Nominations sought for UW Administrative Improvement Award

The following is a message from the Office of the Chancellor:

We encourage you to nominate members of the UW-Madison campus community for the 2016 Administrative Improvement Award. The award recognizes exceptional performance in administrative roles supporting academics, research, student services, outreach or administration.

This awards program acknowledges that our students’ success is supported by the operations and administration of the university. Such efforts are critical to UW-Madison’s mission and are very much appreciated.

The Administrative Improvement Award is intended to recognize outstanding work in process redesign/development or customer service/delivery that resulted in improved efficiency, increased revenue channels, cost savings and/or improved service delivery. It also emphasizes collaborative work.

Among the criteria for evaluating nominees are:

  • Time was taken to identify and understand the needs of the people to whom  the nominee provides service
  • Data were gathered and used in decision-making
  • Results were measured
  • A plan was established to sustain improvements

All current UW-Madison employees serving in an administrative role that supports student services, research, academics and administration are eligible for the award if they are:

  • Academic Staff
  • University Staff
  • Faculty
  • Student Employees
  • Employees who contribute to administrative duties
  • Employees who contribute to student services

Nominees can be an individual or a team. Submissions for individuals may reference multiple examples that demonstrate a sustained focus on administrative improvement. Anyone on campus may submit a nomination(s). However, self-nominations – either from an individual or a member of a team – will not be accepted.

The nomination form and guidelines are available online at and the nomination deadline is March 31, 2016. This year’s awards will be presented at a special campus ceremony to be scheduled near the end of the spring semester.

If you have any questions about the Administrative Improvement Award, please contact Scott Hildebrand, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, at

Thank you again, and we look forward to your participation in this meaningful awards program.

Rebecca M. Blank

Sarah Mangelsdorf

Darrell Bazzell
Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration