Susan Swett Awarded Outstanding Supervisor Award

Posted: February 27, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Nicholas Zinzer

Susan Swett, director of graduate admissions for the College of Arts and Sciences, enjoys wide support from her staff. “[Susan Swett] is a brilliant woman, always available to discuss concerns, procedures and potential future developments,” says Lynn Simnowitz, graduate admissions processor for CAS.

As a result of praise from Swett’s staff in CAS, the Staff Senate will award Swett the Outstanding Supervisor Award on Feb. 28. The award is sponsored by the Staff Senate and recognizes the supervisors of classified and nonstudent wage employees.

Susan Swett
Susan Swett
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“I was shocked and deeply flattered to find out I had received the outstanding supervisor award. It was a total surprise,” says Swett. “I keep an open door, try to foster teamwork and collaboration and emphasize customer service … [our office takes] time out to celebrate even our small accomplishments.”

Mary Anne McKernan, office manager for CAS, says Swett is a “patient, caring person who has single-handedly turned around a failing department and made it into the best graduate admissions office at Mason.”

As director of graduate admissions for CAS, Swett oversees all processing for graduate applications before they are sent to faculty committees.

Betty Zimmerman, a graduate admissions assistant for CAS, was one of the employees who nominated Swett for the Outstanding Supervisor Award. “[Swett] has a thorough knowledge of the admissions process, how our office works and how our services interact and integrate with other departments on campus,” says Zimmerman.

In addition to overseeing the admissions process for graduate admissions in CAS, Swett also helps to recruit applicants, works with employees in different departments with a major new software program upgrade and assists with graduate admissions publications.

Swett attributes her win to the support of her staff. “It is truly a joy to come to work every day, and it is my privilege to work for them.”

The Outstanding Supervisor Award will be presented to Swett at 1:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall.

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