Sue Levison, graduate education administrator for Genetics, Genomics and Systems Biology and Human Genetics, has been chosen to receive the Leadership Award at the Biological Sciences Division's second annual Excellence in Staff Awards reception. Sue was nominated by GGSB graduate students Charles Lang and UnJin Lee for her extraordinary efforts. According to the Committee, this year's nominees from across the BSD were all extremely impressive, offering examples of great achievement and teamwork that contributed toward advancing the core missions of the BSD. Committee members explained that this made the selection for a winner very difficult, but they ultimately decided that Sue's nomination for the Leadership Award embodied the spirit of excellence. “Sue Levison is the glue that keeps the GGSB department connected. Her leadership makes an impact and is felt by those that she supports. She does not hesitate to do the right thing and lets the team know – by her words and action – that they can count on her.”
Sue has worked in the BSD for fifteen years and has served as the program administrator for GGSB since 2006 and Human Genetics since 2018. The Leadership Award recognizes an individual for their ability to be a positive role model and influencer who executes successful outcomes. Leadership can be demonstrated by their ability to inspire, challenge, and develop others while creating an environment that is resourceful and responsive to the needs and goals of the BSD and the University of Chicago. Sue surpasses these criteria, and she clearly demonstrates the outstanding qualities.