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Mauricio Benitez—new Centennial Star

Benitez starTo celebrate Rice’s centennial, this year the university will honor 100 staff members who represent the best of Rice culture. Each week, Centennial Stars will be recognized for their contributions to excellence, and we’ll introduce them in Rice News.

This week’s Centennial Stars is  known for wearing many hats within his department. He is Mauricio Benitez, senior department administrator in the Department of Chemistry.

Benitez’ past experiences in Human Resources and the Department of Bioengineering, along with his passion to be an excellent administrator and manager, have resulted in an invaluable staff member, a colleague stated in a letter of nomination for the award.

“Mauricio is considered a true resource, not only in our department but across the school and university,” the colleague wrote. “He has been approached more than once to serve on various committees that solve real problems, and has made considerable contributions resulting in improved processes.”

Benitez is known for his affable personality and calm, professional attitude.

“He has a way of ending a difficult conversation on a laugh and a way of turning a bad outcome into a positive experience,” the colleague wrote. “His leadership qualities are some of the best I have seen, and I look forward to his contributions to Rice for many years to come.”