Wayne State honors over 600 dedicated employees and retirees at annual recognition program

April 28, 2017

On April 25, more than 600 Wayne State employees gathered in the Community Arts Auditorium to be recognized, celebrating a combined total of 10,185 years of service to the university.  

The annual Employee Recognition Program acknowledges faculty, staff and administrators who are celebrating milestone years of service, as well as those who are retiring from the university. This year’s event celebrated the service of 531 employees and 80 retirees. The program included remarks from Associate Vice President of Human Resources Alicia Pendleton, Provost Keith Whitfield, Governor Marilyn Kelly, and Deputy CIO of Computing and Information Technology Patrick Gossman.

Jerry Herron, dean of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College, delivered the keynote address, which highlighted the importance of recognition and collaboration, the value of celebrating the past, and the university’s growth and deep connections with Detroit.

“You look around at this marvelous place where people come together to change themselves and to change the world, and you begin to recognize what we have done and what we are always beginning to do again,” said Herron, who was recognized for 35 years of service. “Referencing the past and thanking the future in this most indispensable, American place — Detroit. It’s a wonder to be here, and a gift. We couldn’t do it without each other; lucky for us, we don’t have to try.”

Following the remarks, honorees and their families were invited to attend a reception at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center.

This year’s honorees included many recognizable faces from across campus. Julie Miller, vice president and secretary to the Board of Governors, and Anthony Holt, Wayne State University police chief, were both honored for 40 years of dedicated service.

“The time has gone by so fast. Wayne State has been a fantastic place to be. The diversity of people and the ability to work with students creates an environment you can’t help but love,” said Miller. “I can’t think of a better place to have a career.”

Holt, who received a standing ovation during the program, first stepped on campus as a student and never looked back.

“I grew up here, and it feels like I never left — I’ve never wanted to,” Hold said. “I feel very fortunate to be part of the Wayne State community.”

A complete listing of all retirees and employees celebrating milestone anniversaries can be found online.