Beth Kroger has been selected as a 2015 Chancellor’s Employee of the Year recipient. Kroger, who is JILA’s Chief of Operations, ensures that JILA is a great place to do research at the University of Colorado Boulder. She sets an example for JILA staff by viewing her job as an opportunity to learn, be creative, and help the Institute grow and be successful.
Kroger serves as JILA’s administrative advisor to Institute leadership, oversees staff, and ensures that JILA’s finances are balanced and meet ever-evolving internal and external standards. On top of all this, Kroger keeps JILA running well and makes work fun by providing an endless supply of chocolate in her office, weekly treats, and special events such as cookie decorating and paper airplane contests.
“I have never met anyone like Beth,” said Kim Monteleone, Executive Assistant at JILA, in her nomination letter. “She is diplomatic, professional, polished, brilliant, and open-minded.”
In addition to her duties at JILA, Kroger volunteers her time on the University of Colorado Boulder Staff Council, serves on the board of Rotary International, and prepares specials meals at the Attention Homes. She volunteers at Greenhouse Scholars (a non-profit dedicated to helping low-income, first-generation college students), and is on the Board of Trustees at Dakota Wesleyan University.