Suzie VanKrey Karlin, of Blacksburg, a program support technician senior in the Office of the Provost at Virginia Tech, received a 2005 President’s Award for Excellence.

The award recognizes selected staff and administrative faculty for their outstanding contributions to Virginia Tech. and nominations are received from all areas of the university recognizing excellence in the performance of job duties and responsibilities.. Recipients are selected by a committee of classified staff and administrative faculty appointed by the president.

Karlin, who came to Virginia tech in 1981 and has been with the Office of the Provost since 1993, provides the direct support to the promotion-and-tenure process at the university level and searches for senior-level appointments such as deans and vice presidents. She is willing to work evenings and weekends to accommodate short deadlines. She has improved the promotion-and-tenure process, including learning the way to and the arranging for the scanning of all the dossiers onto CD's and developing a new, detailed procedural manual of the process.

Karlin, formerly of Kimberly, Wis., single-handedly updates, validates, and documents the Faculty Handbook and, at her own request and beyond her job description, took a course to enable her to redesign the provost's web site, the university's diversity web site, web pages for prospective faculty, and the web site for the Faculty Senate. Taking on even more additional duties, Karlin redesigned the New Faculty Development Program. She has also participated in the Office managers Development Group sponsored by University Leadership Development.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become among the largest universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech's eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.


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