Professional Staff Council
John Paul Mees Award for Outstanding Professional Staff
To recognize excellence among University of Central Missouri’s many exceptional professional staff members, the Professional Staff Council created the John Paul Mees Award for Outstanding Professional Staff. Each year, this award is bestowed upon a current professional staff member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to University of Central Missouri, their community, professional activities, and service to students. This award was named for Dr. John Paul Mees who embodied the above four criteria. Dr. Mees, who was affectionately known as J.P., began his employment at University of Central Missouri in 1988 as Executive Assistant to the President and Professor of Education. In 1994, he became Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs after serving in this position on an interim basis for a year. He was named to his final post, Vice President of Planning and Policy/Executive Assistant to the President, in 1998. Dr. Mees, passed away suddenly while serving in this role. To quote President Bobby Patton: “J.P. was an extremely dedicated and motivated employee of the University. He was always a good listener and attentive to others. He was a person who truly liked people and let that be known. Everyone felt valued and appreciated when working with J.P. He was a man with extremely high values and someone you could always trust. J.P. was active in the community both on and off campus. He always had a warm smile and a friendly handshake for everyone he met. He valued his family and was truly a caring person. In summary, J.P. was the sort of person that everyone enjoyed being with, who could make even difficult situations more bearable and affirmed the highest human values.”
2003 Walt Hicklin
2004 Mary Alice Lyon
2005 Mike Jeffries
2006 Jim Piatt
2007 Dale Carder
2008 Carole Nimmer
2009 Beth Rutt
2010 Brenda Moeder
2011 Karen Hibdon
2012 John Culp
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To nominate a current member of University of Central Missouri’s professional staff, for the John Paul Mees Award for Outstanding Professional Staff, please follow the instructions below.
- Determine if the nominee is willing to be nominated for this prestigious award.
- Nominations must be received by Jenne Vanderbout, Smiser Alumni Center, by 5:00 pm March 15, 2013. Nominations may also be emailed to email@example.com and should contain the two supporting letters as well as the fully completed Nomination Form.
- ANY member of the University of Central Missouri community (faculty, staff, emeriti or students) may submit nominations.
- The nominator must complete the Nomination Form explaining how the nominee has demonstrated outstanding commitment in all five areas: the University, their community, professional activities, service to students, and offices/positions held by the nominee during their employment at Central Missouri.
- Two supporting letters must accompany the Nomination Form. These supporting letters can be from faculty, staff, emeriti, students, or community members. Each letter should be substantial (a minimum of one page), but must not exceed four pages in length.
- After review by the Professional Staff Council President, all complete nominations will be forwarded to the Professional Staff Council Human Resources Committee for selection of the recipient. The award will be presented at the Professional Staff Breakfast, Thursday, April 18, 2013.
- Individuals may receive this award once during their employment at University of Central Missouri.
John Paul Mees Award for Outstanding Professional Staff Nomination Form
Today's Date: _______________
Nominator Name: _______________________________________________
Phone: _____________ Email: ____________________________________
Please provide an explanation for all five items listed below (a minimum of half a page per item). The entire Nomination Form should not exceed three pages in total length.
1. Commitment to University of Central Missouri:
2. Commitment to their Community:
3. Professional Activities:
4. Direct or Indirect Service to Students:
5. Offices and/or positions nominee has held during employment at University of Central Missouri: