ETSU honors Kim Maturo as Staff Woman of the Year

Published 1:38 pm Monday, May 6, 2024

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East Tennessee State University has recognized Kim Maturo as Staff Woman of the Year.  

This award honors one extraordinary woman who has made an impact in the workplace and improved the quality of life for others through inspiration, service to ETSU, community service, support of women’s causes or organizations or professional accomplishments above or outside normal job responsibilities. Nominated by her peers, Maturo was celebrated for her remarkable contributions and awarded a cash prize at a ceremony in the D.P. Culp University Center on May 1. 

Maturo serves as the office coordinator for the Office of Equity and Inclusion, providing fiscal and administrative support to the office, the Women and Gender Resource Center and the Mary V. Jordan Multicultural Center. 

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“What truly sets Ms. Maturo apart is her exceptional dedication to student, faculty and staff relations. She consistently goes above and beyond to ensure that the needs of our students are not only met but exceeded. Her genuine and empathetic approach fosters positive relationships and leaves a lasting impact on everyone she interacts with,” said Dr. Keith V. Johnson, vice president for Equity and Inclusion.  

In her 13 years at ETSU, Maturo has also worked in the billing office at the College of Nursing’s Office of Practice and the Office of the Dean as an information research technician. During her time in prior roles, she supported the director of fiscal affairs, secretary of the College of Nursing Council, the Budget Advisory Committee and the College of Nursing Bylaws and Standing Rules Committee. She also received the distinguished Staff Member of the Year award in 2012-2013 from the College of Nursing and an IAAP-CAP certification in 2015. 

For the past four years, Maturo’s skills and dedication have contributed to the success of the annual Equity and Inclusion Conference. Her colleagues cite her attention to detail and creative problem-solving in event planning and beyond. In her daily office responsibilities, she is responsible for the creation of newsletters, maintaining the website and distributing high-quality publications. 

“At a personal level, Kim is a committed, helpful and industrious employee with a pleasant personality,” said Dr. Chassidy Cooper, coordinator of the Office of Equity and Inclusion. “Kim demonstrates great perseverance and initiative. She is not only interested in working and assisting the ETSU campus community, but also the entire state of Tennessee and beyond in efforts to achieve inclusive excellence.” 

Since 2012, the ETSU Commission for Women Standing Committee has collaborated with the Women and Gender Resource Center and Office of Equity and Inclusion to annually celebrate female staff members.