MC staff members’ service recognized at luncheon

Aug. 4, 2014

Approximately 140 staff members and administrators of Maryville College gathered in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer to welcome new employees and congratulate others for milestone years in service during the College’s 21st annual Staff Recognition Luncheon.

The luncheon is held every August to honor staff for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 years of service. A total of 30 staff members were recognized for milestone years.

“Collectively, their service totals 215 years of service at Maryville College,” said Keni Lanagan, director of human resources at the College.

In welcoming the crowd to the luncheon, Maryville College President Dr. William T. “Tom” Bogart reflected on the last four years – the number of years he has served as president of Maryville College – and named several successes the College has achieved during that time, including a comprehensive interior renovation of the College’s 144-year-old Anderson Hall; renovation of the Margaret Ware Dining Room in Pearsons Hall; a record incoming freshman class last fall; and the reaffirmation of the College’s accreditation by the Board of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) this summer.

“Looking ahead, imagine what we’ll be able to accomplish now with the kind of momentum we have,” Bogart said. “Today, enjoy this time of fellowship and take a minute to join me in being excited about what’s ahead for us.”

Employees recognized for milestone anniversaries

Five-year pins went to: Michelle Bailey, assistant director of admissions; Chuck DeBusk, assistant director of the physical plant; Arielle Kilday, assistant director of admissions; Jane Knight, part-time Center for International Education instructor; Alicia Massie-Legg, artist associate of vocal music and musicology; Russ Porter, web manager; Ron Waters, head men’s and women’s golf coach; and Susan Wenzel, housekeeper.

Ten-year certificates and gift cards went to: Diana Canacaris, director of major gifts; Denise Cantrell, data administrator; Keni Lanagan, director of human resources; Sandor Pardi, network administrator; Tobby Ryan, network technician; and Sue Waters, administrative assistant.

Fifteen-year plaques were presented to: Vicki McNutt, mail services manager; Linda Millsaps, housekeeper; Vickie Smith, assistant registrar; and Barbara Wells, vice president and dean of the College.

Pepe Fernandez, head men’s and women’s soccer coach, was recognized for 25 years of service at the College. Other members of the College’s 25+ Year Club were recognized. They included: Diane Brandsborg, switchboard/console operator; Laura Case, assistant to the president and Board of Directors liaison; Donna Holmes, housekeeper; Andrew McCall, director of the physical plant; and Kandis Schram, athletic director and head volleyball coach.

Bruce Guillaume, director of Mountain Challenge, was recognized for 30 years of service at the College. Other members of the College’s 30+ Year Club were recognized. They included: Randy Lambert, head men’s basketball coach; Linda Moore, associate director of admissions processes; and Kay Pritchett, student accounts manager and cashier.

Noah Bowman, Staff Council Chair for 2014-15, recognized three employees who had been presented awards at Commencement 2014 for outstanding service during the 2013-14 academic year: Julie Ramsey, controller, who was presented the Martha Hess Outstanding Administrator Award; Alayne Bowman, assistant director of financial aid, who was recognized with the Sharon Murphy Crane Distinguished Service Award; and Ralph Goodson, custodial services worker, who was named winner of the Nancy B. Hunter Outstanding Staff Award. Bowman also introduced those employees starting, completing and serving terms on Staff Council.

Bringing the luncheon to a close, President Bogart thanked staff members for their hard work to get the 2104-15 academic year off to a strong start.

“It really is an amazing time to be at Maryville College, and I’m grateful to count you as colleagues,” he said.

By Chloe Kennedy, Assistant Director of Communications


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2014 semester is 1,213.