GHC IT employee wins Chancellor’s Service Excellence Award

Linda Corbin’s hard work and dedication to her job has netted her a statewide award.

The administrative assistant for information technology at Georgia Highlands College won a Chancellor’s Service Excellence Award Oct. 21 during the award presentation ceremony at Georgia Perimeter College’s Clarkston campus.

University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby awarded Corbin with the Bronze Front Desk Support Excellence Award, given to employees who demonstrate consistently high levels of performance while accomplishing normal job responsibilities as it relates to service for the past year.

“The Chancellor’s Service Excellence Awards were created to honor employees that have gone above and beyond their normal job responsibilities,” said Deborah Scott, director of USG Service Excellence. “The team efforts stand as a genuine example of service excellence — consistently exceeding the expectations of our constituents. We are proud of your service excellence efforts to make the University System of Georgia ‘United in Service and Quality.’”

Corbin, 60, who attended the ceremony without knowing she had won an award, said she’s worked at GHC almost 15 years and felt like it was a “great accomplishment” to be nominated and to win.

“I was astounded but very proud,” the Rome resident said. “I could not believe it when they called my name. When you really enjoy your job, you want to do your best. It really makes me feel appreciated for my efforts, and we all work together as a team. I work with an outstanding boss and co-workers that compliment me on my efforts. I think of my co-workers as family.”

GHC Human Resources Manager Terri Cavender said the executive leadership team — including Jeff Patty, vice president of information technology/chief information officer, and Jason McFry, assistant chief information officer/director of client technology and media services — reviewed and approved the nominees before using “substantiating information” to support and write the nominations for the Chancellor’s Service Excellence committee.

McFry, Corbin’s immediate supervisor for five years, said she is “without a doubt an all-star employee who I can always count on to tackle any — and all — duties, projects and assignments.”

“We are so fortunate to have Linda as part of the ITS team,” he said. “Her commitment to our faculty, staff and students is evident every day. You would be hard-pressed to find a more dedicated and productive individual who deserved this award, so I was very excited for Linda.”

“We consider Linda to be one of the extremely high contributors to the ITS team,” Patty said. “She is what you look for in a model employee. She performs every task to the highest level and always with a great attitude and smile.”

Besides her normal duties, Corbin helps with the call list to congratulate new students who are accepted to GHC and is a volunteer for the Faculty/Staff Campaign.

“It gives me an opportunity to help students, staff [and] faculty and get to know them better, which is what I enjoy doing,” she said.

Corbin said she works with employees on all five Georgia Highlands campuses, either by phone or in person.

“I enjoy helping faculty, staff and students with various technology issues,” she said. “I am so proud to be a part of the Georgia Highlands College family. We are GHC!”

Cavender said 275 nominations were submitted in eight categories for Chancellor’s Service Excellence Awards, and only 20 awards were given to individuals and teams. Ten honorable mention certificates also were awarded.

There are three levels of awards: gold (top recipient), silver (first runner-up) and bronze (second runner-up). Honorable mentions are given, if needed.

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