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. Womens
Centers Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award. She will be honored
at an award ceremony 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.
And 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).
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. Altogether, she has worked
for five provosts.
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 provosts 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."
has a son and daughter, and her three grandchildren all live in
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 masters and doctoral degrees
from Boston University.
Anne Bromley, (434) 924-6861