Gary Gray Award for Service to the Council

Every year, the Supportive Professional Staff (SPS) Council gives a Gary Gray Award for Service to the Council to a council member. The award recognizes the individual's extraordinary service to the SPS Council and SPS personnel, as well as their contributions to shared governance at NIU.

Any currently serving SPS Council member is eligible for the award. Nominations may be made by current SPS Council members.

Award Recipients


  • Margaret Myles, College of Business, 2020
  • Linda Watson, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2019
  • Catherine Doederlein, Internships and External Relations, 2018
  • Steve Builta, College of Education, 2017
  • Kathy Smith, Human Resource Services, 2016
  • Melissa Burlingame, Outreach and Communications Specialist, Environmental Studies, 2015
  • Lesley Gilbert, Human Resource Services, 2014
  • Michael Stang, Department of Housing and Dining, 2013
  • Dana Gautcher, Office of Student Academic Success, 2012
  • Anne Hardy, Scholarship Office, 2012
  • Todd Latham, College of Education, 2011
  • Donna Smith, Provost, 2010
  • Rachel Xidis, University Relations, 2010
  • Bobbie Ceserek, Intercollegiate Athletics, 2009
  • Norden Gilbert, University Legal Services, 2008
  • Jonathan Ostenburg, Information Technology Services, 2008
  • Elizabeth Leake, Information Technology Services, 2007
  • Shey Lowman, Information Technology Services, 2006
  • Deborah Haliczer, Human Resource Services, 2005
  • Beverly Espe, University Health Services, 2004
  • Michael J. Spires, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 2004
  • Eric Hoffman, Department of English, 2003
  • Dan Turner, Orientation, 2003
  • Deborah Brue, College of Engineering, 2002
  • Jenine Polvsen, Judicial Office, 2001
  • Dan House, Institutional Research, 2000