MTSU recognizes 4 as top ‘Employees of the Year’...

MTSU recognizes 4 as top ‘Employees of the Year’

MTSU honored four of its top employees during a special Employee Recognition Award Reception held Wednesday, April 23, in the James Union Building.

(MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

(MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

Honored were above, from left, Technical/Service Employee of the Year Tammy Hughes, Secretarial/Clerical Employee of the Year Irma Mae Melton, Administrative Employee of the Year Samantha Cantrell and Classified Employee of the Year Jason Pankey.

Hughes is key shop coordinator in Building Services; Melton is secretary for the Department of Electronic Media Communication; Cantrell is a proposal development specialist in the Office of Research Services; and Pankey is a shipping and receiving clerk in the U.S. Post Office inside Keathley University Center.

The winners, who received engraved crystal awards and monetary gifts for their work excellence and commitment to making MTSU and its students successful, were chosen from nominations made by their fellow university employees during the 2013-14 academic year.

Hilary Miller, manager for recruitment and resources for the College of Liberal Arts and chair of the employee recognition committee, shared some of the comments from the nomination forms, with honorees described as “always prompt and pleasant” (Hughes), “always has a positive attitude” (Pankey), “has worked tirelessly to promote the success of faculty” (Cantrell) and “goes way over and beyond to assist students in every way” (Melton).

For more information about MTSU’s Employee Recognition Programs, or to nominate an administrative, secretarial/clerical, classified or technical/service co-worker for an award, visit

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