Award for Excellence: Faculty and staff honored by Board of Trustees

February 12, 2018

Board chair Smyth McKissick and President Jim Clements pose with Laura Blakely at the Award for Excellence reception honoring faculty and staff.

By Jillian Gaskins, Class of 2018
Clemson University Relations

Laura Blakely is the heart and soul of operations within the Trustee House. Her colleagues describe her as “the glue that keeps it all together.” As the face that visitors see when they walk in the door, she is the first impression that they have of the University Relations department.

A 12-year-veteran of Clemson, she had not received a university-level award.

Until now.

Blakely was among faculty and staff who were recognized by the Board of Trustees last week with its Award for Excellence. The award, which was given annually and was brought back after a short hiatus, acknowledges faculty and staff whose vision, accomplishments and efforts have brought honor to Clemson. Awards are given to 25 staff members and 25 faculty members.

“I was pleasantly surprised, and I feel honored and appreciated. After being here for 12 years, it was a great recognition to receive,” said Blakely.

Pic of CC Bates

C.C. Bates was among 25 faculty members recognized at the event.

Faculty member C.C. Bates, Ph.D. was also happy to be recognized.

Bates helped develop the iOS app, “Record of Reading” as an oral reading assessment for students. The results have been incredible with over 250,000 downloads to date.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Board of Trustees,” said Bates. “I am grateful for the support I have received over the years from Clemson, which has allowed me to engage in meaningful work with teachers and children in South Carolina.”

The nomination period for the awards begin in mid-May through June 30. Faculty nominees should be full-time employees who have been honored by academic or professional societies at the national or international level. Staff nominees must also be full time and have received a national or international level award, or through extraordinary contributions.

Learn more about the awards, award categories and award winners here.

View event pics here.

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