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Thursday, July 18, 2013


President John R. Broderick presents the Employee of the Month Award to Sherry Davis Tuesday morning.
Sherry Davis Honored as Employee of the Month for June

Working behind the scenes at such a high level, Old Dominion's executive secretary to the president and chief operating officer has a demanding job, and one that is counted on and appreciated day in and day out by her immediate supervisors. Dedication and outstanding work have, indeed, been the hallmarks of Sherry Davis' long career at the university, as many throughout the campus can attest. It's what people have come to expect.

So it was somehow fitting that Davis' nomination for Employee of the Month came from a relative newcomer to the university family - someone with a fresh perspective. Craig Bowen, assistant for special projects to the COO since January, said he was prompted to nominate Davis after having observed the role she played in coordinating two on-campus interview processes during a very busy period.

"Sherry has contributed to ODU for many years, but I also know that in the short time that I have been here, she has enhanced the work we are able to do for the university."

Davis has been a full-time classified employee at ODU since 1979, when she joined the Office of Academic Affairs as a clerk typist. She became an executive secretary senior for that office in 1985, and in February 1988 moved to the President's Office. In September 1992 she became an administrative staff assistant and assumed her current title as executive secretary to the president and COO in December 2011.

In his letter of nomination, Bowen lauded Davis' work coordinating the interview processes for two search committees: the vice president for human resources and the director of military affairs. He cited her attention to detail and communication skills - not only with the search committee members and candidates, but also in dealing with the many campus offices involved in one way or another - in helping both searches go smoothly.

"The work coordinating the on-campus interview processes for these positions took place during very busy times for her in the office, such as Board of Visitors meetings, the legislative session, the university budget activities and graduation," Bowen said. "The extra work she did to coordinate these processes demonstrates how she meets the award criteria."

Throughout the searches, wading through the "complexity of details," Davis could be counted on to demonstrate "care, concern and civility," Bowen said, adding: "To carry out this work, Sherry showed great enthusiasm and energy by following up to make sure things were done properly and that all participants were well-informed about the processes. One recent candidate commented on how very well-organized and smooth the process had been."

Bowen concluded: "Sherry Davis has contribute so much to the university over the past three decades. But most recently she has added to those many contributions by coordinating two important searches that will benefit students, faculty and staff at ODU. And she accomplished this important work by providing services to internal and external groups by her inspiring leadership, using her enthusiasm and energy, and working as a member of a team with care and concern."


The University Employee of the Month Selection Committee encourages employees to nominate their outstanding, "go the extra mile" colleagues and employees. This program is designed to acknowledge and reward employees whose accomplishments and/or demeanor exemplify excellence, quality service and commitment to ODU. Classified and AP faculty employees receive a framed certificate from the president, $175 and one day of leave. Hourly winners get $250, since they are not eligible to receive recognition leave.

Note: The selection committee needs specific examples that relate to each applicable criterion in order to select a nominee for the award. Nominations remain active for six months from date of submission and nominators may submit additional documentation to support a nominee during the active six months.

The criteria used to nominate an employee include the following:

• An outstanding accomplishment that benefited the department/students.

• Extraordinary service to internal and/or external customers.

• Inspiring initiative/leadership.

• Enthusiasm/energy given to assigned work.

• Teamwork.

• Exemplary efforts to nurture a climate of care, concern and civility.

• Creative innovations to service, process or work tools.

For more information contact Tony Belk at or 3-3046, or go to employee of the month.

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