Moritz Alumni Receive Top University Staff Honors
Sponsored by The Ohio State University Office of Human Resources, the Distinguished Staff Awards are presented yearly. Moritz Law alumni Brad Myers ’80 and Kate Haller ’75 were among the 12 recipients for 2007. President Karen Holbrook, Executive Vice President and Provost Barbara Snyder, and Associate Vice president for Human Resources Larry Lewellen presented the recipients with a $1,500 honorarium, a $700 addition to their base salary, and a crystal trophy at a luncheon on June 19th.
Feature stories on Brad and Kate are reprinted here with permission from OnCampus, the OSU faculty and staff newspaper.
Office of Enrollment Services and Undergraduate Education
Brad Myers came to Ohio State as a freshman in 1973 and hasn’t stopped moving up since. Known as an articulate and insightful leader, Myers has advanced through a number of high-profile administrative positions to become a well-known and respected registrar.
As registrar, Myers collaborated with others to change facets of the registration process at Ohio State, from the once innovative telephone registration system BRUTUS- in which he acted as the voice of BRUTUS- to the current web registration system that students use. Along with his leadership in these areas, Myers is involved in the implementation of the new Student Information System and the construction of the new Student Academic Services building.
“He has an unwavering commitment to excellence, the ability to
articulate a clear vision that inspires others, and a sincere dedication
to the highest level of professionalism,” a colleague said.
Known for his accessibility to faculty, staff, and students, Myers is seen as a mentor and role model to those who know him. He remains actively involved in student organizations and the community and he contributes to collegiate registrar associations, including the Ohio Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers in which he has served as president. In this organization he is fondly known as the “FERPA Doctor,” because he is a well-known expert on the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act and has been instrumental in publishing a guide about its laws.
“I have always considered him to be one of the most important people
on campus,” one colleague said. “He is a critical part of
the glue that holds our great university together, and his hard work,
dedication, and competence are unparalleled.”
Associate General Counsel
As former chief legal counsel for the Medical Center, Kate Haller provided legal service in the areas of litigation, contracts and other commercial transactions, and risk management. Haller now works for the Ohio Department of MR/DD.
While at Ohio State her duties went beyond legal representation. She presented educational seminars to physicians and spearheaded the creation of the university self-insurance program to include the faculty of the Medical Center. She directed the legal work for the Medical Center’s acquisition of the former Park Medical Center and helped transform it into University Hospitals East.
Haller, who was at Ohio State for 16 years, was a key member of the team that created OSU Physicians Inc., the integrated practice plan for more than 700 Medical Center physicians. The merger of all these providers into one has meant cost savings and streamlined delivery of care.
But that was just her day job. In her free time, Haller works on the Diversity Vision Council of the United Way to promote race relations. She leads CARE Columbus, a United Way initiative to improve public health through cultural competency training for health care professionals.
Closer to home, Haller chaired the OSU Medical Center Diversity Committee and instituted the Diversity Book Club, where Medical Center employees gather to read and discuss books dealing with diversity issues. She also served as the second chair of the President’s Council on Women.
A colleague, looking at the scope of Haller’s contributions to
the university, said “Kate Haller has been at the center of all
the projects that have made the Medical Center what it is today. She always
operates with integrity and serves with humility. She is a role model
for other administrators and lawyers in her tireless commitment to always
doing what is right.”