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Graduate College Assistant Dean Receives Chancellor's Staff Excellence Award

Charlotte Bauer, center, holds her Chancellor's Staff Excellence Award.

Charlotte Bauer, Assistant Dean for Communications and Strategic Planning in the Graduate College, has received an inaugural Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Award recognizing exceptional performance at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

The CSEA Program combines the Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence award and the Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award into a unified Chancellor’s staff award program. The CSEA recognizes the importance of the outstanding work of all university staff members who perform a wide range of critical functions for the university. A committee recommends finalists, who are then approved by Chancellor Robert Jones.











Hired as the Graduate College’s first communications specialist, Charlotte Bauer has expanded her role to become the assistant dean for communications and strategic planning. She has developed and implemented a multifaceted communications strategy to increase awareness of graduate students as a distinct and integral population on campus and online.

Under her leadership, what began as a weekly email bulletin to graduate students, GradLINKS, has expanded into a multimedia suite of communications channels to not only graduate students but also their faculty mentors, departmental contacts and campus service units. Her communications strategy has fostered a graduate community on campus from recruiting through graduation that celebrates graduate students and supports their success.

For Bauer, communications and strategic planning are integrated and collaborative processes. An adept convenor of stakeholders, she brings people together to think strategically about how to promote and enhance graduate education at Illinois. Nearly everything she does tells the Illinois story and supports the Illinois brand.

Click here to learn more and read the full list of honorees at the Illinois News Bureau.