Two Student Affairs staff members win 2011 Margaret Ann Fidler Awards

Suzanne Abel, left receives her award from Margaret Ann Fidler

SUZANNE ABEL, associate director for external relations at the Haas Center for Public Service, and CAROLE PERTOFSKY, director of wellness and health promotion services at Vaden Health Center, each recently received a 2011 Margaret Ann Fidler Award for Distinguished Service in Student Affairs.

The award specifically recognizes those who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to their work and the mission of the university and whose work reflects integrity and a “sincere belief in the value of teamwork and collaboration.”

Pertofsky, left, receives her award from Fidler

The award citation for Suzanne Abel read:


  • For passionate and empathetic leadership across Stanford and within many constituencies and communities;
  • For fully embodying and exemplifying Stanford’s excellence and values;
  • For “walking the talk” in tireless commitment to the common good;
  • For unwavering dedication and personal connection to students, staff colleagues;
  • And, for remaining to be one of the last holdouts to still deliver hand-written notes.

The award citation for Carole Pertofsky read:

  • For vision, collaboration and leadership across Student Affairs, Stanford University and the community;
  • For advocacy, passion and dedication to holistic student development;
  • For almost 20 years of extraordinary innovation and commitment to the well-being of Stanford students;
  • And for being the personal wellness and happiness “Guru” for all.

After reading the citation, MARGARET ANN FIDLER, former associate vice provost for administration in Student Affairs, presented each winner with a plaque. The winners, each of whom also received a $1,000 prize, were honored during a May 10 Student Affairs Service Awards breakfast. Former Vice Provost for Student Affairs JIM MONTOYA created the award to honor Fidler when she retired in 2001.

— Kathleen j. Sullivan