September 10, 2012

Dr. Maggie Schultz Wins Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

(BUFFALO, N.Y. – Sept. 13, 2012) Mary Margaret (Maggie) Schultz, director of academic review at SUNY Empire State College’s Niagara Frontier Center, has received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

Marjorie Lavin, Maggie Schultz and Nan DiBello at luncheon honoring Schultz winning the 2012 chancellor's award for excellence

Left to right: Marjorie Lavin, Maggie Schultz, Nan DiBello

‌Schultz was presented with her award on Sept. 4 at a lunch ceremony at the college’s Niagara Frontier Center by Marjorie Lavin, the college’s vice provost for academic development.

The Chancellor's Awards for Excellence are SUNY system-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide systemwide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence.

“Maggie Schultz’s work is core to our educational enterprise,” said Acting President Meg Benke. “She is a leader whose efforts enhance and maintain the integrity of the college’s individualized degree programs and prior-learning assessment process. She is a dedicated professional whose knowledge has aided in the creation of collegewide policies related to program design and student success. This prestigious award is well earned and I share the pride and satisfaction of the greater college and SUNY communities as I offer Maggie contratulations.”

"Dr. Schultz is a terrific resource for faculty and staff at the Niagara Frontier Center and across the college, and she has played a leadership role among the college’s directors of academic review and on college-wide governance committees,” said Niagara Frontier Center Dean Nan DiBello. “Maggie is an excellent example of the successful combination of skill, collegiality, and professionalism.”

“I have worked with Dr. Schultz since the 1990s and have been consistently impressed with her capacity to analyze issues and come up with workable solutions, whether she is assisting individual students or contributing to academic policy development at the college level,” said Lavin. “She combines solid academic judgment with deep commitment to the success of adult students.”

“Receiving the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence is an honor and one of the highlights of my academic career,” said Schultz. “I am very grateful for the support of my collegeages and I am proud of the work we have done to support students and to help them achieve their goals.”

About Maggie Schultz

In her position as director of academic review, Schultz has refined the complex degree-planning and assessment process to expedite faculty review of students’ degree-plan portfolios. She also assists students in understanding the program-design process by facilitating workshops and creating appropriate materials to aid them in this pivotal activity. In addition, she has initiated training workshops for evaluators of prior-learning assessment. 

Schultz is well respected by her colleagues for her depth and breadth of expertise. Prior to her current position, she was a mentor at the college and she brings the perspective of an academic to her work.

Schultz serves on the Center Academic Planning and Review Committee and is a frequent contributor to the college’s residency programs.

Schultz holds a Ph.D. in philosophy in organization, administration and policy from the School of Education at SUNY Buffalo, a Master of Social Work from St. Louis University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from D’Youville College.

About the Awards

The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are presented annually to faculty and staff in six categories: faculty service, librarianship, professional service, scholarship and creative activities, teaching and classified service.

The honor provides SUNY systemwide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and encourages the ongoing pursuit of excellence. Through these awards, SUNY publicly proclaims its pride in the accomplishment and personal dedication of its instructional faculty, librarians and staff across its 64 campuses and system administration.

Individuals selected for this honor are role models within the SUNY community. In acknowledgment of their selection, recipients are recognized in the college catalog by the addition of the phrase "State University Chancellor's Award for Excellence in [category].” A certificate and a Chancellor’s Excellence Medallion also are bestowed upon each honoree to commemorate selection. Recipients are honored by their respective campuses during commencement exercises, at academic convocations, or other special events hosted in their honor.