Chancellor's Award for Staff Excellence

The Chancellor’s Award for Staff Excellence recognizes and salutes the dedication and commitment of a staff member in advancing the mission of WSU Vancouver. Award criteria includes active participation in campus activities, excellent performance in the staff member's own role, demonstrated leadership on behalf of WSU Vancouver and going the "extra mile" to advance WSU Vancouver.


Nolan Yaws-Gonzalez

Business Growth Mentor and Analysis Program manager

Nolan Yaws-Gonzalez was nominated while serving as assistant manager of the Student Resource Center. Praised as a natural leader who is committed to students’ success, he led Career Services and New Student programs, including the successful Career and Internship Fair. Recently, as chair of the ROAR Task Force, he authored a report proposing significant changes and was tasked with implementing them. He serves on several university committees and advised the Cougar Pride Club.

Yaws-Gonzalez accepted the position of Business Growth Mentor and Analysis Program manager in the Carson College of Business in September 2019.


Past award recipients

2017 – 2018
Shawn Welter

2016 – 2017
Mistie Josephson

2015 – 2016
Nikki Hinshaw

2014 – 2015
Daniel Garcia Rojas

2013 – 2014
Maureen Keller

2012 – 2013
Kim Estes

2011 – 2012
Bola Majekobaje

2010 – 2011
Barb Krahn

2009 – 2010
Kawni Toulson

2008 – 2009
Jan Johnson

2007 – 2008
Jenell Ashbaugh

2006 – 2007
Helen Stewart

2005 – 2006
Vicki Darnell

2004 – 2005
Debbie Runyan

2003 – 2004
Dawn Banker

2002 – 2003
Theresa Phimister

2001 – 2002
Jean Lang

2000 – 2001
Wayne Brown

1999 – 2000
Joan Daugherty

1998 – 1999
Julie Hanke

1997 – 1998
Myrna Howard

1996 – 1997
Lynda Dezellem

1995 – 1996
Shaun Elhard