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Stafford Presidential Award of Excellence

Dear Colleagues:

Earlier today on my open call with faculty and staff, it was my privilege to announce the 2021 Stafford Presidential Award of Excellence recipients, and I would like to share this good news with those who were unable to participate. 

This award was established to recognize an outstanding member of the University staff for his or her tireless efforts, dedication, creativity, and evident commitment to supporting and enhancing Monmouth. Ten individuals were nominated this year, and it is so gratifying to announce that there are two deserving recipients during such a challenging and unpredictable year – Kathy Maloney, Director of Health Services, and Harold Hillyard, Assistant Director of Residential Life.

Kathy was nominated for her passion and dedication to the Monmouth community. She worked non-stop during the pandemic – seven days a week – identifying COVID-19 positives and working with various local, state, and federal agencies in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, she collaborated with her colleagues to institute efficient procedures for testing and contact tracing.

Harold’s nomination noted his exceptional commitment and devotion to our community during a challenging year. He worked directly with Kathy and took the lead on the COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Response Team where he facilitated an on-call rotation, developed efficient contact tracing methods, and served as a liaison between the Health Center and the student body. 

Both Kathy and Harold have been very instrumental in helping to navigate our University through the challenges of the pandemic, and I am grateful to them for their support and service to our community. Please join me in congratulating Kathy and Harold on receiving this prestigious award.



Dr. Patrick F. Leahy