Holly Park Named November 2011 Employee of the Month

Posted: November 2, 2011 at 1:04 am, Last Updated: November 1, 2011 at 3:32 pm

By Erin Cushing

Holly Park. Photo courtesy of Holly Park

Managing an entire school’s fiscal affairs, particularly in a troubled economy, can be an intimidating task. Yet for Holly Park, director of fiscal services for the School of Public Policy (SPP), it is just another day at the office.

Park’s ability to track spending and budgetary concerns throughout the school and balance the funding needs of 75 professors, all while finding creative ways to stretch the school budget, are major reasons why she was named Mason’s Employee of the Month for November.

Park is essential to the success of the school, her nominators insist. She oversees new and existing resource allocation, directs expenses accrued by the school, manages deadlines and ensures that all fiscal matters adhere to Mason’s rules and regulations. She approaches her work with enthusiasm, skill and integrity, her colleagues say.

“Holly Park is always providing the highest level of service to the School of Public Policy, George Mason University and its constituents,” say assistant professors Katrin Anacker and Jessica Heineman-Pieper. “She makes fiscal matters easy for us!”

Park’s knowledge of the intricacies of the SPP’s budget allows her to help the school in several ways.

“She anticipates budget changes and upcoming needs and creates opportunities for greater efficiency and improved delivery of services to faculty and staff,” explains senior associate dean Ann Baker.

“Furthermore, she works individually with faculty to develop grants and contracts, whether the faculty person is a seasoned researcher or young assistant professor working on their first proposal. She is always receptive to requests in a way that encourages people to seek her assistance,” Baker continues.

Park’s colleagues continually praised her integrity.

“The confidence she inspires is grounded in recognition of both her high level of competency and her personal integrity,” says professor Connie McNeely.

Park often takes on additional responsibilities, such as assisting with recruiting and hiring new faculty members and helping faculty to find creative ways to solve problems.

Park says she likes her job so much that her time at Mason has flown by.

“I have spent nearly eight years in this position, but it sure feels shorter,” says Park. “It must be because I enjoy what I do and the great group of people I work with!”

Park will be formally presented with this award by President Alan Merten in his office, Mason Hall, Room 103, on Thursday, Nov 3, at 11:30 a.m. Holly’s family, co-workers and friends are all encouraged to attend the ceremony.

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