Apr 26, 2019 | Atlanta, GA
When Wansley Dennis was hired as an administrative assistant in September 1993, Georgia Tech was a significantly different place. The Olympic Village, which is today student housing, and the Campus Recreation Center were under construction for the 1996 Olympics, John Crecine was serving his final year as the Institute’s ninth president, many offices shared a single personal computer, and the first HOPE scholarships were being awarded to Georgia students.
Twenty-five years later, now a training coordinator in Human Resources, she remains as passionate and excited as she was on her first day working at Tech.
“It doesn’t seem like 25 years when you really love what you are doing and you’re making a real difference in the lives of other employees,” she said. “It is rare to find a place with the consistency of Georgia Tech. I still have the same phone number.”
At the Faculty and Staff Service Luncheon held at the Renaissance Hotel in Midtown on Thursday, April 18, Georgia Tech Human Resources recognized the service and accomplishments of employees who have completed 10 or 25 years of employment.
Kim D. Harrington, associate vice president for Human Resources, served as emcee, and President G.P. “Bud” Peterson congratulated the employees honored at the event.
“One of the things that always strikes me at events like these is the amount of institutional knowledge that is possessed by this group, and the lives they have touched,” Peterson said.
The group included 49 employees who have served for 25 years, and 91 who have worked at Tech for 10. Each received a certificate and a Gold T.
Georgia Tech’s Living History Program presented a video featuring interviews with notable alumni and historic moments at the Institute.
“I have the distinction of being a student, alumnus, and a Georgia Tech employee,” recalled S. Gordon Moore, executive director for Student Diversity and Inclusion in Institute Diversity, and a 25-year award recipient. “This truly represents all of the aspects of Georgia Tech that have shaped me and that I have used to shape Georgia Tech.”