PSA Names Outstanding Professionals of 2017

(Left to Right): Hiron Stiell, Sydney Palmer, Brandie Nabors, Brett Riley, Dr. Stuart Bell, Leslie Abernathy, Emili Alexander, Ashley Newsome and Lynn Heard. Not Pictured are Patty Benton, Jan Jones, Rosalind Moore-Miller and Lois Strachan.

Patty Benton and Hiron Stiell have been named the 2017 Outstanding Professionals by the UA Professional Staff Assembly.

Benton is executive director of operations for the Office of Information Technology. She will celebrate her 35th year at the Capstone this fall. “She is the one that never turns her cell phone off because we might need her,” wrote her  nominator.

Stiell works as a benefits specialist in Human Resources and earned a master’s degree while working full-time at the University.

Her nomination letter said in part, “Her sincere service to others has created a lasting image, and helped enhance the reputation of Human Resources.”

The Outstanding Professional Award recognizes two UA professional staff who go above and beyond normal responsibilities and duties, who bring out the best in others, who offer innovative ideas, and who create conditions for success.

The remaining nominees included Leslie Abernathy, Advancement; Emili Alexander, College of Engineering; Lynn Heard, College of Education; Jan Jones, Manderson Graduate School of Business; Rosalind Moore-Miller, Office of Student Involvement; Brandie Nabors, College of Continuing Studies; Ashley Newsome, College of Engineering; Sydney Palmer, Office of Sponsored Programs;  Brett Riley,  Advancement; and Lois Strachan, College of Continuing Studies.

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.