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Police chief, retiring assistant research dean, win Cuthbertsons
STANFORD -- Patricia Devaney, who is retiring this year after more than two decades as assistant dean of research, and Director of Public Safety Marvin Herrington were given Kenneth M. Cuthbertson Awards at commencement exercises June 12 for exceptional service to Stanford University.
The citation given to Devaney praised her for "26 years of dedicated service to the university, during which time she has provided continuity, institutional memory and wise counsel to faculty members, deans, vice provosts and provosts."
Devaney was called "a role model for other administrators, supporting them and offering extensive knowledge of research policies, as well as an abiding commitment to the core values of a research university," and was honored for "her genius in breaking bureaucratic logjams and in twisting the arms of individuals for the greater good."
Devaney also was honored for her "extraordinary generosity of spirit" that led her to honor and assist others, exemplified by her role in creating the Research Incentive Fund for faculty and the Marshall D. O'Neill Award for outstanding research staff.
Devaney started in Stanford's personnel department, then moved to research, where she served during the tenures of six deans.
Herrington, who serves as director of public safety at Stanford, was cited for "the example he sets for countless Stanford colleagues with his can-do attitude and regard for the individual, whatever the challenge, whatever the setting," and "for his gentle graciousness, extraordinary sensitivity and his deep respect for human rights for all people."
The citation also praised Herrington for "his quiet, behind-the- scenes efforts - from earthquake preparedness and disaster planning to alcohol awareness and rape prevention - to make the Stanford campus a safe place to work, to study [and] to live."
Herrington, the citation read, makes "his own work look simple despite the myriad complexities of public safety and police work."
Herrington has been police chief at Stanford since 1971. Previously, he was security chief for the California State University system and chief of police at Northwestern University.
The Cuthbertson award was established in 1981 by an anonymous donor as a tribute to Kenneth M. Cuthbertson, a key early architect in Stanford's long-range financial planning and fund-raising programs. He retired in 1977 as vice president for development.
The annual award, open to all members of the Stanford community, honors contributors to the goals of the university in their widest sense.
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