Michele Wolff Receives Mathias Award for Outstanding State Service

Diane Lee is UMBC’s Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education.

Michele Wolff

Michele Wolff

Congratulations to UMBC Shriver Center director Michele Wolff, who will be honored today for her years of contributions to UMBC and the state of Maryland. At its annual Innovations in Government Conference and Public Service Awards Luncheon, the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Maryland chapter will present Michele with its Charles Mathias, Jr., Award for Outstanding State Service.

Much of Michele’s incredible work is done behind the scenes, so I wanted to take a moment to thank her on behalf of UMBC and recognize her tremendous service. To quote from her nomination letter:

For nearly two decades Michele has facilitated student engagement at UMBC focused on the needs and issues of the campus, the state and even the nation. The unifying thread for these programs and for Michele’s work lies in the Shriver Center’s mission: “The Shriver Center at UMBC promotes the integration of civic engagement, teaching, learning and discovery on campus, regionally, and nationally so that each advances the others for the benefit of society.”… Michele has taken on the primary leadership role at UMBC to create an innovative partnership with the Maryland Department of Disabilities to establish SUCCESS (Students United for Campus-Community Engagement for Post-Secondary Success)…. [She] was instrumental in the creation of the Choice Community Service-Learning Fellowship that seeks to strengthen communities through innovative family-focused strategies that connect youth to opportunities for positive choices…. Under her leadership, [the Shriver Center internship and co-op program] has grown by 100%…. [I]t is clear that Michele’s influence and contributions are vast. Michele’s visions and action reflect an ethic of care and thoughtful responsibility — she is a leader, a teacher and a role model for our campus and the broader community.

Contact the author, Diane Lee, at dlee@umbc.edu. Join us in thanking Michele for her years of service with #ThanksMichele or by posting a comment.

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