Closing a Chapter on Progress and Service: Campus Services’ Retirees
Campus Services is an essential part of Georgia Tech, and its employees are the heartbeat of the Institute. Eight staff members are set to retire at the end of 2020 and start new chapters in their lives. Georgia Tech congratulates Campus Services’ retirees whose work deeply impacted the student experience and made Tech a better place for the entire community.
Willie Mae Brooks
Willie Mae Brooks served Georgia Tech for 34 years in Housing and Residence Life as an administrative professional III. Antonio Stith, assistant director of Custodial Services said, “The best way to describe Willie Mae Brooks is no nonsense, straight to the point, but the most genuine person I’ve ever worked with.”
As the Campus Recreation Center’s senior director, Michael Edwards curated a campus culture of healthy living for 28 years. By demonstrating the effects that a healthy lifestyle has on students with high GPAs, Edwards is responsible for developing a $12 million endowment that revamped the CRC without increasing student fees. President emeritus Bud Peterson believed that Edwards’ impact shaped students’ views on health and well-being by providing easy access to fitness classes and state-of-the-art facilities, outdoor experiences and leadership training through their student staff program. “Under his direction and leadership, the CRC continues to be one of the finest facilities of its kind in the country and one that has played a meaningful role in the life of our campus.” Learn more about Edwards’ historical contributions to CRC here.
With 26 years of service, Gwendolyn Greenlee retires as an administrative professional II in Housing and Residence Life. Jennell Tompkins said Greenlee was the first person to embrace her when she began working as a community supervisor. “We shared many lunches and celebrations together and sometimes served as a mentor to each other,” Tompkins said. “She was professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and very supportive.”
Gerard “Jerry” Hauck has served for 23 years as Housing and Residence Life’s lock/access foreperson. Tammy Wright, assistant to the executive housing office, said, “Jerry takes his job to heart and always puts the safety of Georgia Tech students’ first.” Not only is Hauck regarded as an honest and respectable team member, but he is also an artist whose photos have been featured in the Office of the Arts staff art exhibit.
Care and quality are hallmarks of Pamela Patmon’s service as custodian II in Housing and Residence Life. For 10 years, Patmon has served Tech’s students with diligence and reliability. “She is always willing to work the long tireless hours needed between semesters to make sure the rooms in her buildings were ready for move-in,” said Tammy Wright. “She is a dependable and hard-working employee who is always willing to assist in any way she can.”
Dr. Frank Pickens
With 38 years of service as a primary care physician at Stamps Health Services, Dr. Frank Pickens has served as co-chair of Stamps’ Covid-19 Recovery Task Force, chair of its Infection Prevention and Control Committee, and as Tech baseball’s team physician. Stamps Health Services senior director Dr. Benjamin Holton said, “Dr. Pickens has always been a strong advocate for students and their interests related to medical care. He has dedicated his career to the health and well-being of the students of Georgia Tech.”
Georgia Tech Cable Network’s Manager Carol Pulliam was responsible for bringing HDTV to campus. Pulliam served 15 years as GTCN’s manager and cultivated a team atmosphere with her staff. Scott Sergent who serves as GTCN’s video producer/director said, “Carol put us in a position to succeed. We were able to accomplish great things that will never be forgotten on campus because she told us we could.”
In just five short years at Tech, Dr. Janine Vienna implemented a comprehensive strategic assessment plan across the Campus Services units. As director of unit planning and assessment, Vienna created interactive dashboards for the Campus Services’ satisfaction survey, developed and taught Qualtrics training courses, and was the co-creator of Campus Services’ Mid-Level Managers Leadership Development Program (ML2DP).
ML2DP co-creator and CRC associate director Caroline Dotts said, “Janine brought her expertise and passion for developing others to the table, and, together, we delivered a top-notch leadership development program to 17 managers in the Campus Services portfolio.”
Campus Services thanks each of the retirees for their invaluable service and extraordinary contributions to Georgia Tech. “As we say goodbye to our retirees and reflect on their amazing careers, we can only celebrate the remarkable impact they’ve made on Tech’s students and our division,” said associate vice president for Campus Services Kasey Helton. “We are grateful for their dedication and wish them the best in the next phases of their lives.”
Torise Battle Young
Torise Battle Young