Outstanding Service Award

Chris Atherton

Administrative Assistant, Office of the Provost

Chris Atherton

Chris Atherton rolls with the punches. When things change in the workplace and job responsibilities evolve, she not only adapts, she thrives.

“Those of us that have the pleasure to work with her know how extraordinary she is,” said Celeste Latham, associate vice president for Human Resource Services. “She is organized, focused and is one of the most amazing people who anticipates needs and plans ahead. Above all, she is a friend and a colleague that people can rely on.”

Lisa Freeman said when she took on the role of interim executive vice president and provost in October, 2013, Atherton helped her “to hit the ground running.”

“She took on additional responsibilities without being asked to ensure that the Provost Office continued to run smoothly,” said Freeman, executive vice president and provost. “She has been able to affect change, because she is a trusted colleague and collaborator within the Provost Office and across campus.”

Colleagues praise her for her dedication, professionalism and strong work ethic. Her numerous contributions are not limited to her department, but expand to the university as a whole. She works well with employees of every level at the university, from students to senior administrators.

Away from work, she is actively involved in the community, as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of DeKalb County and the DeKalb affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. She also serves on DeKalb’s planning and zoning commission.

“Since she arrived at NIU, her care and concern for students, faculty, staff and the community has been evident,” Freeman said.