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. Four staff members received this tribute in 2002 for Excellence in Professional Service.

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Albina Y. Grignon’s problem-solving skills have earned accolades from all quarters in the School of Business. The assistant dean of the school received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University. She now works with more than 900 undergraduate and 500 graduate students, and personally advises all full-time and evening graduate students.

“When Albina came to the School of Business from Rockefeller College, she faced an extraordinary challenge. There was a new dean; there was no computer-based information system to keep track of the school’s numerous accounts; and it was a time of budget cutbacks, when we were being asked to find new ways to fund our operations,” said Paul A. Leonard, associate dean and professor of finance. “Albina was a strong leader.”

Grignon’s professional career has spanned 25 years. She started in the University’s Office of Graduate Studies and was promoted to assistant dean for the Graduate School of Public Affairs in 1980. In 1983, Grignon was promoted to assistant provost for student services in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. She was instrumental in organizing the college’s Telepledge Campaign, through which the college doubled its annual fund giving.

Grignon’s career in the School of Business began in 1987, when she was hired as assistant dean for financial and administrative services. She created a school-wide accounting system, overseeing the school’s expenditures and projecting them via a five-year plan. She also published an alumni newsletter and assisted in the establishment of the school’s mission statement.

Beyond her service to the University, Grignon is a Cohoes city council member, a member of the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce, and the core leader of her church’s Youth Ministry Program. The former president of the Cohoes school board hosts holiday gatherings at her home, and invites international students and native students. Her Excellence in Professional Service nomination dossier included letters signed by nearly 100 current School of Business students. 

Excellence in Professional Service

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