Outstanding Administrator Award | Casper College, Wyoming

Outstanding Administrator Award

Outstanding Administrator of the Quarter:

Mike McLemore

Digital Learning AV Coordinator

"Mike is described as displaying outstanding professionalism and fostering mutual trust campus wide.  He is always quick to come up with solutions to problems that arise while bringing a sense of humor everyone can appreciate.  Some other adjectives that describe Mike are diligent, dedicated, hardworking, trustworthy, knowledgeable, indispensable and respectful.

Please join me in congratulating Mike McLemore, Digital Learning AV Coordinator, our Outstanding Administrator for the 4th quarter of fiscal year 2018." 


The Casper College Outstanding Administrator Award is designed to recognize an administrator who demonstrates an outstanding service reputation. This would include: job performance, knowledge, effectiveness, character, communication, cooperation, judgment and interactions. The nominee must have completed a minimum of two years of service as an administrator at Casper College and have not received the honor during the previous five years. Administrators may not nominate themselves for this award.

Below are details about the

  • quarterly award
  • annual award


Quarterly award winners will receive a certificate, coffee mug and $25 coffee gift card (based on fund availability). They will also have their photo taken with the President, and be recognized on the website and at a Board of Trustees meeting.


Call for Quarterly Nominations announced across campus:

  • Quarter 1: opens June 30; closes July 15; announced July 31
  • Quarter 2: opens October 1; closes October 15; announced October 31
  • Quarter 3: opens January 1; closes January 15; announced January 31
  • Quarter 4: opens March 1; closes March 15; announced March 31

*Nominees will roll over each quarter if not selected and new nominations will be requested in addition.


1. How does nominee display extraordinary professionalism?

Using the qualities below as a guideline, describe how the nominee demonstrates extraordinary professionalism in the performance of his/her job. Please be specific in how those qualities are demonstrated with as many detailed examples as possible. This list is not exhaustive and not every point needs to be covered. This is only a guideline.

  • Effective
  • Efficient
  • Innovative
  • Retains historical perspective
  • Grows professionally
  • Strategic problem solver
  • Sound judgment
  • Decisive
  • Listens
  • Contributes
  • Collaborates
  • Works
  • Responsible manager
  • Handles administrative responsibilities and challenges

2. How does nominee interact with others in an outstanding manner?

Using the characteristics below as a guideline, describe how the nominee demonstrates outstanding professionalism in the performance of his/her job. Please be specific in how those qualities are demonstrated with as many detailed examples as possible.

  • Fosters mutual trust and support with students and colleagues
  • Promotes sense of community
  • Accessible
  • Sensitive
  • Praises and credits others
  • Ethical
  • Truthful
  • Respectful
  • Poised
  • Supports Casper College and its mission
  • Provides exceptional customer service

Quarterly Outstanding Administrator Winners (2017-18)

  • Quarter 1: Brad Matthies, Director of the Goodstein Foundation Library
  • Quarter 2: Jennifer (Jenny) Howie, Systems Programmer, Dept. of Information Technology
  • Quarter 3: Linda Nichols, Registrar
  • Quarter 4: Mike McLemore, Digital Learning AV Coordinator


The four Quarterly Outstanding Administrators will move forward for the nomination of Annual Outstanding Administrator. The Annual Outstanding Administrator for the year receives $1,000 (based on fund availability), an award plaque, and will be recognized on the website and at the end of year Retirement and Recognition event.

Timeline and Additional Criteria:

Public comment addressing the following questions will be called for starting on April 1st and will close April 15th:

  1. How does nominee display outstanding professionalism?
  2. How does the nominee interact with others in an outstanding manner?
  3. What traits and qualities have you seen since their nomination of quarterly outstanding administrator?
Selection Committee Guidelines:
Selection Committee Structure
  • Vice Chair of Administrative Alliance
  • One Administrative Alliance member from each unit of the college
    • Administrative Services
    • Student Services
    • Academic Affairs
  • The latest recipient of the Annual Outstanding Administrator Award

These representatives shall not serve consecutive years.

The Selection Committee shall work in consultation with the Administrative Alliance Executive Committee or a member of the Executive Committee

If any conflict of interest exists, (letter of support requests, nomination, etc.) committee members must be made aware and appropriate action shall be taken.

No more than 5 committee members.

Nomination Process
  • Administrative Staff, classified staff, and faculty can nominate an administrator for this award.

  • Please download and complete the Nomination Form and submit to Laurie Johnstone, GW316, by the stated deadlines.

Outstanding Administrators

  • Linda Nichols [2018]
  • Melissa Stahley-Cummings [2017]
    Director, Assessment
  • Lisa Goss [2016]
    Veteran and Hathaway Scholarship Coordinator
  • Leanne Loya [2015]
    Student Success Counselor
  • Donna Sonesen [2014]
    Director, Early Childhood Learning Center
  • Teresa Wallace [2013]
    Director, Counseling
  • Robyn Landen [2012]
    Director, Financial Services/Controller
  • Alison McNulty [2011]
    Registrar/Director, Admissions and Student Records
  • Lois Davis [2010]
    Dean, Educational Resources
  • Kim Byrd [2009]
    Student Success Coordinator
  • Kevin Anderson [2007]
    Western History/Automation Specialist
  • Janet de Vries [2006]
    Director, Career Services
  • Barb Meryhew [2005]
    Director, Housing/Student Activities
  • Mark Robinson [2004]
    Campus Security Director
  • Jim Ochiltree [2003]
    Vice President Student Services
  • Ron Mathisen [2002]
    Buildings Maintenance Supervisor
  • Shirley Jacob [2001]
    Grants Coordinator
  • Linda (King) Toohey [2000]
    Director, Admission Services
  • Lynn Fletcher [1999]
    Registrar/Coordinator Admissions and Student Records
  • William Landen [1997]
    Director, College Relations
  • Darry Voigt [1996]
    Director, Student Financial Aid
  • Jenny Black [1995]
    Admissions Coordinator
  • Russell Poppen [1994]
    Director, Student Placement/Career Services
  • R. Lynnette Anderson [1993]
    Director, College Library
  • Garth Shanklin (1992)
    Director, Counseling
  • Stan McDowell [1991]
    Director, Intramurals
  • Paul E. Hallock [1990]
    Director, Planning and Development
  • A. LeRoy Strausner [1989]
    Dean of Students