

The 2014 Pillars of Excellence Awards were awarded to Laura Farrington, an administrative assistant for Fire and Emergency Services in the Division of Public Safety, for successfully launching and maintaining the PennReady Blue Book Program—crisis management action plans for every building on campus—and applying extraordinary talent, expertise, cooperation, coordination, and drive, and Ruth Kelley, the program coordinator for facilities planning and operations at Penn Arts & Sciences, for her inexhaustible energy, resourcefulness, and expert administrative support.

Visit the Models of Excellence website at http://www.hr.upenn.edu/myhr/appreciation/models.