Distinguished Staff Award
Department: International Services Office
On the job: Director; 34 years at the UW.
Achievements: Gary Ausman, '63, '74, has been the link between the UW and its international community of students, faculty and visiting scholars for 27 years. As the director of the International Services Office, Ausman and his staff serve the fifth largest international community at a U.S. university2,500 students, 1,000 visiting faculty/scholars and 1,500 others taking non-credit courses. Ausman is essential to both the UW administation and its international community in interpreting complex U.S. immigration laws. And he solves problems with amazing tact, patience, gentleness and diplomacy.
Quote: "After September 11, Gary's office was immersed in a whirlwind of visa and transit issues, the glare of TV lights and cameras, and the uncertainty of what new legislation would pass through Congress and when. ...Gary kept his composure and continued to work tirelessly to assist all incoming international students, many of whom had to scramble for new flights, new visas and new ports of entry into the U.S. Gary's shoulder-to-the-wheel mentality sent a clear message that amidst a sense of uncertainty pervasive at that time, he would do all in his power to deliver his services as expected."Executive Director Anita Verna Crofts, Foundation for International Understanding Through Students