Michael Bisesi receives Patriot Award for service member support

Vice dean recognized as a “standout supervisor” by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

Mark Weir, Michael Bisesi and Bob Skinner

Michael Bisesi, College of Public Health vice dean for academic affairs and academic administration and interim chair of the college’s Division of Environmental Health, received an award for his outstanding support for college employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. Bisesi retired from the college at the end of June.

Bisesi was nominated for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award by Associate Professor Mark Weir, a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve. Weir called Bisesi a “standout supervisor” in his nomination letter, and highlighted the steps Bisesi has taken to provide personal and professional support.

“While I have been in the Navy Reserve for only a short time thus far, Dr. Bisesi is the reason it has been seamless with regards to my civilian employer,” Weir said. “He has always been supportive of my application process, service, training and schedule.”

ESGR is a Department of Defense program that promotes cooperation and understanding between reserve component service members and their civilian employers. Bisesi was surprised with the award on June 26 by Bob Skinner, a representative from ESGR.