Nominations open for Diane Hymore Award

January 15, 2015 | UToday
By Staff

It’s something the entire UT community can agree on: Exceptional employees are not the exception at The University of Toledo — but some of them do fly under the radar.



The Diane Hymore Exemplar of Excellence Award, for which nominations are being accepted, was instituted in 2013 to give those often-unheralded employees the accolades they deserve, according to Dr. Kaye Patten Wallace, senior vice president for student affairs.

“Like the namesake of the award, many of our staff are very humble about what they accomplish every day as they work with students, families, patients and University visitors. Not only do they not seek publicity, but they often resist the idea that what they’re doing is exceptional,” she said.

“Like Diane, they blend their professional abilities with compassion and caring for everyone they come in contact with.”

Hymore, director of senior administration operations and longtime executive secretary to former President Lloyd Jacobs, was honored in 2013 as the first recipient of the award.

“Diane truly has what some people call a servant’s heart,” Patten Wallace said. “She touched many, many people through her work and for each of them, her approach was ‘How can I help?’ not because it was her job, but because she genuinely loved helping people.”

Nominations are open for the 2015 award, which will be presented to an individual whose work defines the core values of the University in Hymore’s spirit of support, encouragement and service.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 27. The nomination form may be found online at or you may obtain one via email by contacting Send completed forms to the same email, or fax a printout to 419.530.8567 or send it to Nowak via campus mail to Mail Stop 963.

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