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Carolyn Bateson

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Carolyn Bateson named Administrative Professional of the Year by Lancaster Fairfield Chamber of Commerce

Carolyn Bateson, executive assistant to Lancaster dean Jim Smith, was named Administrative Professional of the Year during the annual Lancaster Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday.

A Lancaster campus graduate in office administration and a Certified Professional Secretary, Bateson returned nearly 25 years ago to work in Student Services. When the dean’s assistant accepted another position in education, Bateson was tapped and since has served several campus leaders.

As former dean John Furlow noted, Bateson is able to work with a variety of personalities and abilities.

“She handles any call, from President McDavis to an angry student, so well. Carolyn is a good mediator.”

In his nomination Furlow also described Bateson’s kindness, offers to assist faculty and staff, her support, ability to maintain the workflow, and her leadership skills.

“Carolyn truly keeps the campus functioning. I was a member of the committee interviewing her nearly 25 years ago, and I continue to be impressed by her attention to detail, knowledge, and calm and professional demeanor,” said Jennifer LaRue, communications and marketing officer, who also nominated Bateson for the award. “She hires, trains and supervises students, she serves on a team to issue emergency communications; coordinates faculty and staff searches from placing ads to paperwork; maintains personnel files; coordinates schedules and meetings; assists in planning honors convocation, Women in Tech and Science, and Celebrate Women; and liaisons with our Campus Coordinating Council. No matter what she has on her schedule, Carolyn always asks if she can help and never appears too busy to respond to an inquiry. She is amazing!”

Bateson doesn’t consider her job performance as anything special, which could be why the award was such a surprise. Later, seated at her desk, phone ringing, a faculty member waiting to ask about a classroom, Bateson said, “I’ve enjoyed working with faculty, staff and students. Every day is different.”     

She also received the Ohio University Outstanding Classified Employee award in 1994.

In addition to an engraved award from the Chamber of Commerce, Bateson received a prize package of gifts from local merchants.