The University Managers Association (UMA) has presented its top honor, the 2019 Manager of the Year Award, to Valerie Tan, associate chair for administration in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Allied Health Sciences (DAHS). The award presented annually by the University Managers Association, recognizes outstanding contributions based on university career accomplishments.

The University Managers Association (UMA) has presented its top honor, the 2019 Manager of the Year Award, to Valerie Tan, Associate Chair for Administration in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Allied Health Sciences. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)
The University Managers Association (UMA) has presented its top honor, the 2019 Manager of the Year Award, to Valerie Tan, Associate Chair for Administration in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Allied Health Sciences.
(Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Of Tan, one nominator wrote: “The UNC School of Medicine has three missions: to care for patients, to educate students; and to advance knowledge through research. In my twenty years as a faculty member at UNC, I have never worked with a manager or administrator who has done more to ensure that we are worthy of the pursuit of our missions. The University is truly fortunate to have a managerial professional so committed to the university’s excellence.” Tan has worked for the DAHS for more than 15 years.