The Extraordinary Service to the University award honors faculty members, staff members, or friends for noteworthy service to the university.
Associate Dean and University Registrar Monique Anderson is truly a Vol for Life. She is the daughter of a faculty member and spent a lot of time on campus while growing up. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UT, then embarked on a four-decade career at the university. In her first position as a career counselor, she developed her philosophy of putting students first. As director of advising services for the College of Liberal Arts in 1978, she created and directed the university’s first living and learning community, the Volunteer Community. In her current position, she implemented the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) to help students understand whether their classes would count toward a specified degree, making a significant impact in improving graduation rates. Over the years, Anderson has served on 55 different university committees. Her engagement with the university has always been forward-looking. “Even when her one-on-one interactions with students reduced, she continued to exhibit a never-wavering focus on identifying the needs of students and then finding the best way to meet those needs,” a colleague wrote.