April 19, 2013
OREM, Utah -- Utah Valley University Associate Athletic Director Megan Kennedy has been honored as a recipient of the Presidential Award of Excellence. Kennedy, along with six other employees, were recognized Thursday evening by UVU President Matthew S. Holland at UVU's Centre Stage.
Kennedy, who is the senior woman administrator in the department of athletics, brought home the Presidential Award of Excellence for Leadership after playing an instrumental role in coordinating UVU's seven-year transition to the NCAA Division I level.
Kennedy also managed the certification process during the evolution from junior college status to D-I, making UVU the only program in the history of collegiate sports to transition directly to D-I from junior college status. Kennedy has further demonstrated her unique leadership abilities by providing strategic planning and implementation within the department and coordinating and enhancing UVU's athletic programs. She has developed NCAA grant opportunities and other funding resources to meet department needs and is currently assisting with UVU's transition to the Western Athletic Conference.
Kennedy holds a bachelor's degree from BYU and a master's degree in Education from Utah State. She was a former student-athlete herself, having played four years of varsity volleyball for the Cougars.
The University Awards of Excellence program recognizes faculty and staff who dedicate their time and talents to students, scholarship and the advancement of higher education. This year, the UVU Board of Trustees recognizes four employees for their contributions to forwarding UVU's mission. The Presidential Awards of Excellence highlight seven faculty and staff for their efforts in key areas related to UVU's mission and core themes.
To view a complete list of winners from the Presidential Awards of Excellence click HERE.
UVU Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance Mark Tschaggeny was also recently honored but his came from the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC). Tschaggeny is one of 25 recipients selected to receive the 2013 NAAC Convention Stipend. The stipend will help cover expenses associated with registration and travel to the June convention that will take place at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla., June 12-13.