Wilkes University


Wilkes University Recognizes Faculty and Staff With 2017 President’s Awards for Excellence

Five Wilkes University faculty and staff members were honored with the 2017 President’s Awards for Excellence. The awards, which were presented by President Patrick Leahy at the University’s fall convocation, recognize individuals who reflect excellence in their work at the University based on the University’s core values. This is the second year for the awards program.

Thomas Baldino, professor of political science, was the recipient of the President’s Award for excellence in scholarship for his efforts in advancing knowledge through discovery and research to better educate Wilkes constituents.

Thomas Baldino receives President's Award.

Thomas Baldino and President Patrick Leahy.

Charles Cary, executive director of facilities, received the President’s Award for excellence in innovation for his efforts in promoting programs, ideas, and sustainable practices. 

Charles Cary receives President's Award.

Charles Cary and President Patrick Leahy.

Mark Allen, dean of students and interim director of the honors program, was honored with the President’s Award for excellence in community for his efforts in collaborating with others on campus with mutual respect to foster a sense of belonging.

Mark Allen receives President's Award.

Mark Allen and President Patrick Leahy.

Marie Roke-Thomas, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, received the  President’s Award for excellence in mentoring for her efforts in nurturing individuals to understand and act on their abilities while challenging them to achieve great things.

Marie Roke-Thomas receives President's Award.

Marie Roke-Thomas and President Patrick Leahy.

Erica Acosta, associate director of diversity affairs, was honored with President’s Award for excellence in diversity for her efforts in embracing differences and uniqueness through sincerity, awareness, inclusion, and sensitivity.

Erica Acosta receives President's Award.

Erica Acosta and President Patrick Leahy.

University faculty or staff members can nominate anyone in the Wilkes community for the awards. The nominations are shared with senior administration for feedback, with the final recipients determined by the president.