University of New Mexico President Robert Frank, Provost Chaouki Abdallah and Staff Council President Reneé Delgado-Riley signed a memorandum of understanding setting up an annual award for outstanding supervisors.

The Outstanding Supervisor Awards will recognize staff and faculty supervisors who provide leadership in creating work environments that facilitate work/life balance, professional development and effective leadership.

The award, which will carry a cash stipend, is meant to be an annual recognition of mid-level supervisors who do a great job in supporting the overall university core purposes and values. The UNM Office of the President, the Office of Academic Affairs and the Health Sciences Center Office of the Chancellor will jointly fund the award.

Each year, recipients will be honored on or around National Bosses Day on Oct. 16. Recipients will receive plaques, a $1,000 cash award and a letter of appreciation for their personnel files.

Criteria for the awards are supervisors who:

  • Demonstrate and support work/life balance, professional development and effective leadership
  • Contribute to and demonstrate a commitment to the university’s core purpose and values
  • Creates a positive and motivating work environment

Outstanding supervisors will be nominated by UNM staff members for the award.

Completing the agreement was a priority for Delgado-Riley whose term ends this spring. It was one element in a five-year strategic plan endorsed by the UNM Staff Council at their April meeting.