UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Mary Beahm, senior director for recruitment and compensation in the Office of Human Resources, has been named the 2014 Staff Excellence Award winner.
Established in 1993, the award recognizes the consistently outstanding performance of a staff member who has demonstrated and practiced the philosophy of continuous quality improvement, team spirit, managerial excellence in the performance of assigned duties and leadership in establishing a quality service orientation, so as to benefit his or her unit and the University.
Hired to manage the University’s conversion to a new staff position evaluation system, Beahm implemented a long-term strategic plan for completion. “Her positive approach and demonstrated commitment to the project greatly impressed the doubters as well as the supporters, and the project was completed exceedingly well and on time,” one nominator said.
More recently, Beahm led a complete rewrite of Penn State’s background check program. “Her skill in managing people and other resources, and her commitment to serving her staff and unit customers, resulted in a program that has received national recognition,” a nominator wrote.
Beahm also has provided leadership in the University’s response to the Affordable Care Act.
She was lauded for her receptiveness to new ideas and her problem-solving skills as a supervisor. “She communicates effectively with all levels of the staff and ensures she always has time to listen to concerns,” another nominator said.