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Shirley Menaker Associate Provost For Academic Support To Receive Zintl Leadership Award At U.Va.

January 30, 2002-- Her responsibilities alone are enough to make Shirley Menaker, associate provost for academic support, one of the most powerful women at the University. But it is her human qualities that have earned her the U.Va. Women’s Center’s Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award. She will be honored at an award ceremony Feb. 8.

Menaker’s duties include overseeing offices that support the University’s academic mission, such as the Registrar, the Women’s 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. And she participates in faculty promotion and tenure reviews.

The 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 president’s chief of staff until her death in 1997. The prize is supported by David A. Harrison III, one of the University’s longtime benefactors. Past recipients include Claire Cronmiller and Louise Dudley (2000), Dr. Sharon Hostler (1999) and Patricia Lampkin and Sylvia Terry (1998).

The 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.

"She 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. Altogether, she has worked for five provosts.

Menaker has been an inspiration and mentor to many individuals, especially women, according to E. Clorisa Phillips, who has been at U.Va. since 1978 and began working for the provost’s office as special projects director two years ago. "She 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."

Menaker has a son and daughter, and her three grandchildren all live in Charlottesville.

Before coming to U.Va. in 1987, Menaker held various positions at the University of Oregon for eight years, becoming dean of the Graduate School and professor of counseling and educational psychology for the last three-and-a-half years. Prior to 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 master’s and doctoral degrees from Boston University.

Contact: Anne Bromley, (434) 924-6861

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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