Kent Kuo - Student Affairs Service Awards 2009-10

Statement of Wonderfulness

in Celebration of

Kent Kuo
Office of the Registrar

"He isn’t just powered by orange, he IS the orange."

After listening to the praise of his colleagues, it is obvious that this statement is not an exaggeration. Our next award recipient is described as exemplary in his ability to tackle complex problems, collaborate across campus and resolve tensions while building trust, credibility and lasting friendships. He has that rare combination of a great sense of humor, boundless energy and a strong desire to serve. He has worked hard to get the best possible solutions in place for the many problems inherent in working with ever increasing numbers of students with ever declining budgets by making his office more accountable, flexible, sustainable and service oriented. He advocates for his staff, cares about his colleagues and finds creative reasons to celebrate life and work well done. He never discourages questions and is truly open-minded and interested. The result is a staff that is collaborative and approachable.

Just a few of the significant programs and initiatives that he has participated in or led are: Schedule
25 – an automated room scheduler, Degree Works - an on-line, student driven degree audit system as well as the completion of an in-person campus-wide inventory of classroom space to maximize the use of classrooms on campus. Many of his projects have resulted in streamlined processes that have reduced the reliance on paper forms.

As University Registrar he strives to create a department that is not only efficient, intelligent, effective, and faithful to university regulation and policies, but also collaborative, outgoing, thoughtful and skillful at explaining its work and decisions. Thanks to his leadership, the Registrar's office produces work that is meaningful, thoughtfully planned and intelligently executed, consistent and faithful to university regulations and policies, and done in an atmosphere with as much laughter and celebration as possible. Kent Kuo loves being a part of OSU, and that clearly shows to his staff and the other people he works with every day.

I would also like to add that no Lemon Bars exchanged hands at any time during Kent's nomination process.

15th Annual Service Awards Celebration
Division of Student Affairs
Oregon State University
May 26, 2010