Miami University – Top Stories
By Susan Meikle and Margo Kissell, university news and communications
Jerome Conley and Wanita Hatton have each received Miami University’s 2016 Distinguished Service Award.
The award is the most significant recognition that Miami has to offer for employees who have made an impact on the life and mission of the university.
They will be recognized by President David Hodge at a special University Awards reception to be held 5:15 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 25, in Marcum Conference Center.
The award is given to at most two recipients every other year, alternating years with the Distinguished Professor Award. Current member of Miami’s faculty, classified/unclassified staff, or administration; or retirees of no longer than three years are eligible for the award.
Jerome Conley, dean of Miami University Libraries
Conley — dean and university librarian for the Miami University Libraries since 2013 — has been with the university since 1992 when he was appointed a minority resident librarian.
He has since served in other roles within the Libraries, including science librarian, government documents librarian, map/geology librarian, assistant to the dean and university librarian, coordinating head of special libraries.
He was part of the collaboration to renovate the north end of the first floor of King Library and helped initiate the Office of Research for Undergraduates.
“Jerome’s vision for what a library can be to serve students, faculty and the community is outstanding,” a nominator wrote.
Conley has been a leader in the service of his profession. He has served with distinction in various roles, including president of both the Academic Library Association of Ohio and Association of Research Libraries and as a council member and three-time chair of OhioLINK.
Conley served two terms as mayor of Oxford from 2003-2007 and also was a member of City Council from 1999-2007.
While on council his additional commission work centered on support for the needy in …