Each year Facilities sets aside time for our entire staff to celebrate our annual Staff Recognition & Appreciation program. Each year we aim not only to honor our award winners, but also the entire staff of the Facilities Organization who make important contributions to Facilities and Princeton University as a whole. 

How it all began

When Gene McPartland retired in 1999 after serving as Facilities Vice President for 16 years, we thanked Gene for his amazing contributions to Princeton University. We also felt a void created by his departure, a void hard to fill not just for his skillset, but for him, as a person. Sure we missed his leadership, but we also missed his wry sense of humor, his integrity, his high standards and his ability to bring out the best in the rest of us. Out of this void came an opportunity, and a legacy in Gene's name to find and recognize those extraordinary qualities in members of our organization, each year. It was hard to say goodbye to Gene. It was easy to begin recognizing integrity, outstanding honesty and strength of character in others.  And a few years into our recognition program, we expanded to include another award to recognize extraordinary excellence, dedication and quality work.  

Facilities Vice President’s Award winners (formerly known as the Gene McPartland Award)

Jim Kane, Engineering & Campus Energy
Charles Krank, Grounds and Building Maintenance
Kenneth Grayson, Grounds and Building Maintenance
Antonio Sferra, Building Services
Pamela Slater, Housing and Real Estate Services
Thomas Emmons, Design and Construction
Robert Allen, Design and Construction
Eric Wachtman, Engineering and Campus Energy
Edward Dixon, Building Services
Michael Karl, Facilities Finance and Administrative Services
Robert Macfarlan, Grounds and Building Maintenance
Mark Pecaric, Grounds and Building Maintenance
Mary Banfield, Office of the Vice President for Facilities

Facilities Excellence Award winners  (formerly known as the Dick Spies Award for Excellence)

Gary Brancato, Engineering & Campus Energy
Vince Cuomo, Operations
Eileen Tarity, Grounds and Building Maintenance
Tom Massabrook, Site Protection
John McDaniel, Engineering and Campus Energy
David Usa, Grounds and Building Maintenance
Lucy Mitchell, Building Services
Donna Pope, Facilities Finance and Administrative Services
Stephen Deleo, Grounds and Building Maintenance
Jane Holland, Office of the Vice President for Facilities
Gwen Williams, Building Services
Catherine Rice-Medley, Building Services
Howard Sutphin, Dining Services 
James Wallace, Design and Construction
David Howell, Design and Construction
Cynthia Keith, Grounds and Building Maintenance
Paris Swain, Dining Services
Tonino Cifelli, Building Services
Oscar Smith, Dining Services 
Eric Witter, Facilities Finance and Administrative Services
Bernie LaFleur, Building Services
Robert Pazdan, Grounds and Building Maintenance
Phyllis Rodill, Housing and Real Estate Services
Ted Borer, Engineering and Campus Energy
Thomas Carom, Dining Services 
Walter Haupt, Grounds and Building Maintenance
Mark Bahadurian, Building Services
Lottie Manley, Dining Services 
Robert Talarick, Grounds and Building Maintenance
Joy Roberts, Dining Services
Steve Virostko, Design and Construction
Carlos Dertiano, Dining Services
Lorrie McGough, Real Estate 
Marie Rambough, Building Services
James McNeil, Building Services
John Mellody, Maintenance 
Matt Pietruszkiewicz, Dining Services
Gail Porter, Dining Services

Friends of Facilities Award winners

Paul LaMarche, Office of the Provost
Pat Byrne, Alison Cook, Kristin Frasier, Laurie Hebditch, Karen Sisti, and Betty Stein, College Administrators
Patricia Pokrocos, Human Resources
Kim Jackson, Transportation and Parking Services
Kristin Appelget, Community and Regional Affairs
Shirley Tilghman, President of the University, Emeritus
Hannah Ross, Office of the General Counsel
Dave Morreale, Office of Information Technology
 

And thank you to our community for so enthusiastically sharing their appreciation for the work we do. 

Please note, while nominations for the awards are limited to Facilities employees, a Princeton University community member could reach out to a Facilities staff member to suggest a nominee, and provide information for the nomination form.