Two SUNY Potsdam HR professionals receive prestigious awards
The State University of New York Human Resources Association (SUHRA) recently honored SUNY Potsdam Assistant Vice President of Human Resources Kathryn Perry with its Lifetime Achievement Award and Human Resources Payroll Manager Jill Butler with the Excellence in Human Resources Practices Award.
The Lifetime Achievement Award honors a long-standing member of the human resources community who, during his or her career has made contributions that have positively impacted the field of human resources and/or enriched his or her campus community.
Perry has served SUNY Potsdam with distinction since 1977. She has been the head of the Office of Human Resources since 1984. Her tenure has been filled with many milestones and achievements.
In 1998, Perry was presented with the President’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. She was the recipient of the SUHRA Ted Barber Award for Distinguished Service in Human Resources in 2002.
With the granting of the prestigious Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 2003, Perry was recognized for her untiring efforts to forge stronger community ties between college administrators, teaching colleagues and various other personnel colleagues. Her dedication, sensitivity, and organization as an administrator were highlighted and held up as the standard for Human Resources.
The Excellence in Human Resources Practices Award honors a member for achievements in improving the quality of programs and services to the university and/or on his or her own campus through effective human resources practices. Preference is given to those achievements that have become or have the potential to become models for best practices for other or all SUNY campuses.
Butler has contributed to SUNY Potsdam for more than 35 years. Though the payroll function is not a high profile one, it is quite critical.
“Jill has always been the ‘behind-the-scenes’ glue that holds the processes in the office together,” read a support letter for her nomination. “She is extremely customer focused and continually goes out of her way to make sure that payroll flows smoothly, employees understand their compensation and problems are resolved quickly.”
Butler has been a leader in moving the HR staff to the use of new technology. She has developed programs and reports that have made it easier to respond to requests from employees, address student employees’ questions and assist with the processes within the
Butler has been known for leading by example and the campus members know they have an advocate in her and her staff. She received the President's Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 2004.