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 2009 for Excellence in Professional Service.

Beth QuackenbushBeth Quackenbush, Research Foundation

Ms. Quackenbush has contributed to the University over more than two decades through a series of assignments with the SUNY Research Foundation, culminating in her most recent appointment as Research Administrator in UAlbany's Office for Sponsored Programs. In this role she is responsible for managing a large portfolio of grant and contract applications and awards, for negotiating awards and agreements, and for facilitating the administration of grants by keeping faculty advised of sponsor and institutional policies and procedures. After earning her B.S. in economics, Ms. Quackenbush was initially appointed to a series of clerk titles at SUNY Central Administration, leading ultimately to her first professional position in 1996, as a Grant Administrator on the UAlbany campus. She served briefly in 1998 as Project Staff Assistant with the SUNY Center for Academic and Workforce Development, returning to UAlbany in 1999 as a Research Administrator. Several have observed that the mix of perspectives Ms. Quackenbush acquired in these different positions contributes to her effectiveness in her present post, in which she serves approximately 120 faculty members appointed to departments and research centers associated with UAlbany's College of Arts and Sciences, together with other University–wide institutes. These faculty members generate approximately 150 grant applications and receive approximately 100 awards annually, comprising 20% of the campus's total submissions and awards. Appreciation for an uncommonly strong professional service ethic comes through in all the commentary accompanying this nomination. In addition, Ms. Quackenbush is praised for her consummate professional skill, patience, organization, and calm grace under pressure. We are pleased to recognize this extraordinary contribution with the 2009 President's Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

Excellence in Professional Service

Janice Bogan Winifred Kutchukian Corinna Ripps Schaming Beth Quackenbush
Janice Bogan
Division of Research
Winifred Kutchukian
University Libraries
Corinna Ripps Schaming
Art Museum
Beth Quackenbush
Research Foundation

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