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Two UTA employees named to inaugural class of UT System regents' outstanding employees

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 • Media Contact: Herb Booth

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Two University of Texas at Arlington staff members are part of the 30-member inaugural class of UT System Regents’ Outstanding Employee Award.

Molly Albart, director of Student Success, Planning and Assessment for the Division of Student Affairs, and Jeff Johnson, director of Maintenance Operations and Special Projects, will be honored at a May 14 special ceremony and luncheon in Austin at The Driskill Hotel.

Molly Albart

Molly Albart

“I am honored and humbled by this award and extremely grateful for my amazing colleagues at UTA with whom I get to work each day,” said Albart, who has been at UTA since 2000. “I could not do my job without their support and collaboration. I am proud to be part of the Maverick family and look forward to continuing to work hard for our students' success.”

Johnson, who has been at the university since 1994, said he was surprised when notified of the award.

Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

“It’s an honor to be selected out of so many other possible nominees,” Johnson said. “UT Arlington has always been much more to me than just a job. I have always strived to meet the needs of our students, faculty and staff. Without my staff behind me, I would have never received this award. Working as a team anything is achievable here at UT Arlington.”

UTA President Vistasp Karbhari said UTA is “blessed to have tremendously dedicated and talented staff who work tirelessly to ensure that our students receive the very best educational experiences possible. I’m extremely grateful to each of them for their commitment to our university and its mission. Jeff Johnson and Molly Albart are exemplars of the excellence of our staff. Each of them has not only shown considerable leadership in taking service to our students and the institution to extremely high levels of excellence but they also have shown initiative, drive and the ability to enhance the workplace environment, enabling others who work with them to also do their very best.”

Bill Poole, assistant vice president for Facilities and Campus Operations, said the award reflects very highly on the entire staff.

“Jeff was nominated for his contributions to UTA over the past 24 years, and his untiring dedication to making UTA an outstanding facility, reflecting his concern for making the campus the best possible for the students, faculty and staff,” Poole said.

Lisa Nagy, vice president for Student Affairs, said Molly is very deserving of the award.

“She is so tied into the very fabric that makes up UTA,” Nagy said. “Molly is dedicated to using whatever means available to ensure student success. She knows that for each student, a different method might work and produce results.”

Karbhari said he also congratulates each staff member who was nominated.

“Although they were not selected for the award, each of them is a winner in my mind,” Karbhari said. “On behalf of all of us at UTA I’d like to thank them for their contributions to the university. We are making spectacular progress on our journey to being the model 21st Century Urban Research University because of each of them.”

The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved the establishment of the Regents’ Outstanding Employee Award in November 2016. This award was created to recognize full-time, benefits eligible, non-faculty employees that have shown outstanding performance, innovation, enthusiasm and dedication in their job. 

Thirty awards are given out each year across the 14 UT System institutions plus the UT System Administration. Winners receive a Chancellor’s challenge coin, a certificate, a $10,000 monetary award and an invitation for the awardee and a guest to a luncheon ceremony in Austin.

The candidate selection is a rigorous campus-based process relying heavily on peer staff and manager evaluations within all departments followed by various stages of evaluation at the department and college/division levels.