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Brian Thompson, Winsome Chunnu-Brayda, Joni Wadley, Josh Bodnar pose together after ceremony

Photographer: Ross Brinkerhoff

Service Awards

Vice President for Finance and Administration Stephen Golding introduces the Outstanding Administrators

Photographer: Ross Brinkerhoff

Service Awards

45 years of service recipients Alfred Weiner and Yvonne Nice attended the ceremony

Photographer: Ross Brinkerhoff

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University honors three outstanding administrators in annual ceremony

Service awards presented to 115 administrators


Ohio University recognized hundreds of its best administrators on Tuesday at the Outstanding Administrator Awards and Recognition of Administrators' Years of Service ceremony in Baker University Center Ballroom.

The longest tenured employees among the 115 service award honorees were Assistant to the University Registrar Yvonne Nice and Director of Counseling and Psychological Services Alfred Weiner, who each have given 45 years of service to the University. There were also seven retirees, including Fred Kight who recently retired from WOUB with 31.5 years of service, honored at the ceremony.

The annual Administrative Senate event also honored three administrators for their unique and notable contributions to the University.

This year's recipients were Associate Director of the Multicultural Center Winsome Chunnu-Brayda, Director of Auxiliaries Brian Thompson and interim Director of the Office of Institutional Research Joni Wadley.

Chair of Administrative Senate Josh Bodnar opened the ceremony by greeting the audience and encouraging his fellow administrators to never doubt that their work is important and valued.

After the names of the administrators receiving service awards were read by Wendy Merb-Brown, Vice President for Finance and Administration Stephen Golding introduced the three Outstanding Administrators, who were selected by the 10-person Outstanding Administrator Awards Committee after a thorough process that involved a questionnaire, references and a personal interview.

Chunnu-Brayda spoke first and said she was honored to receive the award but felt that deep down inside she would win the award one day. She was honored for bringing "transformational change to the lives of students at the Multicultural Center and Black Student Cultural Programming Board."

She was described as hard working, approachable, enthusiastic and innovative and noted for her ability to motivate students to "think outside the box." Her colleagues called her a willing collaborator who sets high expectations for students and strengthens their ability to succeed.

Outside of the University, she is involved with the Appalachian Peace and Justice Network and helped bring diversity to local schools.

"I like to think of my work as giving. My husband often refers to me as the giving tree," Chunnu-Brayda said. "The proverb says you give little when you give from your wealth, but when you give of yourself, you truly give."

Thompson, who said he commutes to work from Columbus, Ohio, said he was very surprised to win and it caught him off guard. He joked that he actually campaigned for other people to win before his wife told him to shut up and just go with it. He was honored for being an approachable team-driven professional who is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and work side-by-side with co-workers. His references said he "places a high value on integrity, continuous learning and professional development" and the words engaging, excellent communicator and diplomatic were used to describe him. He was complimented for his work on the recent renovations of Shively Court and Nelson Common dining halls.

"What I learned from my supervisors and the work ethic I learned from my father has helped me succeed on campus today," Thompson said. "What I love is that we all come together to collaborate on shared goals and shared responsibilities and that's what drives me to succeed here at the University."

Wadley tearfully thanked the many family members, colleagues and supervisors who have helped shape her career. She was chosen for her ability to manage University assessment information and provide vital research data for ongoing academic assessment projects. She has positively contributed to student retention, orientation, first-generation data, learning communities, the Student Involvement Survey, CAP program, Supplemental Instruction and the University retention report. One administrator said, "Don't ask Joni Wadley for what you think you want. Tell her what you need in the end and she will come up with a creative answer by asking the right questions."

"When I think about my 15 years at Ohio University, I think about how much I enjoy the type of work that I do," Wadley said. "While that's important, it's more important to enjoy the people you work with. I've had an opportunity to work with really great people and that makes all the difference."
    
Golding said the employees receiving service awards this year accounted for 2,195 years of service.

"Administrators are many times the unsung heroes of the University," Golding said. "They do their jobs behind the scenes and receive little attention and recognition. Today we have the opportunity to recognize dozens of devoted administrative employees, some of whom are entering the stage of their career of retirement and others who will be back in their offices tomorrow morning ensuring that Ohio University continues to be the remarkable institution that it is."