Morris honored with Donkin Award for setting example as liaison

March 19, 2009

Jennifer Morris, director of administrative services in the College of the Liberal Arts, is the winner of the 2009 McKay Donkin Award.

Established in 1969 in honor of the late McKay Donkin, who served as vice president and treasurer of the University from 1957 to 1968, the award is presented to a full-time member of the faculty or staff or to a retiree who has contributed most to the “economic, physical, mental or social welfare of the faculty” of the University. The contribution should be for duties or services above and beyond the recipient’s regularly assigned duties.

Since she joined the College’s staff in 1987, Morris has been a major force in building and managing the student records system and in building the College’s undergraduate advising system. She has worked with the faculty and advising staff at University Park and across the Penn State system to establish a seamless advising system for change-of-assignment students.

As staff liaison with the College’s curricular affairs committee, she has worked with faculty in curricular development, helping to shepherd new and revised courses and degree programs through the University Faculty Senate curricular affairs process. In her current position she serves as the College’s Human Resources director, assisting faculty on a wide range of issues, such as family leave, immigration and employee assistance.

“Jennifer succeeds in these tasks,” one nominator wrote, “because of her incomparable grasp of human nature. She reads situations and people superbly, and is not hesitant to advise or act.”

Last Updated March 19, 2009