to receive Zintl award
by Rebecca Arrington
will be presented the
at a reception
Feb. 8 at 4:30 p.m.
of Alderman Library.
Call 982-2361 to
make a reservation.
By Anne Bromley
all the responsibilities that are part of Shirley Menakers
job as associate provost for academic support, its hard
to believe that one person could accomplish them with such proficiency,
thoroughness and willingness to go beyond whats on paper.
In recognition of her tireless efforts, the Womens
Center will honor Menaker with the 2002 Elizabeth Zintl Leadership
Award Feb. 8.
duties include overseeing offices that support the Universitys
academic mission, such as the Registrar, the Womens Center,
the University Art
Museum and the University
Press. She also acts as liaison to the State Council of Higher
Education for Virginia, working on matters such as space utilization,
new degree programs and annual reviews. Related to that role,
she monitors the use of classrooms and helps several schools plan
their capital outlay needs.
she participates in faculty promotion and tenure reviews.
leadership award annually recognizes women working at U.Va. whose
high degree of professionalism, creativity and commitment mirror
the extraordinary service that the late Elizabeth Zintl gave to
the University as the presidents chief of staff until her
death in 1997. The prize is supported by David A. Harrison III,
one of the Universitys longtime benefactors. Past recipients
include Claire Cronmiller and Louise Dudley (2000), Dr. Sharon
Hostler (1999) and Patricia Lampkin and Sylvia Terry (1998).
is very satisfying to receive this honor and look back at the
others who have won it and be in their company, Menaker
said. If Im getting recognized, I have to recognize
the people who make me look good outstanding directors.
she said, she has ended up hiring women in all the directorships
reporting to her, including Sharon Davie, Jill Hartz, Carol Stanley
and Penelope Kaiserlian.
colleagues who nominated Menaker, whose academic career spans
35 years, describe her as someone who has a keen grasp of facts
and figures, a fair-minded approach to confronting difficult issues
and finding solutions to problems, a deep understanding of University
life and faithful dedication to her duties.
has had a major impact on the core academic enterprise and has
rendered an unusually high degree of service to the University,
wrote law professor Peter W. Low, former vice president and provost,
to whom Menaker reported from 1994 to 2001. She is unfailingly
upbeat and always ready to help in whatever way she can
no problem is too big for her to tackle and no problem too small
to command her enthusiastic attention.
she has worked for five provosts. Since Kathrine Reed retired
as associate provost for management last year, Menaker stands
alone as the collective memory of the office, where you
feel as if youre at the center of everything happening at
the University, she said. Reed, who now lives in Oregon,
plans to attend the reception next week.
has been an inspiration to her colleagues, especially women, according
to E. Clorisa Phillips, who has been at U.Va. since 1978 and began
working for the provosts office as special projects director
two years ago.
has paved the way and set an example for many women in many places.
She has demonstrated daily that a woman can be smart, tenacious,
incredibly accomplished at her work, zealous about her professional
and personal causes, and passionate about her family.
has a son and daughter, and her three grandchildren all live in
family and my extended family will be there for the award
ceremony, she said. I consider the University [members]
my extended family.
M. Lampkin, interim vice president for student affairs, credits
Menakers creative budgeting, management and supervision
for making possible the growth in the number of residential colleges
from one to three thus far.
has been, and will remain, a voice of reason, integrity and intellect.
She has been an unwavering support for academics at the state
level, Lampkin added. Menaker has advocated changes in the
states guidelines to more accurately reflect the quantity
and quality of space required to carry out research and doctoral-level
instruction, she said.
coming to U.Va. in 1987, Menaker held various positions at the
University of Oregon for 8 years, becoming dean of the Graduate
School and professor of counseling and educational psychology
for the last three-and-a-half years. Before that she was on the
faculty at the University of Texas at Austin for 10 years. She
received a B.A. from Swarthmore College, and masters and
doctoral degrees from Boston University.