Kathy Holt

(L-R): Serena McCollum, Maryann Lape, Kathy Holt, Heather Gould, Jeff Fulk

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Meet the December Classified Employee of the Month

Great job Kathy Holt!

Compass features a Q&A with the non-bargaining Classified Employee of the Month. Each month, Classified Senate selects an employee to acknowledge and recognize as someone who is setting high standards for excellence and innovation. The monthly feature, titled "Great Job," provides a glimpse into the honoree's life on and off campus.

How surprised were you to win the Employee of the Month award?

Very! A few people had congratulated me the previous week, but I was not sure what they were congratulating me about. I suspected something but to actually walk into a room with the Lancaster staff, faculty and administrators (and my husband who knew all along) and be the guest of honor has a special feeling that you can’t express.

What is your job title and how long have you worked it?

I am an administrative specialist in the Associate Dean’s Office at the Lancaster Campus. I have worked in this office for a couple of years. On March 20, I will celebrate 10 years working for Ohio University.

What are the most enjoyable things about your job?

I have a great boss and my job has many responsibilities which requires that I work with other staff members on campus as well as with the faculty and students on our campus. No day is ever the same.

What is your hometown and where do you live now?

I am originally from California. My father was in the Air Force, but we moved to Ohio when I was 5 years old. My husband and I, along with our two children, moved to North Carolina and lived there for about 10 years, but we moved back to Ohio in 2007. Now I live close to the Lancaster campus.

What are your long-term goals?

Retirement is about seven years away.

What was the last good book you read?

I love to read and I like many authors. I like historical fiction mostly, like the “Outlander” series by Diane Gabaldon or Ken Follett’s “Century Trilogy.” I also like fantasy such as Game of Thrones (can’t wait for the next installment in that series), Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit.

If you weren’t in your present job, you would be working as a ______.

Landscape architect. I like working with and understanding plants and using stone for features/walls in landscaping designs.

What things in life are the most important to you?

Staying healthy and my husband, kids and grandkids.

Where is your favorite vacation destination?

We like to hike so we go to the mountains when we can. That was one of the great things about living in North Carolina.

What are your hobbies?

Cars. My husband and I like to go to car shows. I really enjoy looking at classic cars and talking to others who enjoy classic cars. We have a 1967 Camaro RS/SS that is finally complete and will be out for car shows this year.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I enjoy reading about Henry VIII and that time period in England.

What are your favorite TV shows?

My husband and I watch dramas, mostly romantic comedy dramas that originate in Korea, Taiwan, and/or Japan. We stumbled on these a few years ago and got hooked. I really don’t watch much other TV except for movies and some older shows on Netflix.

Who are your favorite musicians?

I have a flash drive with more than 300 songs from lots of artists. I like the Eagles, Chicago, Fleetwood Mac, the Monkees and Savage Garden to name a few.

What is the next big event you can't wait for?

Car shows start on May 21. I’m looking forward to the summer and car shows.

Who are your favorite celebrities?

I am a Trekkie so I like the actors in the new Star Trek movies as well as many of the other Star Trek franchises and movies. I was not crazy about Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan – Ricardo Montalban will always be the best Khan.

Who are the most annoying celebrities to you?

Reality stars. Reality TV is just not my thing.

What is your dream car?

One of the new Tesla SUVs that drives itself. We saw one at a car show last fall and it was a pretty cool car. If it is a classic car, I would love to have a late 1960s/early 1970s Ford Mustang.

What is your favorite saying or quote?

“Always do right – this will gratify some and astonish the rest” -- Mark Twain.