Marquette’s director of environmental health and safety receives Excellence in University Service Award

July 25, 2019

Dennis Daye, director of environmental health and safety MILWAUKEE — Dennis Daye, director of environmental health and safety, was recently named a recipient of a Marquette University Excellence in University Service Award.

Daye understands the importance of his job and performs it with seriousness, a great attention to detail, and a willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty. In nearly 13 years at Marquette, he has established a reputation for dedication to improve lab conditions with the highest level of excellence, diligence and vigor.

“I have worked closely with Dennis to address a number of challenging situations that have required dedicated leadership and excellent judgement,” says Dr. John Mantsch. “I have always been impressed by his demeanor, character, work ethic and positive attitude. It is clear that he cares for this institution, its employees and its students.”

Since he came on board, he has overseen a remarkable transformation and modernization of the university’s procedures. This year, his office completed another tremendously successful peer audit through the WAICU Environmental Health and Safety Peer Audit Program, with the university receiving glowing reviews for the EHS infrastructure that Daye created and maintains.

 “Dennis is instrumental to the research operations of this university,” says Dr. Marieke Gilmartin. “He ensures that each individual research lab is in compliance with all safety guidelines, personally working with each lab and its unique requirements. Beyond compliance, he helps us to maintain a safe working environment for our students.”

Marquette has undergone significant research growth in an increasingly demanding regulatory culture, and the progress that has been made under his leadership cannot be understated.

The Excellence in University Service Awards recognize staff members for their contributions to the essential work of Marquette at the highest level of excellence. Candidates are nominated based on meritorious service that is above and beyond the duties normally assigned to their positions. Nominees demonstrate and support the Ignatian ideal of care for others, as well as carrying out the mission of the university on an ongoing basis.

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