Lisa Hughes named Employee of the Month

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Lisa Hughes, Business Manager I, Technical Services in the Drinko Library, has been named the Marshall University Employee of the Month for May, according to the Employee of the Month Committee.

Employed for more than 19 years, she was nominated by Patsy Stephenson and Teresa Bolt.

In her nomination Stephenson wrote that when Hughes began working for her as a freshman  in 1991 she  was so impressed by her work that when a job opened up in her department  in 1996 “I hunted her down to apply.”

Hughes is very organized, according to Stephenson, and successfully manages myriad duties.  “She is the business manager for acquisitions and she works with the Library administration ….Lisa is in charge of our student assistance, making sure our departments are covered, doing the paperwork and keeping us on a time line.  She handles a budget of 1.5 million dollars and has the numbers in order for inspection at any time.  For the administrative office, she takes care of the requisitions and balancing of the library operating and materials lines.  No matter what she is doing, she cheerfully accommodates last minute administrative requests and/or needs.  She crunches the numbers and pays the bills for our materials in all formats. She is required to attend many meetings and workshops to keep her updated in policies and procedures.”

And, Stephenson continues, “Because Lisa has experience in so many areas of the library she is one of the few in the organization who can see the ‘whole picture’ and knows how decisions made in one area will impact activities in another area.   More than once her probing questions have encouraged people to reexamine decisions” In addition to the budget and business matters, she’s a real ‘go to’ person because “she know how to ‘fix’ copiers [and] hook up our printers and flatscreens.”

Hughes’ dedication to her work and her diligence in seeing that it is done efficiently along with her willingness to do whatever needs to be done to get it completed, has drawn high praise from Bolt, who wrote:  “Lisa works in conjunction with me on the IT Division Budget.  She is always on top of the Library acquisitions and operating budget.  With her skill set and work ethic, she has stepped up and assisted me with the budget paperwork for the remaining IT Budgets.  The FY16 Budget process required us to provide additional detailed data in a short time frame.  Lisa worked diligently on assisting us with the compilation.  She was scheduled to be out of the office on Friday, June 5th to get ready for her vacation.  Because we were on a tight deadline and needed her assistance, she did not get done all that she wanted before her vacation.  She came in and worked the morning of her first anticipated vacation day.”

Stephenson went on to say  that with her warm personality, Hughes has a great concern for others.   She goes out of her way to arrange special celebrations for her coworkers, sends cards to people who are  ill, arranges for food for families who are having difficulties, organizes  receptions for donors and  is always happy to assist in other events throughout the library. She is, her nomination concludes, “a dynamo of a woman, wife, mother, friend and co-worker.”

Hughes was presented with a certificate and a check for $100 by Interim President Gary White.


Photo: Lisa Hughes (right) receives her employee of the month award from President White.