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 2008 for Excellence in Professional Service.

Ronald ThomasRonald Thomas*, Telecommunications

Mr. Ronald Thomas is Staff Associate and Telecommunications Project Manager for Information Technology Services at UAlbany. He is responsible for telecommunications in building construction and rehabilitation projects involving the movement of five or more staff on Albany's three campuses. The work is incredibly time-consuming, meticulous, and detail-oriented, requiring a large amount of coordination with end-users, vendors, and others responsible for facilities, budget, environmental safety, University code enforcement, and telecommunications. Ron is known and respected for developing and maintaining highly productive relationships with all these partners, as well as for a can-do style and special gift for lowering the stress levels often associated with selecting and installing highly sophisticated communications technologies throughout the institution's built environment. This past year, on top of his usual assignments, Mr. Thomas was asked to manage the move to the vendor Apogee in providing wired and wireless internet access for the 7200 students in residence at UAlbany. He was voted MVP at the conclusion of the project since everyone recognized that the campus would not have been ready for Apogee service in August without Ron's dedication and efforts. One of the colleagues who wrote on behalf of this nomination concluded "I consider Ron a good role model for other IT professionals because he is adept and comfortable in customer situations and with technical requirements."

*Chancellor's Award Recipient

Excellence in Professional Service

Linda Krzykowski Candace Merbler Ronald Thomas
Linda Krzykowski
School of Business
Candace Merbler
University Libraries
Ronald Thomas

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