Huffstutler chosen as UAB VIP

By Brooke Carbo and Nicole Strickland

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Business Office II John Huffstutler is a second-quarter 2024 honoree for the UAB Values in Action Program. The UAB VIP Awards honor employees whose work exemplifies and embodies one or more of the UAB Shared Values: We CARE—Collaborate, Act with Integrity, Respect All and Excel. Huffstutler is one of three honorees who have made a lasting impact on the fabric and culture of the university by exemplifying these shared values.

Huffstutler has proven himself a critical member of the School’s Technology and Innovation team. In his role as a business officer, Huffstutler manages projects for his team and is lauded by his colleagues for his hard work, integrity, collaborative approach and dedication to excellence.

“One of John’s most remarkable qualities is his ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to complex problems,” said Associate Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Technology and Innovation Penni Watts, PhD, RN, CHSE-A, FNAP, ANEF, FSSH, FAAN (PhD 2015). “His strategic thinking and creative approach have resulted in the successful implementation of numerous projects, which have greatly benefited the School.”

In addition to his responsibilities as the business officer, Huffstutler fills in for simulation experiences, orders supplies and equipment, and leads the OTI team by ensuring communication channels are in place and supporting each OTI team member with their daily work. He also serves as assistant director for the SON’s live show-turned-podcast, “Clinical Pearls,” a transition he was instrumental in making a success, according to Associate Adjunct Professor Nancy Wingo, PhD.

“I have hired, managed and engaged with various employees in support roles during the last 16 years, and I can honestly say that John is the steadiest, most dependable employee I have ever met,” said Wingo. “He has a calm and efficient approach to daily tasks, yet he sees the big picture to ensure that we achieve our mission.”

Huffstutler is known for his integrity “whether anyone is watching or not,” said Director of Instructional Technology Matthew Jennings. “John’s commitment to doing what’s right is unwavering.”

Watts credits his collaborative approach and leadership skills to many of his team’s successes.

“John works quietly in the wings to make sure each team member is supported and has exactly what they need to do their work,” Watts said. “It’s not often exciting or easy to keep a busy unit moving, but our projects would not grow and flourish without his dedication and diligence.”

Honorees are nominated by their colleagues and selected by a committee of individuals from across the campus and UAB Hospital. Nominations for third-quarter 2024 honorees are open through July 11, 2024; submit a nomination online. One of the 2024 VIP honorees will be selected for the annual President’s Award for Excellence in Shared Values.

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