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Former Business Officer Receives Betsy Faught Award

April 25, 2005

Barbara Stewart, former Business Officer of the department of sociology, has been awarded the 2005 Betsy Faught Award, which recognizes excellence and outstanding achievement in the management of general campus academic units. The award honors the memory of Betsy Faught, an exceptional department manager who adeptly and skillfully managed an academic program at UCSD for more than 20 years. The award is granted based on nominations from within the academic units and selection by a group of peers.

Stewart's service to the campus began over 35 years ago working in the UCSD Payroll Office, followed by positions at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and in the physics department and the Institute for Pure and Applied Physical Science (IPAPS). After a short period away from campus in the early 1980's, she returned to UCSD in 1986 to become Management Services Officer (MSO) of the department of Sociology. Joining a department in need of strong administrative leadership, Stewart transformed sociology's culture, building it into a department of well-trained staff with high morale, said Andrew Scull, chair of the department of sociology.

Serving the broader campus community, Stewart has mentored colleagues and subordinates, fostered collaborative approaches to problem solving, and sought to improve the university environment for staff, students, and faculty alike. She has been highly active on the campus level, serving on the Faculty Club board, as a University Hearing Officer and Fact Finder, as well countless other Academic Business Administrator (ABA) and campus committees. Stewart has also served the UC at large as a member of the system-wide Academic Business Officers Group (ABOG).

Stewart displays an "immense capacity for hard work, complete dedication to her department and campus, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to bring a task to successful completion..," said Scull. "Her consistent level of commitment to the university has inspired others to levels of performance they otherwise might not have achieved."

Stewart will be honored by the ABA at a special recognition ceremony on May 4, 2005.




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