Three College of Science staff members have been honored by Texas A&M University and The Association of Former Students with the 2019 President’s Meritorious Service Award, Texas A&M’s highest recognition for staff.
Jennifer Holle, chief of staff in the College of Science Office of the Dean; Curtis Lee, facilities coordinator III in the Department of Chemistry; and Heather Walker, senior administrative coordinator II in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, are among the 25 individual staff members announced Thursday (March 28) by Texas A&M President Michael K. Young as this year’s honorees.
Holle, Lee and Walker will be officially recognized along with their fellow 2019 PMSA recipients at an April 22 awards ceremony and reception hosted by Young in the Memorial Student Center Bethancourt Ballrooom. The event serves as the official kick-off to the 6th Annual Staff Appreciation Week at Texas A&M, which runs through April 26. Each honoree receives a $1,000 cash award, a commemorative plaque and a lapel pin.
“The President’s Meritorious Service Awards recognize and reward staff for their commendable service to our great university,” Young said. “Recipients of this highly prestigious award have demonstrated their commitment to the Aggie core values of excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service. To each of them, I extend my most sincere congratulations and deep appreciation for their tremendous efforts that make Texas A&M such a great place to live and work.”
Holle has 17 years of service to Texas A&M University, all within the Texas A&M Science Dean’s Office, which she joined in May 2002. During the nearly two decades since, she has performed a variety of faculty, staff and student-focused duties while serving as the extraordinarily capable right hand for three different deans and countless associate deans.
Lee has more than 37 years of service to Texas A&M University and arguably is as recognizable and revered as the historic Texas A&M Chemistry Building and campus landmark he has spent the better part of his career maintaining. Lee previously received a 2017 College of Science Outstanding Staff Achievement Award in recognition for his expertise and excellence in handling countless building requests across four decades, from major renovation projects and laboratory moves, to necessary repairs and the more-than-occasional crisis. His speed and proactive approach in responding to problems is cited as the factor that sets him apart from other facility managers, in addition to his sense of pride and dedication to task that is evident in everything he does.
Walker has 23 years of service to Texas A&M University — the most recent 15 within Texas A&M Physics and Astronomy (2004-present) as well as eight within the Texas A&M Department of Mechanical Engineering (1996-2004). In addition to her many and varied responsibilities, including assistant to the department head, Walker most recently served as the College of Science staff representative on the Dean Search Advisory Committee.
Established in 1986, the President’s Meritorious Service Awards are presented annually to recognize 25 outstanding staff employees, two outstanding teams and two outstanding supervisors for their meritorious service to the university. The program, which is sponsored by the Office of the President and The Association of Former Students, is coordinated by the Division of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness.
To see a complete list of winners or find additional information about the program, visit http://employees.tamu.edu/employee-recognition/pmsa/.
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