Collins named President’s Employee of the Year

System Staff Council celebrates outstanding colleagues via virtual event
By Staff

President's Employee of the Year winner Elizabeth Collins with her husband, Rob.
President's Employee of the Year winner Elizabeth Collins with her husband, Rob.

Elizabeth Collins, associate vice president of University Relations, is the 2020 President's Employee of the Year.

Collins received the award Wednesday during a virtual event hosted by System Staff Council.

President Mark Kennedy
President Mark Kennedy

“Recognizing the great work of CU employees is one of the best parts of my job,” said CU President Mark Kennedy, who thanked all the staff members recognized. “I’m grateful and deeply impressed by your outstanding service.”

Among the comments about Collins from colleagues who nominated her:

  • “With a tremendous work ethic, a deep and thorough knowledge of her field and her constituents and a great attitude, Elizabeth brings tremendous value to her coworkers and to the university. I trust her knowledge, her instincts and her intentions.”
  • “Elizabeth is a critical component of some of the most important events the university hosts, and she quite simply makes CU look good at every turn.”

Elizabeth Collins

Collins welcomed several members of her family to the virtual event, thanking them for their support. She also praised colleagues across the university, and thanked System Staff Council for the honor.

“I feel very blessed and very moved,” Collins said.

System Staff Council also recognized the other nominees for the President’s Employee of the Year Award:

Shirley Eaves, University Information Services: “Serving as an Application Administrator, Shirley is an integral part of the Service Desk Team. She has quickly garnered respect from everyone she meets because of her can-do demeanor and her vast technical skillset.”

Ashley Frakes, Employee Services: “Over the years, Ashley has been thrown new tasks and taken them on with grace and excitement. She comes to work every day with a bright attitude and desire to support our team.”

Adam Newby, University Information Services: “Year-round, Adam successfully manages a large and complex infrastructure environment for CU with flawless execution, attention to detail, and consistently delivering on key tasks early.”

Annalissa Philbin, Office of University Counsel: “In addition to her amazing legal skills, she is also a wonderful team player and is always willing to help when needed. She takes customer service to another level with her ‘can do’ and positive attitude.”

William Shelby, University Information Systems: “Regardless of the hours being put in, he continues to bring a positive attitude and energy to his team, UIS, and those customers he loves serving.”

Linda Warren, University Information Systems: “Customers love Linda’s way of working, her willingness to put the time and effort into providing UIS Customers with best possible solutions.”