November Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award Winner – Kelly Benson

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The Professional Staff Council would like to congratulate the November Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award recipient: Kelly Benson!

November 2019 Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award Winner Kelly Benson, University of Missouri College of Education

Tristan Halper’s Nomination

Kelly Benson is a senior academic advisor for the Advising Office. Kelly is the one person who knows everything about advising. Kelly is always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty and her job description to help students, staff and faculty in any way possible. Kelly will drop everything to help a student. She is always very patient, professional and kind. She is constantly striving to improve the student’s time at MU. She is our “border collie” and without her the Advising Office would not be the same. She will dig and dig until she finds the reason something is the way it is, and then if it needs to be changed she will push to get it changed. She is truly one of the best student advocates I have met. I sincerely hope Kelly gets this award as there is no one more deserving.

November 2019 Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award Winner Kelly Benson, University of Missouri College of Education

Shawna Nichols’ Nomination

Kelly is a wonderful and caring advisor who continuously works hard to support our students. I see that students feel comfortable working with her and seek her out for guidance though out their college careers. Kelly always has a smile on her face and is willing to assist whenever asked. She has a strong work ethic and is highly dedicated to the students in the College. Kelly helped me navigate through many graduation questions and concerns during my first year with the ceremony, and regularly brainstormed ideas with me to improve our Commencement Ceremony process. I consider Kelly to be highly valued by our team and truly worthy of this award.


Established by former Interim Dean Rose Porter, the Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award celebrates the dedication, resolve, leadership, and overall excellence of individuals making significant contributions to the MU College of Education. Rose Porter has always been a strong advocate for staff, noting that “they keep the place running.” Jill Williams-Graham (M ED 1990) and her husband Dr. Steven Graham, Sr. Associate Vice-President, UM System, joined Dr. Rose Porter and her husband Dr. Michael Porter, recognizing the immense impacts staff have in the running of the college. 


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