University at Albany

Excellence in Professional Service (Full Time)

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 2007 for Excellence in Professional Service (Full Time).

Thomas GebhardtThomas GebhardtUniversity Police Department

As Director of Personal Safety and Off-Campus Affairs, Thomas Gebhardt has served as an outstanding University citizen and equally outstanding member of the community, truly exemplifying the highest level of professional achievement. After earning both a B.A. and an M.A. from UAlbany, he began his career here in 1978, working in Residential Life. Over the years he served in roles of increasing responsibility with marked distinction through 1995, when he assumed his current title. Gebhardt has also distinguished himself and the University by his outstanding leadership on the Committee on University and Community Relations. As committee chair since 1990, Gebhardt has forged a trusted bond with residents, officials, and business owners in Albany. This bond provides a basic foundation for all University-community engagement. To many residents who have seen him going door-to-door or participating at innumerable meetings, he is the face of the University, one of a concerned, reliable partner. It is common to hear his excellent efforts praised by residents and leaders alike. His dedication, professionalism, and innovative ideas have helped the University and countless numbers of students to act as good citizens in our host community. As one measure of the high community regard in which he is held, Gebhardt was honored with the 2000 Outstanding Public Official of the Year award from Albany's Neighborhood Resource Center.

Excellence in Professional Service (Full Time)

Christopher Fernando Thomas Gebhardt JoAnne Malatesta



Criminal Justice

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