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. Two staff members received this tribute in 2011 for Excellence in Professional Service.

Holly Barker-FlynnHolly Barker-FlynnNYS Writers Institute

A product of SUNY, Holly Barker-Flynn joined UAlbany in 1985, initially as a Residence Hall Director. Through a series of positions he acquired broad administrative experience in the areas of facilities, operations, budget and finance, all of which prepared him for appointment as Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1999. In his current role, Steve serves as the College’s chief administrative officer, responsible for managing the College’s budget, financial and personnel matters. Steve also supervises staff in the Dean’s Office and regularly meets with clerical and professional staff across the College to provide a forum for questions and concerns as well as a platform for collaborative problem-solving. Steve is widely regarded as a role model for other fiscal managers and assistant deans on campus. He is committed, organized, dependable, great to work with, someone who “doesn’t just show up but often has a leadership role.”

In addition, Steve is a reliable volunteer, willing to serve in tasks that have no direct bearing on his assigned duties but benefit the University. His expertise and personality make him an attractive candidate for service on campus-wide search committees and professional development workshops and activities related to academic leadership, campus diversity and cultural issues. His experience and perspective as an end-user is highly valued by everyone involved in the development and improvement of core management systems.

The overall evidence for this nomination is marked by statements of admiration and respect for Holly Barker-Flynn’s extraordinary dedication, high degree of professionalism, and personal integrity and fairness. He is a perfect recipient of the 2010 Excellence Award for Professional Service.

Excellence in Professional Service

Suzanne Lance Holly Barker-Flynn

NYS Writers Institute
Holly Barker-Flynn
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