Trailblazers: TSTC chancellor honors prestigious award recipients

BY Amanda Sotelo

Past and present Chancellor’s Excellence Award recipients gathered recently at the Texas State Technical College Culinary Arts dining room for the Chancellor’s Excellence Award Honoree Luncheon.

Recipients as far back as 2001 and TSTC administration celebrated the 2016 award recipients: David Campos, department chair and instructor for Architectural Design and Engineering Graphics; Enrique Carrillo, safety, health and environmental affairs officer; Adele Clinton, executive director for Student Life; and Amy Lynch, South Texas development officer.

“Here’s what I love; once a year we get to break bread together and celebrate you,” TSTC Chancellor and CEO Mike Reeser told the recipients. “We get to celebrate your natural leadership and remind ourselves that it is this feature that makes TSTC an extraordinary place to work.”

The four recipients were recognized earlier in the year for their achievements at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Awards Dinner and Celebration in Austin.

“With more than 260 total recipients, many share this legacy,” said TSTC Provost Dr. Stella Garcia. “We have 50 years of a long-standing history and we want to keep making history in the next 50. And these recipients are the epitome of that.”

Reeser has made it a priority to host honoree luncheons at every campus with Chancellor’s Award recipients to share with attendees the significance of the Chancellor’s Excellence Award and its importance to TSTC.

“Society is changing so fast because of the impact technology is having in our lives,” said Reeser. “But the one thing that doesn’t change is the strength of a leader and their character, and the profound impact we have on each other. And that’s why TSTC is a special place and unique player in Texas.”

He went on to mention that this award represents leadership, and the respect colleagues have amongst each other regardless of position or title.

“Everyone who has ever received the Chancellor’s Excellence Award is a leader who is setting the way,” said Reeser. “They are looked up to by their peers and are worthy of their teammates’ respect and regard.”

Chancellor’s award recipients are chosen based on nominations from their colleagues, their character and their hard work and commitment to the college and its students.

“Each of these recipients owns this award and position as a trailblazer,” said Reeser. “And on behalf of the students and the employees at TSTC, we thank them for being who they are: leaders.”