Verneeda Jones and Sherry Owens have been named the outstanding staff employees of the year at Francis Marion University.
Two other FMU employees, Angie Bessenger and Rannie Gamble, were the recipients of two newly established awards.
The awards were presented July 17 during the annual staff awards luncheon, which also honored FMU employees for length of state service. Jones is a custodian for facilities maintenance and Owens is an administrative assistant for the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Jones has been employed at FMU for two years and Owens for 12 years. They both were cited for their dedication to their jobs and for service above and beyond the call of duty.
Bessenger, administrative assistant for Institutional Technology and Electronic Media Services, received The Marvin Lynch Humanitarian Award, which recognizes a staff member who exhibits an unusual commitment to, and care for, his fellow man, both at work and elsewhere. Bessenger has been employed by the university for 14 years.
Gamble has been employed with the university for 31 years and is the administrative manager for the Provost’s Office. She received The John J. Kispert Leadership Award, which pays tribute to staff members who are not in formal leadership positions, but who exhibit the drive, determination and initiative to embrace the mission of their departments and to inspire their colleagues to a higher standard.
Travis W. Ragsdale, lab manager in the Department of Chemistry, was cited for 40 years of service and Bradley Wofford, director of instructional technology and electronic media services, for 30 years of state service.
Employees honored for 20 years of service include: Richard Austin, chief of campus police; Randy Cooper, craftsman; Eric Garris, director of purchasing; Donald Jackson, accountant; Marcia Johnson, supervisor of custodial services; Karl McAlister, library specialist; Sharon Walters, manager of health services; and Arleen Waters, accountant.
Employees recognized for 10 years of service were: Gerald Carroway, lab manager in the Department of Physics; Mark Gaynor, golf coach; Ray Taylor, custodian; Gloria Keith, administrative assistant for the Provost’s Office; and Augustus McDill, assistant vice president for accounting.
Two employees who are retiring from FMU were also recognized: Brinda Jones, assistant vice president for financial services; and David Short, central receiving warehouse specialist.