Kelly Ward Mason, program coordinator for McCormack Graduate School's Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance received the Chancellor’s Achievement Award, given to a staff member for demonstrating exceptional performance in innovation, initiative, and service. She was awarded a $5000 stipend and was recognized at a university-wide reception.
Mason received dozens of nominations detailing her extensive knowledge of UMass systems and procedures and her unfailing support of students and faculty. She has invested her creative energy in thinking about how to make improvements which has ultimately benefited the department's and university's mission. Responsible for organizing the Conflict Resolution colloquium series along with other events, Mason has succeeded in building a more visible profile for the department. She also plays a critical role in community-building using her ideas, drive, friendly and helpful demeanor, and professional efficiency to add coherence and a sense of belonging to students across the academic programs.
Key to her receiving this award was Mason's work in developing the David Matz Fellowship which netted $65,000 in donations in its first year. The first program of its kind within the department, Mason went beyond her job responsibilities (including working overtime) to launch it. Mason has been part of McCormack Graduate School since 2014 and has worked at UMass Boston supporting graduate education for 16 years. This was her 7th time being nominated for the award.
Congratulations to Kelly Ward Mason!