I am delighted to report that Bryan Valentine has been selected to receive a 2011 Chancellor's Award for Staff for Excellence in Service to the Community. He will be recognized at a reception hosted by the Chancellor later this year, and his name will be added to a plaque displayed in the William Pitt Union inscribed with the names of all recipients of the Chancellor's Awards.
Mr. Valentine is the first University of Pittsburgh staff member to receive both the Chancellor's Award for Staff for Excellence in Service to the Community and Excellence in Service to the University, which he received in 2005 while employed at the Greensburg campus. He also was the first-ever Pitt-Greensburg employee to receive the President's Citation for Distinguished Service (2002).
Mr. Valentine joined Pitt-Johnstown as the Director of Student Engagement in 2007 and serves as advisor to the Habitat for Humanity Chapter on campus. Under his leadership, the group has evolved into one of the most active chapters in the country, and ranked seventh among all US schools for participation in the 2010 Alternative Spring Break. During his professional career, he has managed Habitat for Humanity Alternative Spring Break programs since 2005 to locations throughout the southern United States.
Additionally, he is a past member of the Habitat for Humanity Pennsylvania board of directors and was a longtime member of the Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity chapter, having served as the board's President and Family Selection Chair.
We are, indeed, fortunate to have someone with Mr. Valentine's strong commitment to service as a member of our Pitt-Johnstown team. Through his outstanding work in the community, he sets a fine example for our students and epitomizes the model of community engagement that is a hallmark of our RealWorld Action Program.
Mr. Valentine earned his BA at Pitt-Greensburg and his Master of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Pitt.
Please join me in congratulating our esteemed colleague.