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Stafford Presidential Award of Excellence

Dear Colleagues:

It is customary to recognize those members of our community who are retiring, celebrating milestone anniversaries, or receiving an award at the Awards and Recognition Luncheon in May.  Due to the current crisis we are unable to be together and are postponing the event until further notice. 

I announced the 2020 Stafford Presidential Award of Excellence recipient on Friday, May 8 during the conference call and would like to share the good news with those who were unable to participate.  The award was established to recognize an outstanding member of the University staff or administrators for his/her tireless efforts, dedication, creativity, and evident commitment to supporting and enhancing Monmouth. 

Fourteen individuals were nominated this year, and it is very gratifying to know that we care so much for the good work of our colleagues. It gives me great pleasure to announce Amanda Klaus, Executive Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving, as the 2020 Stafford Presidential Award of Excellence recipient.  

Amanda was nominated for her deep passion and dedication to Monmouth University.  Amanda’s role with our Alumni provides her with the opportunity for making lasting relationships.  However, beyond that role, she has been active with our current students as a club advisor and has chaperoned a service-learning trip to Haiti.  She also serves on the Strategic Plan Steering Committee and leads the President’s Relief Fund team. 

Please join me in congratulating Amanda on receiving this prestigious award.



Dr. Patrick F. Leahy