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The 2005 Staff Excellence Award will be presented to Robert C. Meyer, associate director of contracts in the Eberly College of Science at Penn State University Park.

Established in 1993, this award recognizes the consistently outstanding performance of a staff member who has demonstrated and practiced the philosophy of continuous quality improvement, team spirit and managerial excellence in the performance of assigned duties, and who has provided leadership in establishing a quality service orientation, so as to benefit his or her unit and the University.

Hailed for his unsurpassed leadership, expertise and efficient and tireless service, Meyer is described by his colleagues as "willing to meet unreasonable demands." Nominators say he is "widely recognized, on campus and off, for his knowledge, for excellence and innovation, for his high ethical standards and for his guidance of his very efficient staff."

A Penn State employee of 38 years, Meyer has been in his current position for 14 years and is a leader among the University's college research administrators. As head of the Eberly College of Science Research Office, he is responsible for pre- and post-award management of restricted accounts and has responsibility for processing proposals and awards for sponsored programs for all faculty in the college. His office is held up across campus as a model for excellence, efficiency and teamwork.

A member of the original team that implemented the Penn State Purchasing Card, Meyer also was instrumental in the formation of the Administrative Committee on Research (ACOR). He currently is on the Penn State Travel Task Force helping to implement ways to streamline reimbursement for travel while monitoring conformance to federal travel guidelines.

He serves on national committees in the area of research administration—mentoring and advising those at other universities. For 10 years, he has been involved with the Federal Demonstration Partnership, implementing nation-wide changes aimed at streamlining the research administration process. He also is a member of the Society of Research Administrators International and serves as Penn State's representative to the Big Ten Business Officers for Sponsored Projects.

[Karen Zitomer]

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