Sue Teel, executive assistant and office manager in the department of engineering education in the College of Engineering, has received the university’s 2017 President’s Award for Excellence.

The President’s Award for Excellence is presented annually to up to five Virginia Tech employees who have made extraordinary contributions by consistent excellence in the performance of their job or a single incident, contribution, or heroic act. Each recipient is awarded a $2,000 cash prize.

Having had experience as an undergraduate, graduate student, and staff member at Virginia Tech, Teel brings extensive insight and closely upholds the spirit of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). Subsequent to a reorganization of the department and several position vacancies, Teel took over the responsibility of operations manager as well as a support role for the undergraduate first-year program.

Teel also mentored the business manager and financial tech in the department of engineering education while helping cover any work that was needed during these transitions. Teel is currently discussing with colleagues how the engineering department can assist in K-12 education.

Kenneth Reid, associate professor and assistant department head for undergraduate programs in the department wrote in a letter of nomination, “I sincerely believe that there are few people like Sue, and it’s a pleasure to know her and work with her. She is exceptional at her job while keeping a positive attitude. Sue is one of those people who deserves recognition, as she strives to make Virginia Tech a great place to be.”

Teel has been commended by fellow faculty for her keen ability and willingness to answer questions and offer insightful suggestions. Teel has a long record of service and initiative leadership within the College of Engineering, including serving on the most recent Presidential Search Committee.