Two Frostburg State University staff members have received the 2010 University System of Maryland Board of Regents Staff Award, the highest honor bestowed on USM staff employees. Colleen Stump, associate vice president for University Advancement and director of Publications, is being honored for exceptional contribution to the institution, and Mary Tola, director of Health Services, is being honored for outstanding service to students.
They will be recognized at the Sept. 17 Board of Regents meeting, to be held at University of Maryland – Baltimore County.
“I am not surprised that Colleen Stump and Mary Tola were selected by the USM Board of Regents for these prestigious awards; Colleen and Mary exemplify all that quality and excellence is about in higher education,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “They both perform their jobs with a focus upon only what is best for our students and our institution. I am very proud of these two highly skilled and enormously professional staff members.”
Tola’s nomination noted her work – all in the past year – in planning and developing a campus response to the H1N1 outbreak, her support of a campus wellness initiative and her leadership of the Brady Health Center’s successful reaccreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Director of Brady Health since 2003, Tola has been a dedicated advocate for student health, and was recognized in 2009 as Nurse Practitioner of the Year in Allegany County.
Stump, who has been a member of FSU’s staff since 1983, was credited with her leadership in the development of publications, marketing materials and the University’s brand identity as the director of Publications. In 2009, she added the title of associate vice president for University Advancement, which added to her duties the oversight of media relations, marketing, social media and fundraising publications.
The Regents’ Staff Award recognizes the achievements of salaried and hourly employees of the USM. Award winners are selected from the institutions within the University System of Maryland and are nominated based on letters and recommendations by colleagues. Each recipient receives a certificate presented during a ceremony at a Board of Regents meeting and a monetary prize.