Chancellor’s Exempt Staff Award

The Chancellor’s Exempt Staff Award evolved during the UT Family Campaign in 2007. This award was created to recognize non-faculty exempt employees who have demonstrated outstanding service and/or who have made significant contributions to the University community beyond that normally expected for their positions. Moreover, Michael and Chandra Alston, co-chairs for non-exempt staff and non-faculty exempt staff groups, during HSC Family Campaign are the original donors behind this award.

Through the Family Campaign HSC faculty and staff were enabled an opportunity to participate in the future of the university and support programs that mean the most to them personally, and in this instance it is employee performance recognition. For non-exempt staff the Lichterman Award is all ready in place, and this new award recognizes the contributions of non-faculty exempt staff. You can assist with growing the Chancellor’s Exempt Staff Award through payroll deduction, outright gifts, or deferred gifts. If you are interested in making a donation, single or continuous, that will be treated confidential contact the Development Office at 448-5516.

2014 Award Winners

2014 award winners Byron Porter and Jenness Roth Chancellor’s Exempt Staff Award (CESA)

Byron Porter and Jenness Roth

In 2014, Byron Porter and Jenness Roth were named the sixth annual recipients of the Chancellor's Exempt Staff Award (CESA). At the receipt of his award Mr. Porter had 21 years of service and today works as an Assistant Busser in the Office of Finance & Operations . Ms. Roth had 5 years of service and today works as a Coordinator in the Center for Developmental Disabilities.

Nomination Period September 1 - October 1, 2014:

 The Chancellor’s Exempt Staff Award nominations should be submitted to Ashleigh Brock in Equity and Diversity  by mail (910 Madison Ave., Suite 826), fax (901-448-1120) or email ( no later than October 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Each nomination must be supported and signed by three (3) nominators. Nominations may come from alumni, faculty, staff, students and other members of the University community. The nominee’s manager must be included as either a nominator or a signatory on a letter of support

The nomination is limited to the completion of the nomination form and three letters of support only, however the letters of support may be endorsed by numerous persons. The nomination submission, excluding letters of support, must be no more than 750 words in length.

Role of the Selection Committee

It is the objective of the Selection Committee to review the nominations in accordance with the criteria for nomination. The goal of the Selection Committee is to identify the strongest nomination(s). The committee will seek consensus on the nominations that best reflect the spirit of the Award.

Role of Contact Person

A contact person for every nomination is required. It is the responsibility of the contact person to coordinate the nomination, elicit other nominators and arrange for letters of support. As well, the contact person acts as the Selection Committee’s contact if further information is required. The contact person will represent the successful nominating group at the presentation ceremony.

Role of Nominators

Individuals who agree to support a nomination by identifying themselves as a nominator must actively participate in the nomination process by contributing to and in turn, agreeing to the material included in the nomination package. Nominators may be contacted by the Selection Committee during its deliberations and should, therefore, include their title, current work address and telephone number.

Previous Recipients

2013 Award Winner

Timothy Florence photo
Timothy Florence

In 2013, Timothy Florence was the fifth annual recipient of the Chancellor’s Exempt Staff Award (CESA). At the receipt of his award Mr. Florence had 11 years of service and today works as an IT Administrator in the ITS Instructional Services Department.

2012 Award Winner

Teresa Franklin  photo
Teresa Franklin

In 2012, Teresa Franklin was the fourth annual recipient of the Chancellor’s Exempt Staff Award. At the time that she received this prestigious award she had 4 years of service. Today Ms. Franklin, is the Program Manager of the Blues Project in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

2011 Award Winner

Pam Houston  photo
Pam Houston

In 2011, Pam Houston was the third annual recipient of the Chancellor’s Exempt Staff Award. At the time that she received this prestigious award she had 13 years of service, and today works as the Director of Special Events.

2010 Award Winner

Elise Moore  photo
Elise Moore

In 2010, Elise Moore was the second annual recipient of the Chancellor’s Exempt Staff Award. At the time that she received this prestigious award she had 35 years of service, and today works as the Coordinator in Health Careers Program.

2009 Award Winner

Christa Deiss photo
Christa Deiss

In 2009, Christa Deiss was the first annual recipient of the Chancellor’s Exempt Staff Award.

At the time that she received this prestigious award she had 17 years of service, and today works as the Medical Coordinator in University Health Services.

Criteria for Nomination

The award is open to all non-faculty exempt staff at UT Health Science Center and who are employed and have served a minimum of three (3) years prior to nomination and who have not previously received the award. A person may be nominated multiple years providing he/she has not received an award.

The award will be based on evidence of continued excellence, in excess of the required level of performance in any one or more of the following areas:

  1. Providing excellent service to staff, faculty, students, alumni or visitors.
  2. Enhancing the quality of life for students, employees or visitors.
  3. Developing new programs and services or making significant improvement to existing programs or services.
  4. Advancing the reputation of the UT Health Science Center internally, locally, regionally, nationally, and/or internationally.


A single Chancellor’s Exempt Staff Award will be presented annually to a recipient recommended to the Chancellor by the Selection Committee.

The Chancellor's Exempt Staff Award consists of the following:

  1. Citation and presentation at an awards reception.
  2. A personalized framed certificate.
  3. An award of $1500.
  4. A permanent notation on a dedicated website for Chancellor’s Exempt Staff Award.
  5. The original nomination package.