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Announcing the Broad College’s 2023 Distinguished Staff Award winner

By Haley Tran, student writer
Monday, June 12, 2023

At Michigan State University, students, alumni, faculty and staff share a passion for cultivating a strong community and uplifting others. Broad College staff are a shining example of this dedication.

Allyson Griffith headshot

Allyson Griffith

Across the college, our staff work tirelessly to aid students in reaching their fullest potential. Their work varies from day to day and might include giving timely and helpful advice, coaching students both academically and professionally or leading new initiatives to enhance the Broad student experience.

Since 2018, the Broad College’s Staff Leadership Committee has given the Distinguished Staff Award to recognize staff members whose work and contributions have made a significant impact on the college community. The recipient must have actively added to the college’s growth, influenced the community and earned recognition from colleagues. This year, Allyson Griffith, office assistant in the School of Hospitality Business, received the prestigious honor.

Griffith has worked at MSU for a total of 10 years and joined the Broad College in 2020. She said, “I am humbled and honored to receive the Broad Distinguished Staff Award! I am so appreciative of the thoughtful nominations. I will continue to promote the college’s mission and vision through the work that I do daily.”

Griffith’s impact was recognized across the Broad community. Nominations from faculty and staff praised her work ethic and ability to make a difference for students.

“Allyson is our cultural ‘North Star.’ While every organization has a special culture, it takes someone to nourish it to develop a unique bond that will thrive, grow and be an integral part of collegiality and program success. Allyson is that someone.”

A nominator said, “Her innovative approach to streamlining our students’ scholarship application and award process makes it not only easier for students to apply but also more efficient for us to evaluate and give out scholarships. Allyson is our cultural ‘North Star.’ While every organization has a special culture, it takes someone to nourish it to develop a unique bond that will thrive, grow and be an integral part of collegiality and program success. Allyson is that someone.”

One nominator worked with Griffith to develop a new student scholarship and valued her eagerness to help make it happen.

Another wrote, “Since day one, I have valued Allyson’s mentorship as a fellow woman in business and a hardworking team player. Although Allyson’s pathway to serving the students of the Broad College of Business is not traditional, she has cultivated a strong reputation within our school as a highly dependable mentor for all.”

Griffith becomes the fifth staff member to receive the award, joining these past winners:

  • 2021–2022: Rachel Duncan, college operations manager
  • 2020–2021: Jessica Richards, director of the M.S. in Marketing Research program
  • 2019–2020: Jeremy Van Hof, director of Learning Technology and Development
  • 2018–2019: Jeff Seguin, director of Marketing and Communications

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