Back to News

Pamela Williams honored for service to university

Oct 3, 2018

Posted in: News

By Adam Hamza, Communication Intern, and Marcus Messner, Ph.D., Associate Director

Pamela Williams and Dr. Hong Cheng at the awards reception at the Siegel Center.

The Robertson School's executive assistant Pamela Williams was recognized for her outstanding service to the university at an awards ceremony and reception at the Siegel Center on Tuesday. Nominated by the Robertson School, Williams was one of 16 finalists university-wide for the Dorris Douglas Budd Award, which was established in 1981 and honors outstanding staff members who enhance the image and mission of the university. This year's award winner is Margaret Poland, manager of research administration and industry relations in the School of Dentistry. 

"Pamela Williams has been a role model in dependability and excellence in judgment for our staff team and student workers," said Robertson School Director Dr. Hong Cheng. "She often creatively takes initiatives to help enhance the collegiality in the School and to help make it a happy and delightful work environment. Her service has brought harmony and joy to the Robertson School family, which has contributed significantly to our overall health and well-being as a result of enhanced work-life balance."

Pamela Williams at the awards ceremony on Tuesday.

Williams said that she "felt humbled and very, very honored" when she was informed by VCU President Michael Rao about her nomination. 

“It’s an honor that someone took the time out to nominate me and that VCU along with President Rao take the time out to acknowledge staff and the importance and impact that they have here at VCU,” she said. "It makes me realize how much I am appreciated and how if you do good and continue to do what’s right then eventually it will pay off.”

Asked about her reason for working at VCU, Williams said that it is all about "the culture that’s bred here at VCU. I like the feel and the culture of the university, I like the diversity, I like the faculty and students. They do make you feel appreciated and there are opportunities to grow as well. Meeting the different students, hearing their different stories and having a chance to sit and talk with them and encourage them.”

Williams added, that she values "the opportunity to pour into a student's life so that they can be encouraged and continue to stay and finish out their school here at VCU.”

Faculty member Dr. Clarence Thomas said that Williams "has proven herself to be a highly valued staff team member in the Robertson School. She is a hard worker who is appreciated by students, staff, and faculty. She is very important in the day-to-day functioning of our School."

In addition to Williams, journalism professor Dr. Bill Oglesby and Natasha Long, coordinator of student services, were honored at the awards ceremony for 15 years of service for the university, journalism professors Dr. Tim Bajkiewicz and Vivian Medina-Messner and career adviser Maggie McDearmon for 10 years, and PR professors Dr. Jeanine Guidry and Joshua Smith and director Dr. Hong Cheng for five years.