2014 Rufus T. Firefly Award for Excellence in Innovative Service
Jeff Butler, director of Facilities Services, won the Firefly Award of Excellence given to an employee who holds a professional position within the university system and who has demonstrated tangible innovation, positive and broad impact on student experience, and/or leadership distinguished by role modeling in a professional capacity. The award carries a $1,500 honorarium.
Butler received both his bachelor's and master's degrees at MSU, and he has worked in progressively more responsible managerial and leadership capacities at Facilities Services. He developed a system to assess the condition of campus facilities and to track the management of those systems. His system was so successful that other MSU campuses started using it, and eventually it was made available at the state and national level. He is one of the founders of Leadership MSU.