Martinez receives Distinguished Service Staff Award

Maria Martinez, associate vice president of human resources and risk management, received the 2018 Helen A. Ward Crossley Distinguished Service Award during Rollins’ Annual Staff Awards Celebration on Thursday, May 24.

The annual award was established in 1999 as a means of recognizing Rollins staff members for their outstanding service and dedication to the College. It is named for Helen Crossley, who worked at the College for 59 years for five Rollins presidents and personifies this recognition.

This year, Martinez is celebrating 30 years of dedicated service to Rollins as well as her retirement. She has served Rollins under four presidents. Over the course of her career at Rollins, Martinez has built the foundation for and led the Office of Human Resources and Risk Management and has personally touched the lives of many faculty and staff. She has also helped shape and steward an exceptional work culture, one that has contributed to Rollins’ recurring recognition as an Honor Roll Great College to Work For by the Chronicle of Higher Education and Modern Think.

“Her extraordinary leadership and contributions extend beyond her great work at Rollins,” says Andy Brantley, president and CEO of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). “Her leadership of CUPA-HR has spanned almost three decades and has included service as chair of our southern region and member of the national board of directors.

“Maria is the personification of service, innovation, creativity, and initiative, and it has been a privilege and an honor to work with her. It is an even greater honor and privilege to know that she is my friend for life.”

The CUPA-HR national board recently granted Martinez honorary life membership in the association. Honorary life membership is a special designation granted to a small group of retired CUPA-HR members who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the higher-education human-resources profession. 

In recognition of her service to Rollins, Martinez received $1,000 and a trophy. Her name will also be engraved on the Helen A. Ward Crossley memorial plaque.