The Administrative Professionals Advisory Council presented the 2020 Patricia S. Siebrasse Administrative Professionals Award for Excellence to Liz Wright, executive assistant for the Office of the President. The annual award is given to an administrative professional at NIU who demonstrates continued commitment to their field, operational efficiency within their organization and meaningful contributions to the university.
Liz Wright is described as a forward thinker, a mindful individual and a kind heart. Her nominator said, “Without a question, Liz is the type of employee that pitches in wherever needed, adds to the ability for a person to grow while growing herself, seeks information when necessary and needed, and provides support to our entire campus, no matter what her role.”
Wright joined the university in 2005 as a research assistant in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (now the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships). In 2006 she became the administrative assistant for Vice President Rathindra Bose, who led the office at the time. Since then, Wright has continued working as an administrative assistant for the Office of the Vice President and Provost and the Office of the President.
“My respect and admiration for her talent, work ethic and commitment to excellence have increased over time—and that’s saying a lot because I was impressed with Liz immediately upon meeting her,” said President Lisa Freeman. “I am not exaggerating when I say that meeting Liz during the interview process influenced my decision to join NIU.”
Wright is grateful for the recognition and support she has received from colleagues.
“I am so honored to win an award that recognizes the excellent contributions of administrative professionals across campus,” said Wright. “I feel incredibly grateful for the kind words expressed by those that nominated and supported me for this award.”
Wright was among five administrative professionals to be nominated for this year’s award. Other nominees included Patricia Fisher, administrative assistant for Student Affairs; Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek, administrative aide for the College of Law; Vicky Vosburgh, administrative aide for the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education; and Debra Woolbright, office manager for the Department of Economics.
“As an administrative professional, I know that any success I have had is a direct result of our administrative professional network and the help of colleagues across campus at all levels within our organization,” said Wright. “My sincere congratulations to my excellent colleagues who were also nominated for this award and recognized for their contributions.”
Below is a video recording of the virtual awards ceremony.