The State University of New York has honored Theresa Monroe with a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Services.
The Excellence in Classified Services award is presented annually to members of the classified staff at SUNY campuses who demonstrate consistently superior professional achievement and who support SUNY’s commitment to supporting students and serving the public good.
Monroe started at SUNY New Paltz in 1991 and served as a full time secretary 1 until her 2018 retirement from her role in the Office of Residence Life. She returned to campus during the 2018-19 academic year on a part-time basis to help acclimate her successor and ensure a successful transition for students and colleagues.
Monroe’s nominators unanimously described her as an upstanding and exemplary role model for students. Her supervisor stated that “her level of dedication, service and compassion is unrivaled,” and noted that Monroe has enhanced the experiences of thousands of students and family members over the course of her tenure.
She was frequently described as a core ambassador for the positive culture and working environment in Residence Life, with the rare ability to improve anyone’s day with a simple word or gesture.