Regents' Outstanding Employee Awards


2018 Recipients

The University of Texas at Arlington

  • Jeff Johnson, Director, Facilities Management Administration
  • Molly Albart, Director for Assessment and Student Success Programs, Student Affairs

The University of Texas at Austin

  • Armando Blanco, Supervisor, Production Management and Construction Services
  • Mark-Anthony Zuniga, Academic Advisor, College of Fine Arts
  • Athena Reynolds, Associate Director, Budget Office

The University of Texas at Dallas

  • Nora Hernandez, Academic Advisor III, School of Economic Political and Policy Sciences
  • David Taylor, Lab Manager, Department of Physics

The University of Texas at El Paso

  • Alberto "Beto" Lopez, Assistant VP - Institutional Advancement, Events and University Relations
  • Azuri Gonzalez, Director, Center for Civic Engagement

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

  • Joe Sanders, University Registrar, Registrar's Office

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

  • Dalyn Ruiz, Campus Affairs Coordinator, University Events
  • Barbara Garza, Director of P-16 Initiatives, Office P-16 Outreach

The University of Texas at San Antonio

  • John Shaffer, Associate Director, Graduate Student Success and Professional Development, The Graduate School
  • Brent Tyroff, Senior Electrician III, Operations and Maintenance

The University of Texas at Tyler

  • Jason DiStefano, Laboratory/Technical Services Supervisor, Lecturer, Chemistry and Biochemistry

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

  • Misty Ottman, Program Manager - Research, Emergency Medicine
  • Arthur Lupkowski, Human Resources Assistant III, Human Resources

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

  • Gloria Matthews, Business Administrator, Pediatrics-Endocrinology
  • JoAnn Lieberman, Academic Programs Coordinator, Pediatrics – Housestaff

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler

  • Christiana Guthrie, Respiratory Clinic Education Coordinator, Pulmonary Clinic

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

  • Carol Wildrick, Clinical Nurse, Outpatient
  • Laura Wiedemann, Child Life Specialist, Pediatrics
  • Pamela (Sat-Siri) Sumler, Massage Therapist, Integrative Medicine Center

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

  • Scott Woodby, Nurse Clinician V, Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) and Cardiac Care Unit (CCU)
  • Chad Connally, Nursing Program Manager, Emergency Services – Administration
  • Mike Mastrangelo, Program Director, Institutional Preparedness, Facilities Risk Management

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

  • Tomas Armendariz, Manager Nursing, AS Neurosciences
  • Wendy Bishop, Department Administrator, Clinical Sciences
  • Julia Rand, Certified Medical Office Assistant, DS Imaging

The University of Texas System Administration

  • Herman "Hank" Wilke, Senior Construction Inspector, Office of Facilities Planning and Construction


In November 2016, The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved the establishment of the Regents’ Outstanding Employee Award (ROEA).   This award was created to recognize full-time, benefits eligible, non-faculty employees that have shown outstanding performance, innovation, enthusiasm and dedication in their job.  Equal consideration is made to employees across all job categories.  Selection is based on the impact the employee has made on their individual job and how this impact has helped improve their institution.

Thirty awards are given out each year across the fourteen UT System institutions plus the UT System Administration.  The winners receive a Chancellor’s challenge coin, a certificate, a $10,000 monetary award and an invitation for the awardee and a guest to a luncheon ceremony in Austin.  This year's award ceremony took place on May 14, 2018.

The Nomination Process

The candidate selection is a rigorous campus-based process relying heavily on peer staff and manager evaluations within all departments followed by various stages of evaluation at the department and college/division levels. A call for nominations is sent out in October. Each institution will develop the internal process required to determine the finalists. Each application packet should include the completed Regents’ Outstanding Employee Award Nomination Form and three letters of support from key individuals that include employee’s contributions in the following areas:

  • Superior performance
  • Outstanding customer service
  • Acts that enhance the image of the institution and/or community outreach.
  • Teamwork

Selection Criteria

Award nominees must have been employed by their local institution for at least the past two consecutive years.  They must be in good standing from their most recent performance evaluation, reflected by a score of “Meets Expectations” or higher.  They must have clearly demonstrated high levels in the areas outlined in the Nomination Process.  To be eligible to receive the monetary award, selected candidates must be employed at the nominating University of Texas institution as of the date of the distribution of the awards.

Selection Process

Upon receiving the nominations from each campus, The University of Texas System Employee Advisory Council reviews and recommends applications to a selection committee comprised of UT System Administration executive officers who are appointed by the Deputy Chancellor.  

Questions regarding the Regents’ Outstanding Employee Award may be directed to: