The Vanguard Prize

The Vanguard Prize recognizes individuals for outstanding professional achievement in support of student services. The $500 award is earmarked for professional development related to the recipient’s office in any form that the recipient school approves.

The 2014 Vanguard Prize is awarded to Sean Pine Treacy, Assistant Dean for Curriculum and Registration at the UCLA School of Law. Honorable mention is awarded to Suzanne Dennis, Registrar at Brooklyn Law School, and Rebecca Scheller, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Each will be recognized at the Annual Business Meeting in Denver; introductions to each follow below.

Vanguard Prize 2014

Sean Pine Treacy

Sean Pine Treacy, Assistant Dean for Curriculum and Registration

University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law

In nominating Sean for the Vanguard Prize, Dean Rachel Moran describes her accomplishments as a leader: “(1) in advancing our use of technology; (2) in strategic and facilities planning; and (3) in curricular management and policy….In all of these areas…Sean manifests the customer service approach she fosters in her staff. She takes the time to establish personal connections with administrators, faculty, staff, and students so they feel comfortable coming to her with problems and suggestions. Sean has a positive, can-do spirit that, along with her great sense of humor, makes others look forward to working with her.”

Dean Moran also quotes a former UCLA Law dean, Jonathan Varat, who says, “Sean does much more than perform her job. She is one of those people who constantly look for ways to make things better. She takes initiative to anticipate both problems and opportunities, and she follows through on courses of action to such a degree that one never needs to worry that a matter for which she has taken responsibility will languish or be left unresolved.”

Sean is a native Los Angelino and graduate of California State University, Northridge, where she received a B.S. in Management Information Systems. She has spent her entire professional career (33 years thus far) at UCLA, following in the footsteps of her mother who also had a long and distinguished career in student services at UCLA. Sean began her career as a clerk in the main campus Registrar’s Office and worked her way up to become Assistant Dean for Curriculum and Registration (after serving as Registrar and Chief Information Officer) for the School of Law. As Assistant Dean, Sean supervises the current Registrar and Chief Information Officer and works closely with faculty and students on a wide variety of academic and administrative matters. She also is responsible for curriculum scheduling and assists with classroom and building renovation projects. She has overseen the transformation of the law school’s use of technology and has implemented numerous new services, including a Curriculum Guide, an on-line grading system and on-line course and exam evaluations. In addition, she plays an integral role in strategic and facilities planning matters.

Sean is married to Terence Treacy; between them, they have three adult children, Bryan, Connor and Kiley. She enjoys spending time with family, all types of sports (mostly college games and only as a spectator), and outdoor activities including long walks on the beach with her husband. She has hiked to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park several times.

Vanguard Prize 2014: Honorable Mention

(in alphabetical order)

Suzanne Dennis

Suzanne DennisSuzanne Dennis, Registrar, Brooklyn Law School

In nominating Suzanne, Dean Nick Allard said, “Suzanne brought our Registrar’s Office into the 21st century and continues to innovate its processes to serve our students every day….Suzanne has assumed responsibility for many facets of Brooklyn Law School’s operations formerly handled by our Dean’s Office. Suzanne is…proactive…[she] jumps in to try to problem-solve….Suzanne is a prominent member and leader of her professional community, frequently presenting at [regional] Users Groups….Suzanne is a talented and committed professional, a leader at our institution and in the broader community.”

Suzanne was born and raised in Southern California and has lived in Central New Jersey since 1982. She is ABD in English and American Literature at Claremont Graduate School and has taught composition and literature at Harvey Mudd College and Montclair State University. Suzanne has worked as Scheduling Officer at San Diego State University, Assistant Registrar at Montclair State University, Registrar at Middlesex County College in Edison, NJ, and has been Registrar at Brooklyn Law School since July 2001.

Suzanne loves traveling in France, Italy, and England; cooking, photography, and reading. She especially enjoys shopping in local markets when abroad, buying local and cooking at a rental apartment or house. Suzanne lives with her spouse, her 90 year old mother, a Westie and a Shih-Tzu near Princeton, NJ. She likes to say she has the best of both worlds: Downtown Hipster Brooklyn by day and semi-rural Jersey at night and on the weekends.

Rebecca Scheller

Rebecca Scheller, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, University of Wisconsin Law School

Dean Margaret Raymond tells us that Rebecca, a 2007 graduate of Wisconsin Law, is “an excellent supervisor and administrator… a creative and forward-looking admissions professional. On her own initiative, she has built connections to all of the four-year campuses in the University of Wisconsin System…She revamped our annual Admitted Students Weekend, changing the nature of the social events…with more opportunities to interact with faculty, staff and students, and to get some of the unique flavor of our Law School community….She’s on social media, she reads the blogs, and she is endlessly and graciously responsive to feedback….[She] serves as the Law School’s representative to a bench and bar diversity committee with many very important and senior members…Rebecca’s work is driven by her caring, support, compassion for and commitment to our applicants and our students….Rebecca is the consummate committed professional.”

Rebecca Scheller serves as the Assistant Dean for Admissions & Financial Aid at the University of Wisconsin Law School where she oversees recruitment, admissions and scholarship administration. Prior to joining the Law School, she practiced corporate and real estate law at a firm in Madison, Wisconsin. Rebecca also serves as the Co-Chair of the Committee on Women in the University, a member of the Audit Committee for the Law School Admission Council and as a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin Task Force on Diversity. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her two young children, and can often be seen in the stands of Camp Randall cheering on her beloved Wisconsin Badgers.

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