Past President’s Awards for Excellence Recipients

2019 President's Awards for Excellence

Six Wilkes University faculty and staff members were honored with the 2019 President’s Awards for Excellence at Fall Convocation on August 21, 2019:

  • Abas Sabouni, associate professor of electrical engineering - President's Award for Excellence in Scholarship
  • Heather Bowman, electronic resources librarian - President's Award for Excellence in Innovation
  • Joshua Savitski, associate director of enrollment services - President's Award for Excellence in Innovation
  • Mildred Urban, associate director of special events - President's Award for Excellence in Community
  • Heather Sincavage, director of the Sordoni Art Gallery and assistant professor of art - President's Award for Excellence in Diversity
  • Debra Chapman, faculty of practice in the biology department - President's Award for Excellence in Mentoring

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2018 President's Awards for Excellence


Five Wilkes University faculty and staff members were honored with the 2018 President’s Awards for Excellence at Fall Convocation on August 22, 2018:

  • Zbigniew J. Witczak, professor and chair of pharmaceutical sciences - President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship
  • Kathleen Hirthler, associate professor and chair of graduate nursing programs - President’s Award for Excellence in Innovation
  • Melissa Howells, director of student development - President’s Award for Excellence in Community
  • Deborah Tindell, professor of psychology - President’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring
  • Evene Estwick, associate professor of communication studies - President’s Award for Excellence in Diversity

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2017 President's Awards for Excellence

Five Wilkes University faculty and staff members were honored with the 2017 President’s Awards for Excellence at Fall Convocation on August 24, 2017:

  • Thomas Baldino, professor of political science - President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship
  • Charles Cary, executive director of facilities - President’s Award for Excellence in Innovation
  • Mark Allen, dean of students - President’s Award for Excellence in Community
  • Marie Roke-Thomas, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences - President’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring
  • Erica Acosta, associate director of diversity affairs - President’s Award for Excellence in Diversity

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2016 President's Awards for Excellence

The inaugural President’s Awards for Excellence were presented to five Wilkes University faculty and staff members at Fall Convocation in 2016. The honorees were:

  • Michael Steele, professor of biology - President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship, for his efforts in advancing knowledge through discovery and research to better educate students
  • John Carlin, director of network and technology infrastructure - President’s Award for Excellence in Innovation, for his efforts in promoting programs, ideas and sustainable practices as they relate to rebuilding a computer network in unheralded ways
  • Addy Malatesta, director of athletics - President’s Award for Excellence in Community, for her efforts in appreciating and collaborating with mutual respect to foster a sense of belonging on campus
  • Lt. Col. Mark Kaster, lecturer in environmental engineering and earth science and veteran’s counselor - President’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring, for his efforts in nurturing individuals to understand and act on their abilities while challenging them to achieve great things
  • Helen Davis, associate professor of English - President’s Award for Excellence in Diversity, for her efforts in embracing differences and uniqueness through sincerity, awareness, inclusion and sensitivity