FMU Staff Luncheon

Karl McAlister receives the Marvin Lynch Humanitarian Award from Fred Carter, Francis Marion University president, during the annual staff luncheon.

FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University presented awards to four employees during the annual staff luncheon on June 20 on campus.

Karl McAlister received the Marvin Lynch Humanitarian Award and Ann Williams received the John J. Kispert Leadership Award.

McAlister has served the university for 25 years and retired this year. He worked as a library specialist at the Rogers Library. McAlister also worked to preserve the Hewn Timber Cabins on the campus. The Lynch award recognizes a staff member who exhibits an unusual commitment to and care for his fellow man both on and off the job.

“I’m totally surprised and impressed with myself,” McAlister said.

McAlister said he’s had a wonderful 25 years at the university.

Williams, who received the Kispert award, is the university registrar. She has been with the university for 24 years. The Kispert award recognizes staff members who inspire their colleagues with a higher standard of leadership than what is called for by their position.

John Petrush and George Gainey received the two Outstanding Staff awards.

Petrush is the director of instructional technology. He has been employed by the university for seven years. Gainey is the FMU estate’s groundskeeper and has worked with the university for 12 years. Both Petrush and Gainey were lauded for their cheerful dispositions, their cooperative spirit and their commitment to their jobs.

The university also recognized nine employees who retired this year. Retiring employees received a rocking chair with the university logo engraved on it. Fred Carter, president of the university, said the employees who are retiring have left the university a better place.

“You’re the people who made this institution, and you do it with the hard work that you exhibit every single day,” Carter said. “You do it, quite honestly, with the way you motivate these young men and women who come, with the words that you pass on to them, with the fact that you continue to nudge them to get through this institution.”

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