TIL TFS2012 project administration web interface gotcha
When managing a TFS2012 server you want to assign a user as an Administrator be careful where you do it.
When viewing a team for a Project the web interface provides a quick form in the left sidebar to add a user as an administrator. This only makes them an administrator for that team. Not the project!
You have to go one level up to the Project then to the security tab and add the user to the Project administrators.