Dr. David Hale and Lee Harris were recognized for their commitment to service and excellence as members of The University of Alabama’s faculty and staff by President Stuart R. Bell during the annual Spring Campus Assembly on Tuesday.
Dr. David Hale, professor of information systems, statistics and management information in UA’s Culverhouse College of Business, received the E. Roger Sayers Endowed Distinguished Service Award. The award is given to faculty and exempt administrative personnel who have performed in an exemplary manner to further the University’s mission. It is named in honor of former UA President Roger Sayers.
“I’m greatly honored by this award, but it really goes to those who were part of all of our projects,” said Hale. “Working with our students over the years has been very gratifying.”
Hale’s current research includes the creation of a cross-industry integrated body of knowledge for aging infrastructure systems command and control systems. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Dept. of Commerce and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, among others. Hale received the UA National Alumni Association’s Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award, the University’s highest honor for excellence in teaching, in 2008.
Lee Harris, assistant chief of the UA Police Department, was honored with the Dr. Minnie C. Miles Endowed Excellence Award. Established in 1995, the award recognizes exempt, non-faculty administrative employees who have exceeded expectations set for their position. The award is named in honor of Dr. Minnie C. Miles, a former business faculty member whose UA career spanned more than 35 years.
“It’s an honor to receive this award considering it’s named after Dr. Miles and knowing everything she did for the University,” said Harris. “But it’s not just about me. There were a lot of people that helped me during my career and numerous colleagues both in and out of the police department that work with me to try and make the University the safest place we possibly can.”
Harris graduated from UA in 1985 and has served in UA’s Police Department for the past 31 years. He currently oversees the Operations Division, which is responsible for the general safety and security of all members of the campus community.