University at Albany

Excellence in Academic 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. Two faculty members received this tribute in 2008 for Excellence in Academic Service.

Reed HoytReed Hoyt*, Music

While many faculty members grow weary of service in the later stages of their careers, Professor Reed Hoyt has deepened and expanded his involvement, working tirelessly as an agent for positive change at all levels of the institution. Since joining UAlbany in 1986, he has served two terms as Chair of the Music Department, participated on an Arts Task Force that forged closer relationships among the fine arts departments together with the Performing Arts Center and the Art Museum, served as Interim Chair of the Theatre Department, and assumed leadership assignments on a host of college and campus-wide committees and councils. He is currently Chair of the Senate and member of the Executive Committee, an ex-officio member of the University Council, and a member of the Presidential Search Committee. Professor Hoyt is a good listener, calm under pressure, fair-minded in his judgment, and diplomatic in his relations with others. He is, as one admirer observes, "a Renaissance man both in his own academic interests and in the way he thinks of the life of the University professor. To him it is insufficient for a faculty member to dwell only on his or her area of teaching and scholarship. He believes that the University is a community of scholars, students and administrative staff, who must strive together to make the University a better place for all."

*Chancellor's Award Recipient

Excellence in Academic Service

Randall Craig Reed Hoyt
Randall Craig
Reed Hoyt

Students participate in more than 200 student clubs and honor societies, and enjoy a busy calendar of campus events.