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Outstanding Administrators

(L-R): Terry Swank, Patricia Fox, Beverley Wyatt

Photographer: Kevin Riddell

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Marge Mowery

Photographer: Kevin Riddell

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Lisa Kamody, chair of Administrative Senate, addresses the crowd

Photographer: Kevin Riddell

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University recognizes top administrators and retirees 


Ohio University held its annual Outstanding Administrator and Service Awards ceremony on Wednesday in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

Each year, three outstanding administrators selected by a special Administrative Senate selection committee, administrators with 10 or more years of service (in five-year increments) and retiring administrators are recognized.

First given in 1975, Outstanding Administrator Awards are presented to individuals who exemplify a strong commitment and distinguished service to Ohio University.

President Roderick J. McDavis took time to thank all administrators.

"Administrators play an important role in the success of Ohio University," said President Roderick J. McDavis. "Many times the first contacts that potential students and their parents have are with you and your colleagues. I appreciate the encouragement, expertise and valuable services you provide to all who interact with the University community."

This year, the committee chose Patricia Fox, enrollment manager at Ohio University Lancaster Campus; Terry Swank, assistant administrator in the Child Development Center; and Beverley Wyatt, associate director of operations in Event Services as outstanding administrators.

Fox was chosen for her dedicated support of students and for "wearing many hats" at the Lancaster Campus. Her nominators admired her enthusiasm and positive outlook in dealing with the students' day-to-day problems and concerns. She also received credit for creating the Mount Carmel Nursing Program Partnership and the Dual Enrollment program and helping make Student Services a smooth operation.

Swank was honored for being instrumental in the development and success of the Child Development Center. Her nominators praised her for mentoring and supporting new staff members, maintaining a good rapport with parents and supervising student interns. She received special recognition for preparing the CDC for the National Association for the Education of Young Children's latest guidelines and accreditation visit. She also played a key role in the development of the CDC's new children's garden.

Wyatt is admired for the creativity, commitment and energy she brings to the workplace. Her nominators noted that after she began her career as a custodial worker more than 28 years ago, she has risen in the ranks because of her dedication and resourcefulness.

In her former role as associate director of residential housing, Wyatt received credit for her work on the Go-Green Fall Quarter Move-in, the Building Preservation Team and the Bromley Commuter Lounge. Nominators also wrote that she has the ability to "tackle projects with a positive customer service approach and sound business principles." She has been active in Administrative Senate, the Allen Student Help Center, the Recruitment and Retention Monitoring Committee and the Critical Incident Response Team and has earned bachelor's and master's degrees while working full time.

The most senior employee recognized was Marge Mowery, interim Scheduling and Catalog Manager in the Office of the Registrar, who received a $250 gift certificate for 45 years of service. The Nelsonville, Ohio, native, who started her career as a clerks stenographer in 1965 in the College of Education, said she still enjoys coming to work everyday.

"I'm very proud to work here this long and I still enjoy working," Mowery said. "I also like the people I work with and have no plans to retire yet." 

For more information about the Outstanding Administrator and Service Awards, click here.