Outstanding Service Award

Pat Erickson

Office Administrator, Office of the University Council

Pat Erickson

Pat Erickson has been described as “exceptional” and the “consummate professional.”

For this office administrator, it’s all in a day’s work.

“Pat brings a level of professionalism, dedication and creativity to this position that is unprecedented,” said Alan Rosenbaum, former executive secretary of the University Council and president of the Faculty Senate. “One of the complications of her position is that there is no routine assignment; instead, there are a multitude of activities that are spread across the year, each of which must be tracked and initiated at the proper time.”

Erickson handles the complications with ease, and does so with a smile.

“Her moral compass, good sense of humor, wise perspective and cordiality have made her well respected by all who have the chance to interact with her,” said Professor William Pitney, current executive secretary of the University Council and president of the Faculty Senate. “She is a joy to work with.”

Her dedication to her work and to NIU is impressive, and so is her commitment to the community. She is an active member of her church and has been a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for more than a decade.

“Pat is fully engaged in her job,” Pitney said, “within the university and within the community.”