LAWRENCE — In February, the School of Business honored Navy Rear Admiral Mark Heinrich as a distinguished MBA alumnus. Recently, he returned the favor. In a surprise ceremony, the admiral named the administrative director of masters programs Dee Steinle an Honorary Supply Corps Officer for her work with Navy officers earning their MBA.
"One of the most prestigious awards we as a Supply Corps can bestow on someone is to make them an honorary Supply Corps Officer," Heinrich said.
The Navy document outlining the award says, "The awards are made in the cases of extraordinary service to the Supply Corps and are bestowed only on the most worthy nominees."
There are approximately 90 honorary supply corps officers including former congressman Ike Skelton and retired United States Navy Vice Admiral Timothy LeFleur, placing Steinle in elite company.
"I was so honored and overwhelmed," Steinle said. "It's just me doing my job and to be recognized and told I've made a difference is a pretty amazing thing."
Steinle started working with Navy officers in 2001. Since then, the number of officers in the MBA program has more than doubled. This year 12 officers graduated with a master's degree.
"I find working with the officers to be really interesting," Steinle said. "They're a lot of fun and very appreciative. They make it easy for me to be around them."
"The accolades came pouring in when I asked for some thoughts about Dee," Heinrich said. "That is a testament to the respect and appreciation the Supply Corps and Navy has for Dee."
View photos from award ceremony here.