Immediately after a quarter-century, Jill Edwards still is awed by the school, learners and team she serves at Washington College in St. Louis.
“What I really like about my task is that I get to interact with so many people — learners and college from every single school, team from across the CFU (Central Fiscal Unit),” explained Edwards, senior undertaking supervisor for university accreditation in the Workplace of the Provost. “The extra individuals I meet, the extra my appreciation deepens for this location and its men and women. My head is constantly blown by their commitment and achievements.”
The exact same can be said of Edwards, winner of this year’s Gloria W. White Distinguished Provider Award, which recognizes a nonacademic staff member for fantastic effort and hard work that has bettered the college.
“Jill is a devoted, task-oriented, type, proficient and enjoyment colleague who potential customers from the head as well as the heart — and from time to time from the abdomen,” explained Pamela S. Lokken, vice chancellor for authorities and local community relations, alluding to Edwards’ prowess and generosity as a baker. “She possesses traits all of us can and should emulate.”
Gerhild Williams, who worked carefully with Edwards all through Williams’ tenure as vice provost and affiliate vice chancellor for tutorial affairs, praised Edwards’ organizational and administration competencies, awareness of the university’s administrative structures and innate comprehension of how to most effective assist her colleagues.
“From her get the job done with college students, staff and faculty throughout the numerous many years she and I managed the Undergraduate Council, to the School Senate, to college accreditation, to presidential debates, to outreach to WashU’s prolonged relatives of company associates, Jill has been portion of, initiated a lot and led any quantity of complicated duties to successful conclusions,” claimed Williams, the Barbara Schaps Thomas and David M. Thomas Professor in the Humanities in Arts & Sciences.
Edwards joined the university in 1997 as an administrative assistant in what was then Alumni & Progress. Rapidly recognized for her can-do perspective and good electricity, Edwards was invited to function with Williams and Richard Roloff, former government vice chancellor.
“It was a one of a kind part due to the fact I was uncovered to the two the academic facet of the college and the CFU far too,” Edwards reported.
Right now, Edwards helps the college preserve its accreditation standing with the Greater Learning Commission, which assesses and evaluates WashU’s academic courses, scholar services, governance and administration and makes sure federally defined obligations are achieved. She also has stepped up more than the a long time to stage superior-profile activities. When Brookings Corridor served as mission handle for Steve Fossett’s unsuccessful energy to journey all-around the globe in a balloon, Edwards helped present essentials for the crew, such as property-cooked meals. And when Washington College hosted the 2016 presidential debate, Edwards tracked down Steve Givens, retired affiliate vice chancellor and chair of the Presidential Discussion Steering Committee, to check with how she could support. Givens entrusted Edwards with the credentialing procedure.
“We couldn’t have pulled off the debate in the exact same way devoid of Jill’s dogged perseverance to get anything best and efficient in the credentialing region,” Givens reported.
Edwards might be most effective recognized for the Washington University Armed forces Treatment Package deal Undertaking, which she founded in 2004. Edwards manages a expanding e mail listing of Washington College group members who have donated a lot more than 10 tons of treats, sporting merchandise, socks, toiletries and house-baked goods — like tons and a lot of cookies — to deployed support users.
“I alway tell soldiers we will do our pretty finest to get what is on their desire lists,” Edwards mentioned. “I’ll mail out an email and the next point you know, the collection containers are magically entire. It just displays how caring people today are.”
The Gloria W. White Distinguished Provider Award was set up in 1998 and celebrates the legacy of White, a campus leader for some 35 years until eventually her dying in 2003. An engraved glass award and a $1,000 test will be sent to Edwards in celebration of her accomplishment.