The President’s Award for Excellence, established in 1990 by President James D. McComas, is an annual recognition of full-time staff and administrative and professional faculty for their outstanding contributions and consistently excellent performance.

University Libraries’ Robert Sebek was one of twenty-seven employees with a collective 450 years of service who were nominated for the award in 2020. These employees were recognized during a virtual ceremony June 4, where President Tim Sands announced this year’s winners. Each of the five recipients receives a letter of commendation from the president, a certificate, and a $2,000 pre-tax award.

“Our nominees and winners exemplify the dedication to service and spirit of community that supports Virginia Tech’s mission across the commonwealth and beyond,” Sands said. “The value of their work is especially evident now, as they maintain our essential operations and ensure a healthy and safe campus environment. We greatly appreciate their leadership and the example they set for all of us.”

Robert Sebek, collections technology specialist in University Libraries, manages the sophisticated technical aspects of the library with ease. He is patient and willing to help anyone who needs it. Sebek is a past Staff Senate president and a strong advocate for members of the university community and has worked hard to make a difference at Virginia Tech.

Tamara Kennelly, archivist in University Libraries, wrote in a letter of nomination, “Robert’s commitment to the faculty, staff, students, and community is to be commended. He was instrumental in advocating for Virginia Tech to change the minimum wage starting pay for full-time staff. He also has advocated for affordable housing in Blacksburg and affordable childcare.” Watch a video below from Kennelly for more information on Sebek.

Sebek has been with the University Libraries since 1981 and served as Staff Senate president from 2017 to 2019.

Written by:  Laurie Stacy