Outstanding Service Award

Lee Ann Henry

Lee Ann Henry

Lee Ann Henry's colleagues have a nickname for her:  Oz.  As in "The Wizard of ..."

Also know as the division's glue and the first and best source of information, Henry handles numerous responsibilities as administrative assistant to Vice President Michael P. Malone with ease and professionalism.

Her key role in the complex preparations for transporting hundreds of top donors to recent bowl games made her victorious with those constituents.

She also is happy to make the needs, problems and questions of others her priority, no matter if the task is stuffing holiday cards or wrapping presents.

"Lee Ann is the type of person who doesn't just tell people who they need to call for the answer; she tracks down the answer for them," advancement colleague Diane Johnson says.  "If asked for directions somewhere, Lee Ann won't simply tell you how to get there.  She will be walking beside you, making sure you reach your destination."

As the university's liaison to the NIU Annuitants Association, Henry maintains membership records for 1,250 retirees, 405 current employees and 152 spouses/partners.  She recruits new members, processes their applications and interacts on the groups' behalf with NIU's payroll department and the State Universities Annuitants Association.

The 14-year employee also served on the Presidential Commission on Persons with Disabilities and was a member of the Feb. 14 memorial committee.

In her hometown of Rochelle, she's active with the Ogle County Hospice Society and the local MS society, organizing a team of walkers called "Henry's Heroes."

April 2010