Outstanding Service Award

Brenda Hart

Office Administrator, Department of Marketing

Brenda Hart

Brenda Hart’s middle name isn’t “organization,” but don’t tell that to colleagues in the Department of Marketing who describe her as “exemplary,” “superb” and a “professional multitasker.”

The office administrator, a 12-year NIU employee who took her current job five years ago, is regarded as excellent in planning activities while continually accepting “more and more” duties without additional compensation.

Her long list of coordination responsibilities includes the scheduling of courses, the department’s awards ceremony, luncheons for current students and prospective ones, the Student Appreciation Hot Dog Day, the holiday food drive, student evaluations of faculty and the work schedules of graduate assistants.

And that’s only scratching the surface for the employee known for her outgoing personality, optimistic nature and strong work ethic – and for “always going the extra mile.”

“Brenda is a major reason that I hear so many people that the Marketing Department is simply one of the best places to work on campus,” said Tim Aurand, the James E. Thompson Professor of Marketing.

“We’ve come to take Brenda’s leadership for granted,” Aurand added. “Simply put, when Brenda is involved, things just get done properly, on time and within budget.”

Hart has served as president of the College of Business Staff Council, advises the dean on issues and policies regarding support staff and is a member of the college’s Strategic Planning Council.

Outside of work, she has volunteered with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children), Hospice, the Northern Illinois Food Bank and the DeKalb County Industrial Management Association.