Dr. Gerald Gibson, president of the College, presented outstanding administrator and staff awards during commencement. Candidates were nominated by their peers for outstanding individual performance; a committee made recommendations to Gibson.
Receiving the Nancy B. Hunter Outstanding Staff Award was Richard Henderson of Maryville, HVAC specialist in the physical plant department.
Gibson described him as a valued employee and a person who played an integral role in the day-to-day operations of the campus - "especially when places get a little too warm or a little too cool for the inhabitants' comfort."
Quoting from one nomination form, Gibson said of Henderson: "'He loves this place and all the people he works with. He is a talented electrician and HVAC expert, but it is his friendly demeanor and smile that makes him a great candidate for this award.'"
Jack Abbott of Alcoa, mechanical trades manager, was recognized with the Outstanding Administrator Award.
"When you're a jack-of-all-trades on the Maryville College campus, it's hard to go home at quitting time - and stay there," Gibson said. "Expertise, talent and 14 years of experience keep your phone ringing - day, night, weekends and holidays - when problems arise.
"This year's winner of the Outstanding Administrator is just that: a jack-of-all-trades."
Cydna Savage of Maryville, was presented with the Sharon A. Murphy Crane Distinguished Service Award for her work as director of the College's student health center.
"In every organization, whether a college or business or even a home, there is always one person all the others know they can depend on," Gibson said of Savage. "This year's winner has been a part of the Maryville College family for the last five years. In those years, she has not only done a terrific job with those responsibilities listed in her job description; she has worked for the 'general good of the College' by serving on committees, organizing community-building opportunities among faculty and staff and advocating for students.
" Maryville College is better for having this person among our ranks, and I use the word 'better' in both the comparative sense and the medical sense," Gibson continued. "She makes us feel better when she's here."