Two College of Science staff members have been honored by Texas A&M University and The Association of Former Students with the 2021 President’s Meritorious Service Award, Texas A&M’s highest recognition for staff.
Sharon Esparza, a business coordinator II in the Department of Mathematics, and Sandra Horton, a program coordinator I in the Department of Chemistry, are among the 27 individual staff members and two teams announced March 30 by Texas A&M Interim President John L. Junkins as this year’s honorees.
Esparza and Horton will be officially recognized along with their fellow 2021 PMSA recipients at a virtual awards ceremony set for 10 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 19. Each will receive a $1,000 cash award, a commemorative plaque and a lapel pin.
“The President’s Meritorious Service Awards recognize and reward staff for their commendable service to our great university,” Junkins said. “Recipients of this highly prestigious award have demonstrated their commitment to the Aggie core values of excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service. To each of them, I extend my most sincere congratulations and deep appreciation for their tremendous efforts that make Texas A&M such a great place to live and work.”
Established in 1986, the President’s Meritorious Service Awards are presented annually to recognize 25 outstanding staff employees, two outstanding teams and two outstanding supervisors for their meritorious service to the university. The program, which is sponsored by the Office of the President and The Association of Former Students, is coordinated by the Division of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness.
Esparza has been a business coordinator for 23 of her 29 years at Texas A&M, overseeing day-to-day business duties as one of the strongest pillars of support in Texas A&M Mathematics. As a mentor to many junior staff, she has an open door to counsel staff and faculty on financial matters. During COVID, Esparza’s quick action to procure equipment and communicate with vendors proved essential to the success of the department’s classes moving online.
Horton, who earned her bachelor’s of arts degree in anthropology from Texas A&M in 2019, has 19 years of service to the university. On any given day, there is a steady stream of students who stop by her Texas A&M Chemistry office to share their academic and personal successes. Horton is renowned for her ability to connect one-on-one with students from diverse socioeconomic, geographic and cultural backgrounds as well as her rapport with former students. Her loyalty to the department’s graduate program is cited as proof that she will always go the extra mile for Texas A&M chemistry students.
To see a complete list of winners or find additional information about the program, visit http://employees.tamu.edu/employee-recognition/pmsa/.
Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or [email protected]