Melinda Combs, Administrative Secretary Senior in the College of Science Office, is the Marshall University Employee of the Month for January, according to Michelle Brown-Douglas, chair of the Employee of the Month Committee.
Combs was nominated by the entire faculty and staff of the Department of Chemistry, where she formerly worked. The nomination notes that when the department chair was out of the office, faculty members knew that she could handle problems and field questions with great efficiency. “Students are completely comfortable working with her and accept her answers to their questions about our program….,” the nomination said.
After moving to the Dean’s office in the College of Science last August, Combs continued to work in both offices for more than eight weeks, the nominators said, and they had high praise for her efforts and willingness to make the arrangement work during that period. “She has done an incredible job in completing every assignment given to her by us on time and nearly flawlessly,” they wrote of that time. “She has worked a large number of uncompensated hours in the evenings and at home…she has stayed after the end of her shift on many occasions.”
Combs has managed the transition as “a picture of grace….and has developed solutions to keep the offices functioning,” according to the nomination. The faculty and staff noted that they wish her well and their nomination was their way of saying “’thank you as a going away gift to an exemplary employee and person.”
Combs was presented with a plaque and a check for $100 by President Stephen J. Kopp.