University at Albany

Excellence in Professional Service

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Three staff members received this tribute in 1999 for Excellence in Professional Service.

Kanzellar (Kim) SpragueKanzellar (Kim) SpragueStudent Accounts

Kanzellar (Kim) Sprague, Bursar in the Office of Student Accounts, has served the University with commitment and dedication for ten years, exhibiting an admirable level of performance in her particular finance area. She has earned well-deserved respect for her skills, initiative, and leadership from her supervisors and co-workers.

Sprague began her career with the University in 1989 as staff assistant to the bursar and was promoted to the position of bursar in 1991. In this capacity, she manages a high volume financial operation within the student accounts office, including the supervision of the receipts, banking, and disbursement of the University's revenue. Additionally, she manages security and accountability funds, prepares reports and correspondence, credits students and other receivable accounts, and supervises cashiers and other staff in facilitating the collection operation.

Her ability to respond creatively to existing organizational procedures and operations is one of her greatest strengths. She has reformed the entire bursar operation so that it is now much more student- friendly. She has carried out many process improvements and innovations, such as implementing a lockbox operation with the University's bank to facilitate payment processing and accountability of student revenues.

Sprague serves on a variety of University committees and organizations such as the University Auxiliary Service Board of Directors, Initiatives For Women Scholarship Award Committee, Women's Concerns Committee, EOP mentorship, and the Sexual Harassment Committee. She is also involved in several community groups that are concerned with the improvement of her community and the self-improvement of individuals.

Sprague approaches her assignments with a clear sense of conscience, ethics, respect and good will. She also approaches life with unsurpassed zeal, proving a wonderful role model for all those around her.

Excellence in Professional Service

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Kanzellar (Kim) Sprague

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