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CLEE Staff Honored by UT College of Education, Health and Human Services

Connie-DeanRidersqThe Center for Literacy, Education and Employment and its exemplary staff featured prominently in the recent 2013 CEHHS Annual Recognition Ceremony at the University of Tennessee, on Tuesday, April 23rd.

Prominent among Center staff recognized was Connie White, Associate Director, who was  honored by Dean Bob Rider with a prestigious Dean’s Service Award for her long-time service to the college and history of attracting over $18 million in awards and contracts to the college and CLEE  during her tenure to date.  This is the first time such an honor has been awarded to staff of any center at CEHHS.

Earlier in the ceremony, Connie was recognized as the CEHHS principle investigator with the highest total awarded in grants and contracts in the 2012 fiscal year – over $5.7 million. Also recognized for their work as principle investigators attracting significant investments to CEHHS were Associate Directors Beth Ponder  and Stephanie Cowherd, and Center Director Geri Mulligan.  The Dean also praised the Center for Literacy, Education and Employment as having attracted over half the total awards & contracts monies received by the college as a whole in 2012.

During the ceremony retiring CLEE staff Cathy Houser and Carol Martin were thanked and applauded for their years of service to the college. Also recognized with years-in-service awards were Center staff: Gail Cope, Peggy Roberts, Duren Thompson, Lisa Kinkade, Jonathan Kelly and Kristie Wright.

Congratulations to all those honored – you, and ALL our talented staff members, are the Center’s most valuable assets!