Outstanding Service Award

Kelly Stewart

Office Manager, Department of Operations Management and Information Systems

Questions in the Department of Operations Management and Information Systems are usually short-lived: Kelly Stewart will know the answer.

“Right when I set foot in our department almost 12 years ago, it was clear what an asset Kelly was to our unit,” says Charles Downing, a Presidential Teaching Professor in OMIS. “Whenever I asked my new colleagues a tough question, they would invariably say, ‘Go ask Kelly.’ After hearing that about 10 times, I began just going to Kelly first. She was then, and continues to be, the knowledge base of our department.”

Students in OMIS quickly learn that lesson as well.

“Kelly is always happy to help students and happy to support their organizations, causes and needs,” department chair Chang Liu says. “She has volunteered to help faculty advisers to handle membership applications and software checking-in and check-out. She helps order pizza and makes sure pizza delivery arrived.”

That commitment extends to Move-In Day each August, the subsequent College of Business “Hot Dog Day” and even with serving food in the college’s alumni tent at Homecoming. She helps organize open house activities, OMIS T-shirt Tuesdays, and “Meet the Firm Night” and “Meet the Faculty Night” events.

Sometimes, colleagues say, Stewart supplies the answers before being asked. During a recent faculty candidate search, she approached the committee chair with ideas to improve the process through technology.

Outside work, her community service includes collecting food for local pantries and helping to raise money for the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life.

Kelly Stewart