Outstanding Service Award

Shyree M. Sanan

Business/administrative associate, Division of Research and Graduate Studies

Shyree SananStaff in NIU’s Division of Research and Graduate Studies, like those across campus, are tackling the challenge “to do more with less” during difficult fiscal times.

Fortunately, this division counts Shyree M. Sanan and her “heart to serve” among its employees.

“Shyree has played a major role in developing innovative divisional strategies and structures that support efficiency without compromising productivity and stakeholder service,” says Lisa C. Freeman, vice president for Research and Graduate Studies. “The division … could not function effectively without Shyree Sanan. Her value cannot be overstated.”

“She has been the epitome of helpfulness,” adds Clyde Kimball, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus. “Shyree is always cordial – a wonderful characteristic for one handling so many diverse responsibilities – always helpful and always prompt.”

Colleagues praise her “quiet, efficient and professional demeanor” as well as her “skill, imagination, creativity and the deep-seated motivation to overcome problems.”

In her main role as business manager for the division, she helped to balance a once-in-the-red budget and interacts regularly with every department and college.

Sanan also provides personnel support to the Graduate School, Sponsored Projects, the Office of Research Compliance and several centers, institutes and external grants. She also serves as treasurer for the NIU Research Foundation.

Away from her job, she serves on the NIU Affirmative Action and Diversity Resource Committee. Locally, she is an active member of her church, where she is a member of the Altar Committee, secretary of the Ladies Ministry and co-leader of the Power of Two Marriage Ministry.