University Recognizes Development Achievement with Annual Mobley Awards

The University of Kentucky recognized faculty and staff from across campus for excellence in furthering UK’s philanthropic efforts at the annual Terry B. Mobley Development Awards ceremony held on campus in November.

This year’s award winners included Dr. David Moecher, Professor and Chair, Earth and Environmental Sciences; Kristin S. Cruser, Director of Creative Services, Office of Development; Seth Flynn, Manager of Development Communications, UK HealthCare; George Thomas Barker, Associate General Counsel and Director, Gift and Estate Planning, Office of Development; and Debbie A. Brown, Prospect Development Analyst, Office of Development.

Mike Richey, UK’s Vice President for Development and Chief Development Officer, congratulated the award winners at the ceremony.

“These distinguished individuals are recognized for their outstanding performance and professional achievement in the area of philanthropy at the University of Kentucky,” Richey noted. “Their dedication, service and extraordinary efforts on behalf of this institution have made a significant difference in the development program at UK.”

Recipients were nominated by UK staff and faculty. Each award consists of an honorarium generated by the Terry B. Mobley Development Awards Endowment and an engraved julep cup. Recipients’ names will also be added to a recognition wall located in the Sturgill Development Building on campus.

– Moecher won the 2014 Development Service Award. This honor is conferred upon a UK administrator, faculty or staff member who demonstrates extraordinary support for development efforts at the University, and who is also a strong advocate for UK philanthropy.

– Cruser and Flynn each received a 2014 Professional Achievement Award. This recognition is given to a professional staff member who has UK development tenure of five or more years, and who consistently demonstrates excellent work performance and has attained outstanding achievement and impact as a development professional.

– Barker won the 2014 Rising Achievement Award. This honor is given to a professional staff member who has UK development tenure of less than five years, and who demonstrates excellent work performance and potential for further outstanding achievement and impact as a development professional.

– Brown received a 2014 Front Line Award which is presented to a support staff member to recognize outstanding performance related to philanthropic efforts at UK.

The Mobley Awards are designed to honor the distinguished development career of Terry B. Mobley by recognizing and rewarding staff and faculty for exceptional attainment in the field of development. Mobley served the University for 27 years as Chief Development Officer and retired as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. He now serves on the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees.

The Terry B. Mobley Development Awards Endowment was established with private gifts when Mobley retired. Awards have been made from the endowment each year since 2005.

“I am pleased that we can honor the outstanding contribution of Terry Mobley to the University by recognizing others who are following in his footsteps,” Richey added.