Service awards recognize longtime faculty and staff members

By Life@TheU

Service awards recognize longtime faculty and staff members

By Life@TheU
Honoring employees who have reached a service milestone of 25 years or more in 2020, the Long Service Awards Ceremony celebrated those who have dedicated many years to the University of Miami.

While 2020 left a lasting impression on the University community, it also marked a service milestone for many faculty and staff members who dedicated many years to growing and shaping the University of Miami. In recognition of those who have served the University for 25 milestone years or more, leaders and colleagues gathered to celebrate their work and share stories about their journeys during the Long Service Award Ceremony, held virtually on Tuesday, April 27. 

Passion, people, and hard work fuel long-term careers.

The celebration honored 175 faculty and staff members from across all campuses, some of whom began their time at the University more than 55 years ago. When asked what kept them at the University all these years and for some words of advice, a common thread emerged. Passion, hard work, and a connection to people cultivated their deep roots at the U.

Leaders across the University celebrate honorees.

Hosted by Human Resources, honorees were joined by University President Julio Frenk; Hilarie Bass, chair of the board of trustees; Patricia Whitely, senior vice president for Student Affairs; Dr. Dipen Parekh, chief operating officer of UHealth; Dr. Henri Ford, dean and chief academic officer for the Miller School of Medicine; Jacqueline Travisano, executive vice president for Business and Finance and chief operating officer; Joe Echevarria, chief executive officer for UHealth and executive vice president for Health Affairs; and Jeffrey Duerk, executive vice president for Academic Affairs and provost. 

Moderated by Greg Brenner, assistant vice president for HR's talent and organizational development, the virtual celebration buzzed with kudos on the zoom chat, as more than 300 employees gathered to recognize longtime service employees. 

While each of the honorees brought diverse backgrounds, unique career paths and experiences, their stories are intricately woven by their love for the University of Miami. Their contributions and successes have been integral to the University’s history and will continue to shape our future. View the full listing of 2020 honorees and follow Life@TheU in the coming weeks to hear more about their transformations during their time at the U.

 

Archival images from the Historical Photograph Collection, courtesy of University Archives, University of Miami Libraries.