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University again receives awards for excellence in financial, facilities management

Dean Trauger cited

For the fifth year Minnesota State Mankato has received Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System awards for financial and facilities management excellence. In addition, H. Dean Trauger, long-time vice president for finance and administration, has received the Outstanding Service Award.

2006-04-09

For the fifth year Minnesota State Mankato has received Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System awards for financial and facilities management excellence. In addition, H. Dean Trauger, long-time vice president for finance and administration, has received the Outstanding Service Award.

The awards, recognizing outstanding leadership and team effort, were presented at the Chief Financial and Facilities Officers meeting in Minneapolis last month. Minnesota State Mankato is one of only two state universities to receive both the finance and facilities awards.

Trauger, long-time vice president for finance, received the 2005 Outstanding Service Award for outstanding contributions toward professionalism in financial management. He spent his entire professional career at Minnesota State Mankato since graduating from the institution in 1969, and he intends to retire later this year.

The university was one of 13 institutions earning the 2005 Excellence in Financial Management Award, and one of 7 receiving the 2005 Excellence in Facilities Management Award.

The financial management awards are for significant contributions to increased efficiency and effectiveness of finances and administrative services. The facilities management awards are for successful and timely completion of capital improvement and repair projects, increased efficiency and effectiveness of space use throughout the institution, and customer service excellence to students, staff and faculty.

"These award winners have clearly demonstrated some of the terrific work done at colleges and universities across Minnesota," said Laura M. King, vice chancellor and chief financial officer for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. "Their excellent leadership has improved services to students and staff at a time of increasing financial pressures."

The finance awards program started in 1997. It recognizes the significant contributions and outstanding efforts of the system's colleges, universities and employees. Facilities management awards were added in 1999.

The award winners were selected from nominations made by presidents and college and university leadership. The program is designed to further the goals of the MnSCU system Board of Trustees.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system comprises 32 institutions throughout Minnesota and is a critical source of occupational training and education in the state. The system serves about 240,000 students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 130,000 students in non-credit courses.

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