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Seguil honored with Distinguished Staff Award

Natalia Cervantes
April 24, 2017

People who know Cesar Seguil say he’s one incredibly dedicated Buckeye. The two-time graduate and director of academic services in the Department of Teaching and Learning has been honored with the highest honor bestowed upon staff at the university.

The Distinguished Staff Award is given annually to 12 individuals for their outstanding achievements, service, leadership and dedication to the university. The awardees enhance the quality of work life, provide outstanding support to others, develop creative solutions to problems and consistently demonstrate university values.

Seguil was nominated by Azita Manouchehri, professor of teaching and learning, for his “outstanding achievements, leadership, dedication and service to The Ohio State University community.” In her letter of support, Manouchehri stated that “Cesar exemplifies competence, professionalism, humility, integrity and commitment to excellence; qualities that distinguish stars from other bright lights.”

Inspiring by example

“His leadership style empowers his staff to make decisions that are consistently in the best interest of the institution and in line with professional standards,” wrote Lauren Salamone, coordinator for curriculum and licensure.

With more than 10 years of service, he provides professional expertise but also a personal touch that both students and staff appreciate.

Doctoral student Xiangquan Yao recalled how Seguil helped his family find information on graduate housing when they arrived from China. Based on his conversations with other graduate students, he realized that the personalized help Seguil provided “was not part of his job description.” He described Seguil as “truly a student advocate.”

Seguil is known for his vibrant and welcoming attitude and the prompt attention he gives to questions by students or staff. Students feel comfortable approaching him. Staff members respect that he gives them the ability to grow and gain leadership skills, said Ruth McKoy Lowery, professor and associate chair of the department.

Seguil uses his intricate understanding of policies and procedures plus his effective people skills to “create transparency so all can easily understand whatever needs to be done,” she noted.

Seguil actively promotes the university’s values of diversity and empathy. He serves on the Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement committee as well as the Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce of the University Staff Advisory Committee. In his daily practice, he emphasizes providing support and resources for historically underserved student populations.

At Ohio State, Seguil has made a name for himself as someone who will go the extra mile for others. He credits his experiences as an undergraduate and graduate student when engaging with and recruiting prospective students.

Seguil’s ability to connect and serve others has grown in his time here. “I truly appreciate and value the opportunities my academic and professional experiences at Ohio State have provided,” he said.”

“Although it’s a large campus, [Ohio State] feels small thanks to the professional connections and friendships I’ve formed throughout the years. Both on a professional and personal level, I genuinely like to help people and give back.”


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