Bryan Salvadore Named KU Employee of the Month for May 2021

Hawkinson presenting award to Salvadore.

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Congratulations to Bryan Salvadore, director of communications, on being named Kutztown University Employee of the Month for May 2021.

Salvadore's nomination from Matt Santos, vice president for University Relations and Athletics, reads:

"Bryan was an integral part of our planning and execution of both the fall and spring return to campus. As a regular member of the Emergency Management Team, Bryan has always been an excellent communications official. He has provided communications information on many of our severe situations and has repeatedly met any request that that has been asked of him. When the pandemic hit Kutztown University, his role was significantly expanded as our communications on the pandemic, mitigation efforts and daily updates became vital information and showed our transparency. As decisions were made for us to empty our residence halls and transition to an online format, Bryan was tasked with developing the communications and delivering them to the to the university community.

As we began to plan for our fall semester, the Emergency Management Team was placed as the lead developer of the plan to provide the educational experience to our students. The team was expanded to include subject matter experts from many areas and as the plan began to develop, Bryan served as an editor to and contributor to the semester plan. His Daily Announcement on the pandemic has become the most anticipated information each day and he has written countless replies to questions and inquiries. Additionally, he continues his role as director of communications and routinely provides responses to public inquiries on the pandemic, incidents and other questions asked to the university. I have come to rely heavily on his abilities and his skills.

During the fall semester, the deputy director of the Emergency Management Team retired. In consultation with the Office of the President, it was recommended and confirmed that Bryan would assume the deputy leadership position within the Emergency Management Team. Bryan took the duties of the position and ran with them. He spent hours discussing, planning, writing and editing our plan and sharing the transparency of what was happening. While undertaking these additional duties, he also managed and juggled his regular responsibilities as director of communications.

As we transitioned from the fall semester to planning for the spring semester, our return plan took several steps forward and resulted in significant changes due to the ability to locate additional resources and improve our testing of the university community. These changes caused Bryan to increase his workload as he drafted and documented the changes and shared the information with the university community.

Bryan has shown a dedication to Kutztown University and has excelled in his duties. His commitment to his position speaks volumes about his abilities and he has played an integral part in Kutztown University's plans and operations during the pandemic. I, nor the Emergency Management Team, could not have accomplished the tasks that have been done without his efforts and hard work. Bryan undoubtedly has earned this employee recognition."

Note: recipients will be recognized in order of presentation, due to scheduling conflicts.

Nominations are collected from students, faculty and staff, and the Employee of the Month is selected by the Human Resources Advisory Council. A winner will be selected each month, and out of the 12 monthly winners one will be selected as Employee of the Year. The Employee of the Month will receive a plaque, reserved parking and a $100 monetary gift sponsored by President Hawkinson.

For more information on the award or to nominate someone, please visit the KU human resources website.