Beverly Owens of Marion and Ray Taylor of Florence have been named outstanding staff employees of the year at Francis Marion University.
The awards were presented July 17 during the staff awards luncheon, which also honored FMU employees for length of state service. Owens is the administrative assistant in the Department of Mass Communication, Modern Language and the Honors Program and Taylor is a custodian.
Owens has been employed at FMU for 14 years and Taylor for nearly 10 years. They both were cited for their dedication to their jobs and for service above and beyond the call of duty. President Luther F. Carter presented Owens and Taylor with plaques and $1,000 checks in recognition of winning this annual award for employees.
It is Owens’ experience, efficiency and dedication to the students of FMU that garnered her the recognition. Her colleagues wrote, “She has fulfilled her daily responsibilities with an eye to the faculty, administration, staff and particularly the students.”
Taylor was cited for his “instinct for what needs to be done” and his “positive, pleasant attitude” when asked to complete a task. He is said to exemplify the character traits of selfless service, professionalism, dedication to duty, and superior skill and care for his work.
Rannie D. Gamble of Florence, administrative manager for the Office of the Provost; Donald Hyman of Florence, craftsman supervisor-painter; and Robin M. Moore of Olanta, director of campus applications and data service were cited for 30 years of state service.
Employees honored for 20 years of service include: J. Patrick Boswell of Florence, director of facilities services; H. Franklin Larrimore of Mullins, director of printing services; A. Maria McCormick of Dillon, administrative assistant for the Department of Mathematics; and Garth W. Thomson of Florence, men’s and women’s tennis coach.
Employees recognized for 10 years of service were: Bryan J. Austin of Florence, mail center supervisor; Teresa A. Cook of Lugoff, director of facilities support; Bonita H. McFadden of Florence, administrative assistant to nursing; Dollie J. Newhouse of Florence, registrar; Robert J. Odom of Hartsville, lab manager for the Department of Mathematics; Ted B. Stewart of Florence, estate groundskeeper; and Jennifer L. Stone of Coward, administrative assistant for the School of Education.
Five employees who are retiring from FMU were also recognized – Horace Lee Brockington of Florence, custodian; Archie T. Brown of Latta, police sergeant; Earl J. Glenn of Florence, police captain; Jessie T. Perkins of Effingham, manager of utilities and outside services; and Nancy Wright of Florence, administrative manager of the Office of Public and Community Affairs.