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President Roderick J. McDavis poses with the Outstanding Administrator Award winners.

Photographer: Wayne Thomas

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Vice President for Finance and Administration Stephen Golding commends those in attendance.

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OHIO honors outstanding administrators


Ohio University recognized some of its best administrative employees on Wednesday afternoon at the Outstanding Administrator Awards and Recognition of Administrators' Years of Service ceremony.

The event, held in the Baker University Center Ballroom on the Athens Campus, honored three OHIO employees as this year's Outstanding Administrators. This year's recipients were Assistant Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs Shane Gilkey, Director of Diversity for Regional Campuses Monica Jones and Director of the Child Development Center Cathy Waller.

Chair of Administrative Senate Lisa Kamody opened the event and greeted attendees with words of congratulations to the award winners, longtime administrators recognized for their years of services, and retiring members of the OHIO community.

Vice President for Finance and Administration Stephen Golding addressed the crowd to share his support for the work of administrative staff members.

"Administrators are often the unsung heroes of the University," he said. "Today we have the opportunity to recognize dozens of administrative employees … I salute you, and I congratulate you, and I thank you for your years of service."

The recognition of retirees followed with each retiree's name announced and personal congratulations extended from Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis and Golding.

McDavis then took to the podium to announce the 2012 Outstanding Administrators.

"Year after year people work and work very hard. This is one small way for us to say, 'Thank you for all you do,'" he said. He later continued, "You are the core of what makes this University great. We are moving toward our goal of becoming the nation's best transformative learning experience for students."

Gilkey was the first administrator honored for his 19 years of dedicated service across the Athens campus.

In his remarks, he recalled how he and his wife had moved to Columbus, Ohio, after graduation only to miss Athens, his "home," and return four years later.

"When I think about the Ohio University brand, I tell colleagues at different institutions that we are big enough to be awesome at what we do, but small enough to do it as a team," he said. "I challenge you to take advantage of our size."

Jones was honored for her abilities to pull students from the Zanesville campus, and all regional campuses, out of their comfort zones and into new learning opportunities as well as collaborating closely with the surrounding communities.

Jones, who will depart soon for a new career opportunity, assured the audience that not only will she return to the University, but she will take a piece of OHIO and the people she worked with along with her as well.

Waller took the stage with a PowerPoint presentation projected behind her that proclaimed, "Stress Relieving Ideas."

She talked about her first year at Ohio University, when, during her annual review it was suggested that she may want to find a different career path. But, this critique only made her more persistent toward her goal of being great at her job.

After a few more heartfelt words, Walker shared her presentation. Her stress relieving ideas included homemade play dough on everyone's desk to squish during stressful situations, a roving group of the Marching 110 to surprise people with school spirit music, and a lazy river surrounding the University to make campus transportation easier.

She concluded her presentation with words of gratitude to her colleagues.

"Thank you for giving me a reason all these years to stand up and cheer," she said.