Dave Leinen, social sciences assistant dean, has been named a 2011 recipient of the UCI Excellence in Leadership Award.  Awarded annually by the UCI Staff Assembly, the honor recognizes staff supervisors on campus and at the medical center who – through outstanding leadership – enhance staff morale, build an enriching work environment, serve as a mentor and support the career development of their staff, and benefit their unit and individual employees. The honor also comes with a $1000 cash prize. 

“I am so pleased that Dave's high quality and performance as a leader are being recognized by the campus,” says Barbara Dosher, social sciences dean. 

As a member of the UC Irvine staff community for the past 26 years, Leinen has held key leadership positions in the School of Physical Sciences, Athletics, and the School of Social Sciences. In his current post as assistant dean, a position he has held for 11 years, Leinen oversees the planning, budgeting and administrative operations of the largest academic unit on campus consisting of an 85-person staff, 137 faculty, undergraduate and graduate enrollments nearing 7,000 and a budget topping $25 million.  He has also in many significant leadership roles at the senior administrative level for the campus, including his service on major review, search, and advisory committees.  In 2009, he was awarded the UCI Alumni Association Lauds & Laurels Outstanding Staff Award.

Nominated by the social sciences staff, Leinen received his award June 2 at the annual Staff Service Awards Ceremony during which a number of social sciences staff also received recognition for their years of service:

5 years
Laurie Andress-Delaney, Sociology
Jessica Canas, Business Services
David Calderon, Cognitive Science – HABLA
Natalie Cook, Political Science
Jenny Fan, IMTFI
Randi Fruchey, Facilities
Andrew Gonzales, SSARC
Estela Magana, Undergraduate Student Affairs
Gloria Simpson, Economics

10 years
Sandy Cushman, Research Centers Administration
Dominic Fiorello, Computing Services
Debbie Michel, Chicano/Latino Studies
Kristy Salsbury, Undergraduate Associate Dean’s Office
Maricela Sandoval, Cognitive Science – HABLA
Rosemarie Swatez, Development

15 years
Carol Spencer, Development

20 years
Nancy Ford, Economics
Gerald Langiewicz, Computing Services
Sheila Mercer, Personnel

25 years
Julie Hoigaard, Graduate Studies
Carole Nightengale, Dean’s Office

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