NMSU’s Katrina Doolittle receives Crouch Award
Writer: Samuel Horstman, (575) 646-3082, firstname.lastname@example.org
Katrina Doolittle, executive director of the environmental health and safety department in Facilities and Services at New Mexico State University, has received the university’s 2013 Ralph B. Crouch Memorial Award. NMSU Interim President Manuel Pacheco presented the award to Doolittle on April 30 in the Corbett Center Ballrooms.
Doolittle was nominated by Glen Haubold, assistant vice president for Facilities and Services at NMSU, who has worked with Doolittle since 2008.
“A lot of people have strings of accomplishments,” Haubold said. “Katrina has a career full of accomplishments. She has made New Mexico state an environmental safe place to be, she has built the department from the ground up.”
Doolittle, born and raised in New Mexico, first attended NMSU as a student in 1976. She earned her doctorate in 1991, shortly after she began working at the university. In 1994, she became the director of the environmental health and safety department.
“To read the wonderful things that people wrote about me really meant a lot,” she said. “Whether or not I received the award the comments would have been enough. I think the impression that you’ve made on people is the most rewarding part.”
Doolittle also noted that it is partnerships in safety that makes the real difference in the effectiveness of safety programs.
In the nomination packet, David Rockstraw, academic department head and professor of chemical engineering wrote, “Dr. Doolittle mobilizes a crack team of experts when a safety issue is identified and swiftly corrects the problem.”
Ben Woods, NMSU chief of staff, wrote in his nomination letter, “Prior to her arrival, the EHS department approached the campus with a stick in hand. Katrina single handedly changed that culture and with it, enhanced and expanded the effectiveness of her organization and its benefits to the campus community.”
NMSU Interim Provost Jay Jordan wrote, “More importantly, these accomplishments have been made while earning the respect of faculty and staff and gaining willing cooperation for her programs by establishing relationships that facilitate and foster a culture of safety and compliance.”
Ralph B. Crouch was former head of NMSU’s mathematics department and former associate dean of the graduate school. The award is given each year to a current or living former NMSU employee who has made an outstanding contribution to the university community.