Holly Potter | Recipient of the 2016 Management Excellence Award

Kotmel, right, with Interim President Hunter R. Rawlings III
Potter, right, with Interim President Hunter R. Rawlings III

Holly Potter works for the Johnson Career Management Center, and her outstanding work as an On-Campus Recruiting Manager has won her the 2016 Management Excellence Award.

Holly has worked at Cornell for 23 years; 17 of those at Johnson's Career Management Center.  Holly credits great managers and work-life balance  for her many years at Cornell: “Cornell provided me work-life balance, allowing me to raise my children. Over the years I have had amazing managers that understood what it took for a mom to work full time."

Previous managers and colleagues that have gone on to become friends have had a huge impact in Holly's development in her role. Holly says, “My previous managers and directors trained me to be the manager I am today. I have been very fortunate to work with many amazing people at Cornell that I now consider close friends."

Holly is from Vestal, NY and graduated with a Bachelors in Science from  RIT. She has been married for 26 years to her husband David, and have two beautiful children, Caitlyn and Joel, who own black lab puppies, Ollie and Leo. They also have a mini Doxi named Crosby.  Holly says“My family and I enjoy spending time amongst ourselves and with friends at our family place on Owasco Lake."  

Colleagues praised her very friendly nature, her contagious energy and her efforts to encourage a healthy work-life balance.​  They commend how “Holly constantly works beyond her job duties, arriving early and leaving late.”


“It was truly humbling to receive this award. I am grateful to have such hard working colleagues that genuinely care about one another. It’s always a true team environment.”

- Holly Potter


Another co-worker explained, “She cares to have a relationship with you, and genuinely wants to help. She demonstrates what a good manager is.”

One of her employees highlighted her efforts to promote Health & Wellness. “To help us get away from our desks she often suggests walking for our weekly 1-on-1 meetings! I couldn't ask for a better boss or more positive role model!” Holly is seen by her colleagues as “a true ambassador of the Career Management Center and Johnson Student Services as a whole.”

To summarize her excellence, one employee affirmed that “the bottom line is, Holly genuinely cares about the students, faculty, and staff.”

We at Cornell  are so glad to have you as a part of our team! Congratulations, Holly!