Robin Izzo Honored with Presidential Achievement Award

May. 7, 2021

Robin Izzo, executive director of the Princeton University Office of Environmental Health and Safety, has been named a 2020 President’s Achievement Award recipient. 

The award recognizes Izzo’s leadership role in shepherding the University through the COVID-19 crisis, including helping to coordinate a public health response, craft new policy, develop and implement campus reopening plans and create a culture of mutual responsibility and respect among students, staff and faculty during an extraordinarily difficult time. 

“When this chapter of Princeton’s history is written, it will no doubt be titled Robin Izzo,” Pablo Debenedetti, Dean for Research, said in nominating Izzo. “In her role as COVID-19, incident commander, she has done more than anyone else I know to coordinate Princeton’s response to the pandemic.” 

Izzo spearheaded the pivot of EHS last spring from an office primarily focused on laboratory and workplace safety to a clearinghouse for COVID-19 information and resources. Coordinating with multiple entities including the Office of the Executive Vice President, Communications, the Dean for Research, University Health Services and state and local public health agencies, in addition to her own hardworking staff, Izzo played a key role in marshalling a University-wide response to the pandemic.

The President’s Achievement Award was established in 1997 to recognize Princeton employees whose dedication, excellent work and special efforts have contributed significantly to the success of their departments and the University. The PAA represents the highest level of recognition for employees on the support and administrative staffs.

Six staff members were recognized with the award for 2020. In addition to Izzo, the honorees are: Joyce Bell, executive assistant, software and application services, Office of Information Technology; Connie Brown, department manager, Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering; Darryl Johnson, logistics coordinator, shipping, receiving and loading dock, Department of Physics; Hector Mejia, technology specialist 2, enterprise infrastructure services, Office of Information Technology; Sohaib Sultan, coordinator for Muslim life, Office of Religious Life.

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Princeton University’s 2019-2020 Report of the Treasurer included a prominent place for EHS, as the report highlighted our work in receiving, processing and delivering PPE for the campus community during the pandemic. View the Report »