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Scott receives Outstanding Leader Award

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 36 - July 25, 1996

Delores W. Scott, director of the Virginia Tech Center for Academic Enrichment and Excellence, has received the first Academy for Leadership Excellence Outstanding Leader Award. Scott was honored at the academy's year-end awards banquet at Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center in June. She received an engraved plaque.

The award was established to reward those leaders who have exhibited outstanding leadership qualities through superior job performance; job-related extra-curricular activities, such as participation in university governance; university, college, and departmental committee work; and other areas of service to the university. Supplemental activities outside the university which enhance the nominee's overall profile of service to the university and community also were considered, but outside activities were secondary to university activities.

In one nomination letter, Scott was called a "consummate professional who exemplifies outstanding leadership qualities and superior job performance." Another letter said: "Delores Scott is one of the most dedicated, most committed professional educators that I have ever known. She leads by example, through persistence and perseverance, and through effective motivational techniques." Still another letter writer said that Scott "has quietly demonstrated leadership that has directly impacted and improved the academic, learning, and personal growth of students at Virginia Tech."

Scott serves on the Commission on Graduate Studies and Programs, Academic Advising Network, Advisory Committee for the Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and the Advisory Committee of the Virginia Tech Service Learning Program. She has coordinated the Better Information Project, the Summer Transition Program, and the Undergraduate Virginians Program.

She established the Society of African American Scholars, is a charter member of the Academy for Leadership Excellence, and served on the planning and implementation team for the Core Values Project, the implementation committee for the Proposed Eligibility Policy, and the EEO Subcommittee on Student Issues. She has worked with the Honors Program to establish mentor and coaching programs for undergraduate students.

The Academy for Leadership Excellence is a program directed by Dave Parks. It is a division of University Leadership Development under the direction of Richard Harshberger. The academy is dedicated to building the leadership capacity of Virginia Tech. The academy's goal is to develop leaders who help in the continuous transformation of the university, provide outstanding service to the university in their current positions, continuously improve their knowledge and skills, and serve in a variety of leadership capacities in the university.

Eligibility for the leader award is limited to middle-management employees in administrative/professional faculty positions or classified staff positions.