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Minnesota State Mankato again receives MnSCU awards for excellence in financial, facilities management
Comptroller Steve W. Smith honored
For the fifth year, Minnesota State Mankato has received Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System awards for financial and facilities management excellence. In addition, Comptroller Steve W. Smith received the Office of the Chancellor Finance Divisionís Outstanding Service Award.
Minnesota State University, Mankato news release
For the fifth year, Minnesota State Mankato has received Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System awards for financial and facilities management excellence. In addition, Comptroller Steve W. Smith received the Office of the Chancellor Finance Division’s Outstanding Service Award.
The awards, recognizing outstanding leadership and team effort, were presented at the MnSCU Chief Financial and Facilities Officers Conference in January.
The University was one of 10 institutions earning the 2006 Excellence in Financial Management Award, and one of nine receiving the 2006 Excellence in Facilities Management Award. It was the only university to win in both categories.
Smith was one of only 10 individuals who won an Outstanding Service Award.
Laura M. King, vice chancellor and chief financial officer for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, lauded the winning institutions for “improved services to students and staff at a time we are experiencing increasingly tight budget constraints.”
Minnesota State Mankato has received the Excellence in Facilities Management Award for six consecutive years (2001-2006), and the Excellence in Financial Management Award for five of the last six years (except for 2003).
Financial management awards are for significant contributions to increased efficiency and effectiveness of finances and administrative services. 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.
The finance awards program started in 1997. Facilities management awards were added in 1999.Award winners are selected from nominations made by presidents and college and university leadership.
Outstanding Service Awards go to chief financial officers, business managers or facilities directors who make outstanding contributions toward professionalism in financial management, financial reporting, data integrity, internal controls, or budget development and monitoring. Candidates for the award are nominated by their peers.
It is the second such award for Smith; he also received an Outstanding Service Award in 2001. He has worked for Minnesota State Mankato since 1989 – the year he earned bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Marketing from.
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.