Michelle Thomas receives Prodesse Quam Conspici Award

Michelle Thomas headshot

The award being bestowed on the Farmer School’s Director of Student Organizations & Diversity this week probably isn’t much of a surprise to those who know Michelle Thomas.

Thomas will receive Miami University’s Prodesse Quam Conspici Award. The award is inspired by Miami's motto that is found on the University's seal, which means "to accomplish without being conspicuous." The award honors those who embody servant leadership with great humility.

"I am delighted, but not surprised, that Michelle was selected for this honor. Her tireless work on behalf of our students and the impact she has on potential students is extraordinary," Farmer School dean Jenny Darroch said.

“I met Michelle through the Passport Program. When I met her, I knew we were going to be friends, even after college,” junior accounting major Brandon Stewart remarked. “She was very welcoming, she understood what my needs were, both personal and in school. I feel like Farmer couldn't do as much without her, especially with all of things that she does.”

“She works really closely with the business fraternities’ presidents, so throughout the past year, I've gotten the opportunity to talk with her a bunch and meet with her. I think that she is one of the easiest people to talk to because she's always so kind and wants the best for every organization. I know that she's always in my corner, former Alpha Kappa Psi president and junior finance major Meg Goldberg said. “She genuinely remembers who I am and wants to talk. She definitely does embody the award.”

“Michelle is one of the biggest reasons why my Miami experience has been so positive. She's been able to create such a community and environment for me within MBA and outside of MBA with the support that she gives all of our students,” Multicultural Business Association co-president and junior marketing major Katie Lees noted. “She's just the most caring person that you could ever ask for as a mentor and an advisor, in college and in life.”

Thomas, a 1991 Miami alumna, has worked at the Farmer School since 1999 and has been her current role for nearly a decade.

"This recognition means a great deal to me. I've tried to apply the values that I've learned from my family and from Miami to my personal and professional life,” Thomas said. “There is nothing more rewarding or gratifying than helping students achieve their goals and dreams. If I have contributed to their success in some small way, then that is good enough for me."