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Charter Bank Staff Excellence Award Goes to Two Anderson School of Management Staff Members

April 10, 2009

Kaye Summerhays and Eugene
(Albuquerque, NM) Anderson School of Management staff members Eugene Ro on ey and Kaye Summerhays are the recipients of the 2009 Charter Bank Staff Excellence Award.

The annual award honors staff members who have provided extraordinary service to the UNM Anderson School. It is sponsored by Robert Wertheim, an Anderson alum, Chairman of the Board of Charter Companies, Anderson National Advisory Board member, and a respected community leader.

Eugene Ro on ey has an undergraduate degree in computer engineering and received his MBA from the Anderson School. He worked here as a graduate assistant and was hired full-time as a Programmer Analyst II after graduating in 2006. Ro on ey, as he prefers to be called, manages the Anderson website, internal database applications and keeps track of student enrollment numbers. He also has an active role in the many Anderson events, and along with supervisor Josh Saiz, is responsible for the impressive Hall of Fame Show.

Kaye Summerhays came to work at Anderson nine years ago after spending two years at University Hospital. She is the administrative assistant for the FIT academic department and says she prefers an educational environment over that of the corporate world. One of the highlights of Kaye’s job is interacting with students and during the summer months she especially enjoys working with the Anderson foreign student programs.

Kaye says she was thrilled to learn she was selected for the award where the nominations come from Anderson staff and faculty members. She says “one of the best things about working at Anderson is the congeniality of the staff.”

Ro on ey says it is “a great honor” to receive the award, but quickly adds the award is a reflection of the people he works with. He says they work as a team to support the students, faculty and staff of Anderson and UNM.
Interim Dean Amy Wohlert says that “Ro on ey and Kaye are great examples of the Anderson spirit. They praise their colleagues and downplay their own contributions, but they are indeed truly outstanding representatives of our School.”

Robert Wertheim has funded the Charter Bank Award endowment since 1987. Lee Patchell, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, announced the award winners. “Charter Bank Mortgage Insurance remains strongly committed to higher education and our community,” said Patchell. “We understand the challenges that UNM/Anderson staff face in light of the budget cuts facing New Mexico and we are ecstatic to be able to contribute to Anderson’s mission in this important way.”


The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit, email, or call (505) 277-6471.