Steve Grimsley, office associate in UNK’s Division of Facilities Management and Planning, received the University of Nebraska Board of Regents KUDOS award during today’s meeting.
KUDOS awards recognize university staff for their professional expertise, service and “superior dedication” to UNK and the University of Nebraska. It is the university’s top staff award.
Originally from Perry, Iowa, and holding an associate degree in accounting from the Nebraska College of Business, Grimsley joined UNK in December 2020, bringing with him 35 years of retail management experience. His impact on colleagues in his division and throughout campus has been highly positive.
Grimsley’s list of responsibilities “doesn’t do justice to what he does on a day-to-day basis,” according to his supervisor, Business Manager Megan Telecky.
“Steve always has a smile on his face and is willing to help anyone in any way that he can. He has a positive attitude in all situations and continually goes above and beyond,” Telecky said.
His responsibilities include operating the Facilities Service Desk and providing customer service to departments, students and parents; processing work requests into work orders; data maintenance; scheduling van rentals and maintaining mileage logs for facilities vehicles; performing campus quality assurance checks; assisting managers, supervisors and techs as needed; and scheduling and monitoring staff safety training. Grimsley is also a member of the UNK Sustainability Committee. Restructuring the Facilities Service Desk, updating building maps and setting up QR codes on specific facilities equipment are among the accomplishments he is most proud of.
Colleagues also credit his work with turnaround management schedules; his screening of more than 31,000 work requests in his two years at UNK; and now assisting with a transition to a preventative maintenance schedule to reduce reactive maintenance.
“God has prepared me for this outstanding position. This is a job that I enjoy coming to and learning from each day,” Grimsley said.
He was joined at today’s meeting by his wife Judy, their three daughters and sons-in-law and nine grandchildren.