Brittain earns AP Achievement Award

April 18, 2023 (Volume 46, Number 16)
Article by Michele Coffill

Mary Brittain, associate director of Admissions and Recruitment, received the AP Achievement Award from the Administrative Professional Committee during an awards luncheon April 11 in the Kirkhof Center.

The award is the highest honor presented to an AP staff member. Brittain started working at Grand Valley more than 40 years ago in an entry-level position. Nomination letters called Brittain a leader with an amazing work ethic.

"Successfully admitting students is both critical and complex work. Mary has shown tremendous leadership dealing with change, problem-solving, and innovation," one nominator wrote.

Other award recipients are listed below.

  • Commitment to Students Award: Chris Babbitt, assistant director of the Career Center

  • Commitment to Diversity Award: Bobby Springer, director of K-12 Pathways and associate director of TRIO Veterans Upward Bound 

  • Innovation Award: Melissa Selby-Theut, associate director of University Counseling Center and director of prevention and community education, who led implementation of mental health kiosks on campus

  • Outstanding Advising and Student Services Award: Emily Davis, CLAS Advising Center

  • Service to Community Awards: Shannon Owen, director of GVSU’s northern Michigan programs at the Traverse City Regional Center; and Bill Widmaier, associate registrar

  • Outstanding Team Project Award: The Slate Implementation Team of Jennifer Allard, Philip Batty, Jared Bravewater, Mary Brittain, Katherine Fay, Tracey James-Heer, Thomas Pikes, Ben Rapin, Melanie Retberg, Brandon Ridge, Jesse Roe, Daniel Slaughter, Vicky Thelen and Nick Viau

More information about award recipients is on the AP Committee website.



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This article was last edited on April 17, 2023 at 12:26 p.m.

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