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Sammy Mayfield Receives Regents' Award for Superior Staff at OUHSC

Tuesday, May 1, 2013 - Campus News -
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sammy Mayfield, assistant controller in the Office of Financial Services, is the 2013 recipient of the Regents’ Award for Superior Staff at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

The OU Board of Regents established the award in 1988 to recognize outstanding contributions made by OU staff members whose job performance, service activities and dedication have enhanced the mission of the university. The award was presented at the OU Health Sciences Center Employee Recognition Luncheon April 24.

In his nomination letter, Mayfield’s supervisor, Brad Avery, assistant vice president for administration and finance and controller, noted that Mayfield has worked in "most every aspect of Financial Services, from general accounting to grants and contracts," as well as serving as a "’team lead’ in every campus IT system implementation over the past 20 years. "When the campus implemented PeopleSoft Financials a number of years ago," he added, "Sammy was the glue that kept the project together."

Avery, who also worked with Mayfield prior to his time in Financial Services, additionally praised Mayfield for his numerous contributions to the Health Sciences Center during Mayfield’s 38-year tenure at the university and referred to him as "the definition of a model employee and supervisor" who "does not seek out attention or toot his own horn, but is rather the grand man behind the scenes who keeps everything working as it should."

"There are so many superlatives that I could mention to describe Sammy, and while all would be true, the list still might fall short of measuring his contributions over 38 years of dedicated service to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences," wrote Terry Henson, associate vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer at the Health Sciences Center, in his letter of support.

"Not only is he competent in the technical sense, Sammy is sought out to assist in crafting solutions when the issues are complex and the answers are not precise," Henson added. "Sammy understands the power of empathy when working with faculty and staff ‘customers’ as they navigate the layers of statutes, regulations, policies and procedures applicable to a particular situation."

Henson also pointed out that Mayfield "is an effective leader who has successfully led a variety of core accounting units through several major system implementations" and that his advice and counsel is valued as a member of campus-wide and institutional task force or policy review initiatives.

"Sammy embodies a unique combination of wisdom and humility," she concluded, adding, "He has never sought the spotlight, yet has applauded others whose accomplishments would not be possible without his contributions. He is truly deserving of this recognition for a body of work that has and continues to contribute to the success of the OU Health Sciences Center."

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