Cathy Cradduck, Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships, recently received the Patricia S. Siebrasse Administrative Professionals Award for Excellence.
Colleagues say that during her long tenure at NIU, she has served as a model for operational efficiency and professional commitment. She started at NIU in 1989, working for Counseling and Student Development as a secretary. Since then, she has served as an administrative professional for many departments across campus, and has worked on ad-hoc projects for former NIU Presidents John LaTourette and John Peters.
“In a division with five other administrative professionals, Cathy is viewed as a leader,” wrote nominator Shannon Stoker, acting director of the Office of Research Compliance, Integrity and Safety.
Stoker added that Cradduck’s job requires her to juggle a large number of external communications, and that she does so with exceptional efficiency.
“Whether it be research mentors, outside labs or industry professionals, she never drops the ball and creates a smooth channel of communication,” Stoker said, adding that her skill also benefits internal communications. “NIU staff and faculty know Ms. Cradduck as an open and direct individual who ensures any issues they have will be addressed.”
In addition to being an essential part of her own department’s team, colleagues say that Cradduck is a dedicated and engaged member of the university community as well, having served in a number of voluntary roles across campus, and as a regular supporter of athletics, art programs, and external and community programs.
She was honored during the 20th annual Administrative Professionals Day Breakfast last month. Other nominees included: Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek, College of Law; Amy Simon, Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Vicky Vosburgh, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education.