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Director of School’s Programs in Health Sector Management and Policy Honored for Community Service

April 15, 2013
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The School’s director of programs in health sector management and policy, Steven Ullmann, is being honored for his service to the University. He is one of four members of the UM community to be honored with this year’s Faculty Senate Awards. Ullmann, who received the James W. McLamore Outstanding Service Award winner, grew up in a family in which service was not only important but expected.

“My 85-year-old mother and my 90-year-old father, to this day, still do volunteer work,” Ullmann said in a statement read by his wife Rhonwyn, who accepted the McLamore Award in his honor during the awards ceremony April 10. An accreditation site visit at another institution prevented him from attending the ceremony.

Established in 1987 and named after the co-founder of Burger King and former chair of the UM Board of Trustees, the award honors a member of the University community who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to the institution.

Ullmann joined the UM faculty in 1979. He currently holds a joint appointment, serving as a professor in the business school’s Departments of Management and Economics as well as in the Miller School’s Departments of Family Medicine and Community Health and Epidemiology and Public Health.

He spent eight years as one of the first associate masters of the University’s residential college system, and then became head master of Mahoney Residential College. In these roles, Ullmann organized numerous programs to help integrate undergraduate students into campus life, assuming the role of mentor, counselor, and parental figure to countless students.

“It’s not what he’s done so much as how he’s done it,” said Gene Anderson, dean of the School of Business Administration. “Steve is one of those rare people whose every word and action promotes just the kind of civility, collaboration, and mutual respect that are so fundamental to the success of an academic community like this.”

Ullmann currently serves as a member of the advisory board of UImprove, a project designed to launch collaborations among schools. He has also held many significant administrative positions, including vice provost for faculty affairs and University administration and dean of the Graduate School.

Outside the University, he has helped provide access to health care to the less fortunate. In 2011, Ullmann received the Faculty Senate’s Outstanding Teaching Award.

This year’s other honorees include Margaret Fischl, professor of medicine and director of the Miller School’s AIDS Clinical Research Unit, who received the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award; Richard S. Myers, a lecturer in the Miller School’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, who received the Outstanding Teaching Award; and William D. Walker, who is stepping down as dean of University of Miami Libraries at the end of the spring semester, was given a special Senate award.

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