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      2017 Eckard Award Winners

      Widener Employees Honored for Distinguished Service

      Carl Pierce

      Director of Operations

      Carl Pierce, director of operations, and Michelle Simon, administrative assistant for the associate vice president for compliance and risk management and the associate vice president and controller, have been awarded the William David Eckard Jr. Award for Distinguished Service in recognition of their hard work and longtime commitment to Widener University.

      Pierce has served Widener for 42 years. He started working in residence life and student affairs at what was then Brandywine College. He was the associate director of athletics and assistant dean of students, before coming to Main Campus in 1988 to take on the role as director of Campus Services. In 1998, he became the director of physical plant departments, before assuming his current role in 2004.

      In recognizing Pierce, Widener University President Dr. Julie E. Wollman said that Pierce was nominated for providing “an outstanding level of service at all times, being exceptionally patient, and having a great sense of humor.” It was also noted that Pierce is extremely knowledgeable, dedicated and highly competent. “He is Widener!”

      Being named the recipient of the Eckard Award was a surprise for Pierce. “It means a lot to me,” he said. “Widener is a great place to work. The best part is the people I work with.”

      Michelle Simon

      Michelle Simon

      Administrative assistant for the associate vice president for compliance and risk management and the associate vice president and controller

      Simon has served Widener for 21 years, starting as a cashier in the business office on the Delaware Campus. She eventually made her way to Main Campus, first in the business office and then to human resources. In 2012, she became the administrative assistant to George Hassel, associate vice president for compliance and risk management, working behind the scenes on compliance items for the university. Last year, Simon also assumed the role of working as administrative assistant for Catherine McGeehan, associate vice president and controller.

      In recognizing Simon, President Wollman said she performs her work efficiently, without pausing to take a bow. “She never passes a problem on to others; she either tackles it herself or seeks help to resolve the issue.”

      While she currently wears two hats, Simon enjoys the diversity of her position at Widener. “I’ve been afforded many opportunities throughout my time here,” she said. “The change of pace and responsibilities keeps each day interesting.”

      One thing hasn’t changed for Simon – her relationship with her co-workers. “We really are a family at Widener,” she said. “It makes coming to work very enjoyable and allows me to be more effective in everything I do.”

      The Eckard Award was established by William David Eckard III, longtime vice president of administration and finance at Widener University and a 1966 graduate of Pennsylvania Military College. He created the award, a $3,000 cash grant, in memory of his father to help promote and reward excellence at Widener. Recipients must work for Widener on a full-time basis for at least 10 years and consistently demonstrate an outstanding level of service.


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