Provost’s Blog

Written by Whitten

UGA’s Stellar Staff

Sep 1, 2014

The men and women of UGA Police Department are among the many staff members who demonstrate professionalism and a commitment to excellence in all that they do.

The 2014-2015 academic year is off to a great start, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the many staff members who help make this university one of the nation’s finest.

One of the things that visitors to our campus often mention is how beautiful it is. The grounds crew in the Facilities Management Division does an outstanding job of making our landscapes attractive, and they help make the campus grounds part of the learning environment by demonstrating sustainability through water conservation and composting. The work of the facilities management staff also has played a key role in UGA’s designation as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the past four years. Our custodial staff are outstanding, as well, and I thank them for keeping our classrooms, laboratories and other learning environments clean and inviting.

It seems that every time I enter or exit a campus parking garage, I’m greeted by a friendly smile and a wave. It’s not surprising that the staff of Parking Services have been recognized with several awards for the service they provide. To name a recent example, Wendy Glenn, senior parking services monitor in the South Campus parking deck, was honored with the Staff Member of the Year Award from the International Parking Institute. For the past several years, Parking Services has offered “Operation Safe Drive,” a free car inspection for all UGA faculty, staff and students before they head home for the Thanksgiving holiday, and programs such as this are an important contribution to the safety of the campus community.

The men and women of the UGA Police Department are another source of pride on this campus. They are on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year to keep the campus community safe. UGA Police also offer crime prevention and personal safety programs for the campus community, and they are among the many staff members on this campus who demonstrate professionalism and excellence in all that they do.

There are many other examples that I could give—like the administrative support and IT staff members who help our departments and other units run smoothly—but the larger point is simply to emphasize that University of Georgia would not be the institution that it is today without the dedication of its remarkable staff.

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