Traci Claar Named Outstanding Supervisor

Posted: March 3, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

by Ryan Effgen

Traci Claar, director of community relations, was named Outstanding Supervisor in an award given by the Staff Senate. She will be honored during the Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremony on Friday, March 5, at 3 p.m. in Johnson Center’s Dewberry Hall.

This award is given twice a year and honors a supervisor who creates a pleasant and productive work environment for employees, listens to suggestions and ideas, recognizes and rewards superior performance, and is fair and flexible in dealing with employees. The recipient acts as an advocate for employees, encourages professional growth of employees, provides a sense of vision for the department, and makes employees feel actively involved in the goals of the department.

“Traci Claar is the kind of rare leader who successfully balances a genuine concern for the personal and professional welfare of her staff with a steadfast ability to formulate a vision for her office and a road map that her employees can follow to carry out that vision,” says Dan Walsch, executive director of media relations. “The result is a true ‘win-win’ situation for the university and the professionals who comprise community relations.”

The efforts of Claar and her staff over the past few years resulted in increased community use of the university’s Speakers Bureau. Claar created the Old Town Hall Lectures, which has strengthened the ties between George Mason and the City of Fairfax. In addition to praising her efforts on a large scale, co-workers are grateful to Claar for creating a pleasant work environment.

“Traci’s sense of humor and personality makes coming to work every day something to look forward to,” wrote Jeremy Lasich, public relations coordinator, in his nomination letter. “At the end of the day, you know you will have been productive and had an enjoyable time.”

The Outstanding Supervisor Award was developed by the Staff Senate to recognize supervisors of classified and nonstudent wage employees who possess exemplary supervisory skills. The recipient receives a plaque, a gift bearing George Mason’s signature or seal, and a $50 gift certificate from Barnes and Noble.

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