Pusecker presented John Warren Award for excellence in leadership, service
1:44 p.m., June 12, 2014--Paul Pusecker, senior business officer for the College of Arts and Sciences, was presented the University of Delaware’s John Warren Excellence in Leadership and Service Award during a ceremony held Wednesday, June 11.
The Warren Award recognizes significant accomplishments and notable contributions in leadership by University supervisory staff. The award includes a $1,000 gift.
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“Paul Pusecker meets the qualifications and requirements for this prestigious award,” said Tom LaPenta, UD’s chief human resources officer. “He is directly involved in many projects that affect internal and external constituents around campus and exceeds expectations on every project he works on. It is clear that he is dedicated to the University and is always encouraging, motivating and works to improve existing policies and procedures.”
LaPenta said Pusecker’s work with the University’s new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE Lab) demonstrated “tremendous work ethic and dedication, by not only creating a positive and creative environment for students, but also working to complete the project on time and under budget.”
As the senior business officer for the College of Arts and Sciences, LaPenta said Pusecker plays a major role in many different administrative areas, including Facilities, Human Resources and Finance.
“Paul is described as someone who cares about people while being able to get the job done, no matter how demanding the challenge,” LaPenta said.
Doug Doren, the college’s senior associate dean for the natural sciences, was among several colleagues who nominated Pusecker for the award. “Paul is an innovator and a leader who makes everyone around him more effective,” Doren said.
“Paul Pusecker is our college’s de facto ombudsman,” added Debra Hess Norris, chair of the Department of Art Conservation. “He is a ‘servant’ leader who cares deeply about people across our campus.”
Kathleen Comisiak, director of Facilities Planning and Construction, said, “Mr. Pusecker’s ability to work with a variety of people is exemplary. He is genuine, personable and treats everyone with respect. His work directly and significantly advances the University’s mission as a major research university that is also dedicated to outstanding undergraduate education.”
George Watson, dean of the college, noted, “Paul Pusecker’s contributions to the University are above and beyond performance or job expectations, and contribute significantly to the college’s advancement of the University’s Path to Prominence.”
A second Warren Award for 2014 will be announced in August.
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