Penn State Greater Allegheny registrar receives University-wide award

Victoria Garwood, Penn State Greater Allegheny campus registrar, will be honored by Penn State University President Rodney Erickson on May 10 as a recipient of the University Staff Advisory Council Award for 2013.

The goal of the award is to recognize University staff members who go above and beyond their normal routines by resolving a particularly difficult dilemma, being exceptionally creative, or being responsive to the needs of others regardless of status.

Garwood graduated from Duquesne University with a bachelor of arts in political science and an master of science in counselor education. She was hired at Penn State Greater Allegheny in 2004 as the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) coordinator. In 2006, she was named campus registrar, while continuing to maintain the DUS coordinator role.  She also is the disability contact liaison for the campus.

Prior to coming to Penn State, Garwood was the assistant dean of Enrollment Services at Community College of Philadelphia. 

Garwood is an active member of the campus. She serves on the University's Enrollment Management Conference Planning Committee, chaired the 2013 Division of Undergraduate Studies Scholarship Selection Committee, and is a reader for The Mentor, an academic advising journal.  She participated in the business process redesign and Future State meetings conducted this past year as part of the University's work to replace its current mainframe student information system. She also serves as a member of the Penn State Greater Allegheny Honors Program committee. 

Garwood was completely surprised when notified of the award.  “The success of this campus, our students, and this university is very important to me. At the end of each day, if I can say I helped someone, I consider that a successful day,” she said. “When you find out that your colleagues are aware of your work, and appreciate it enough to nominate you for university-wide recognition, it is an incredibly humbling experience.”

Garwood lives in White Oak with her husband Donald and son Jacob. In the community, she is active in her parish, St. Angela Merici, where she teaches in the Christian Formation program and serves as a lector.  She is also involved with the McKeesport High School band, orchestra and guard boosters.

More information about this award can be found here

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Last Updated January 09, 2015