The President’s Meritorious Service Awards began in 1986. Currently, these awards are presented to recognize 20 outstanding staff employees and one outstanding team for their meritorious service to the University. Nominations are typically called for during the fall and an anonymous committee appointed by the President selects the recipients.
Kotinek began working in the University Honors Program office in 2003 and was promoted to Associate Director in January. He holds both a B.A. and M.A. in English from Texas A&M University and is completing a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. Kotinek was elected to a three year term as a professional member of the Board of Directors of NCHC in 2010. He is co-editor of the NCHC monograph Setting the Table for Diversity and authored a paper in that book entitled “Passing for Black: White Privilege and Black Identity Formation.” Kotinek serves as Immediate Past President of University Advisors and Counselors, and as co-chair for the Diversity Issues Committee of the NCHC; as President of the St. Silouan Orthodox Church parish council. In 2007, he was selected as a Fish Camp namesake, and in 2010 was selected for the President’s Award for Academic Advising. Kotinek was also named as the “Best Beard Champion 2011” by Beard Nation.
The President’s Meritorious Service Awards Program is sponsored by the Office of the President and The Association of Former Students. The program is coordinated by Texas A&M Human Resources.
For questions about the award program, please contact the Recognition and Reward staff firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-0379.